Checklist: Junior Year

During your junior year, things start to get busy. In addition to keeping up your grades and working on developing your resume through internships and campus leadership roles, you should also be exploring things like study abroad, undergraduate research, and national scholarships and fellowships. As you’re doing all of this, you also should be studying for the LSAT.

You’ll want to take the LSAT the June after your junior year or October of your senior year. The October test is generally the most popular, but the June test has some advantages.

UPDATE 5/15/17: Beginning with the June 2017 test administration, UConn has joined the list of official LSAT testing centers in Connecticut. All four annual administrations of the test will be offered on campus. Please keep this in mind for your future planning.

You should specifically:

  • Meet with the pre-law advisor fall semester to make a personalized plan for junior and senior year.
  • Register with the Law School Admissions Council.
  • Prepare for the LSAT!
  • No, really, prepare for the LSAT!
  • Register for the LSAT as early as possible to ensure you get one of your first choices in testing location.
  • Take the LSAT in June after Junior Year.
  • Study abroad, if possible.
  • Take on leadership roles in the student organizations you joined freshman and sophomore year.
  • Begin thinking about personal statement topics.
  • Attend a personal statement writing workshop offered by the Pre-Law Center or the Writing Center.
  • Meet with the Center for Career Development to update your resume.
  • Apply for summer internships, ideally in a legal setting.
    • This doesn’t have to be a law firm, but it should be something where you’re working with lawyers on legal issues.
  • Attend the UConn Law School Fair, usually held in October.
  • Try to attend the larger LSAC Forums, usually held in Boston and New York City in October or November.
  • Continue getting to know your professors.
    • Be an active participant in class. Sit in front. Discuss. Be more than a face in the crowd.
    • Go to office hours.
    • Take more than one class with the same professor, if possible.
    • Become a research assistant or complete an independent research project with a faculty mentor.