Fourth Year Students

• Meet with Wake’s Pre-Law Adviser, Patricia Poole, to review the steps you’ve taken so far, to discuss your application plans, and to develop a strategy for the next few months, so that you can stay on track with the application process.
• Give the LSAC Transcript Request Form to the registrar at Wake (and any other schools you have attended during your undergraduate career) as soon as you return in the fall, so that it will be received by LSAC in plenty of time for the fall application period.
• Update your resume and have it reviewed by one of the experts in the OPCD.
• Finalize the list of schools you plan to apply to, and make sure you have double-checked the application requirements for each school on your list.
• Early in the semester, make personal contact with each person you want to be a recommender for you. Provide your resume, a draft of your personal statement (if you have one), and the LSAC Recommendation Form to each recommender. When you confirm that a recommendation has been received by LSAC, send a thank you note to the person who wrote it.
• Continue to visit the Pre-Law website for announcements and updates about pre-law events, and attend as many of the events as you can.
• Complete your personal statement, and ask Patricia Poole and/or trusted professors to review it (and any addenda you plan to submit with your applications). Make sure you double-check the requirements for each law school you’re planning to apply to, so that you can tailor the personal statement to a particular school’s prompt, if necessary.
• Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair, sponsored by the OPCD, in November, to meet law school representatives, ask questions, and gather information.
• Register for and take the October LSAT if you didn’t take the LSAT in June or if you want to retake it. If you are unsure about whether to retake the LSAT, consult Patricia Poole.
• Apply to each law school on your list as soon as possible. The earlier you submit your applications, the better. Make sure you have complied with every requirement of each school. Once a school receives your application, it will contact LSAC to have your CAS file forwarded to it; that file will contain your LSAT score(s), your transcript(s), and your letters of recommendation.
Continue to research options for financing your legal education.
• Make a personal visit to each school you’re applying to, if possible.
• Once you have received a decision from the schools you apply to, carefully weigh your options, and decide where you will enroll. Most schools require a seat deposit to hold your place once you’ve been accepted, so make sure you send in your deposit(s) by each school’s deadline. If you need to talk through your options before you decide where to enroll, meet with Patricia Poole.