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October 18, 2005

What's an Adequate Application Timetable?

Request of the day:

I have decided to take the December LSAT in order to apply for the 2006 admissions process. The admission deadline for my top choice is March 1st but I plan to process the application in January.

My question is: is this too short of a time table? I will have had about two months to prepare for the LSAT. Some people have advised that they prepared for three months, others have told me they only prepared for a month. What have some of you done?

Should I be concerned with such a small time frame to complete the entire law school application process?

Posted by mowabb at October 18, 2005 10:36 AM

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If you take enough time to study during the two months it will be more than enough time to prepare for the LSAT.

I would be more worried about getting your applications in early enough. Most schools admit on a rolling basis, so the earlier you get your application in the better. A lot of schools have most of their offers for admission out by mid-January (and that is for people who applied earlier in the year, like in October or November), and if you take the LSAT in January, you won't be able to fully apply until you receive your score in January (you can apply ahead of time, but they won't consider you until your LSAT score is in).

Of course, if your LSAT score is awesome, you'll get in somewhere no matter what. So, whatever.

Posted by: Unreasonable Man at October 18, 2005 01:55 PM

Be aware that you might be sending your applications in before you've gotten your LSAT score back. This may or may not be a big deal to you, depending on the range of scores you're achieving in practice exams, and what schools you are applying to. It's certainly doable, though.

I studied for about two months for the LSAT, and I didn't kill myself over it: maybe six to eight hours a week at the most.

Make sure you also take the time to write your admissions essays, get your letter-writers to write and send their letters to LSAC, and get all the other administrative details lined up.

Posted by: kristine at October 18, 2005 03:15 PM

I prepped for the LSAT the first time about 2 months, and about 2 weeks the second time I took it. I was working full time (50-60 hours/week) during the preparation period in both instances.

Definitely start gathering your LSDAS information early - transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. My LSAT scores were emailed to me in about three weeks for both my exams. Also, if you can get the applications this fall, it can't hurt to start filling them out now. They won't consider your application "complete" until everything is in, but it doesn't all have to be processed at once.

For me personally, the application itself only took a few days. But it took me months to get myself in a (mental) place where I could write it. Your mileage may vary.

Posted by: jeanne at October 18, 2005 04:14 PM