This is a busy year if you are headed to law school. Though most of the work on your actual application will be done in your senior year, this is the time you need to be preparing and taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
A Special Note about LSATs in the time of Covid
As an accommodation to the pandemic, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is administering a special version of the LSAT called LSATFlex. This test is taken on your home computer on specific dates while being electronically monitored. It is slightly shorter than the traditional LSAT, but the subjects covered and the same and the test is accepted by all law schools as the equivalent to the LSAT. Though a definite schedule has not been issued for how long the LSATFlex will be the test given, it is anticipated that it will be given through the spring semester of 2021. Preparation for this test is the same as if you were taking the traditional LSAT, and you must register for the LSATFlex through LSAC, as usual. It is anticipated that the test will be given approximately 9 times in the calendar year.
It is recommended that juniors plan to take the LSATFlex between May and August, which would allow time to take it again, if necessary, in the early fall. LSAC offers a free course to prepare you for the test through Kahn Academy, which you can access once you have opened your account with LSAC. Allow four months of dedicated study for the test.
In addition to planning for the LSAT in your Junior year, you should:
- Think about who you will ask to write letters of recommendation for you. A good combination is two professors who have taught you and another person who knows you well outside the university, such as an internship supervisor or employer
- Take on a leadership role in an organization in which you have been active
- Meet with the Center for Career Development to update your resume
- Investigate possible internships for the summer in law-related areas (Legal Aid, state or federal legislature, state or federal politician, corporation, Connecticut Judicial Branch, etc.)
- Attend the UConn Law School Fair, generally held in mid-October. Speak with representatives from schools that interest you.
- Consider attending the larger LSAC Forums in either Boston or New York
- Meet with the pre-law advisor
- Become a research assistant or complete an independent research project with a faculty mentor.
- KEEP YOUR GRADES UP