Well folks – with deadlines looming, this application cycle is coming to a close. If you still haven’t filed your applications, here are some things to know!
- Get your applications in ASAP! As you know, this is a rolling application process which opened in September. Now the final/priority deadlines for many schools — March 1, March 15, and April 1 — are fast approaching!
- It’s important to understand what’s happening on the law school’s end as you complete your side of the application. Applying at this point in the cycle means that many seats in the class are already spoken for– one school described it as very similar to playing the lottery. As a result, it is difficult to predict admission results at this point.
- Financial aid may also be more restricted at this point in the cycle, depending on the school. If you haven’t already done so, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid/FAFSA ASAP! Even though the federal deadline is in June, both the law schools and the individual states have varying deadlines. Go here for more information: https://fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm#. Also – check out last week’s blog post for info on the FAFSA and other issues related to law school financial aid.
- Plan your VISITS to law schools if you haven’t already. Many law schools have finished their Open Houses, but you can still arrange a one-on-one visit…just call ahead to make sure that an admissions staff person can meet with you and to make sure the school isn’t closed for spring break.
- Are you thinking that maybe you are too late this cycle to get the kind of admissions and scholarship results you want? Are you possibly considering taking a gap year? Then mark your calendars for the next PLAS event, “Taking a Gap Year (Or More) Before Law School”, Thursday, March 29, 5pm, 514 IUB. Go here for more information.