College Students

College Pre-Law Checklist

Freshman & Sophomore Years

  • Select a major field of study that is rigorous, appealing, and in which you can do well. Keep in mind the following: As a law student you will be doing a lot of reading, writing, and research. Take coursework that involves all of these. You do not need to be a political science major…all sorts of majors go on to law school.
  • Begin to establish a positive impression with professors who could write letters of recommendation for you.
  • Become involved with student organizations, activities that interest you and can lead to positions of substantial responsibility. However, keep in mind that your grades should be your first priority.
  • Start exploring the work of attorneys through internships and volunteer work.

Junior Year

  • Become familiar with the law school application process.

  • Attend a CSU C|M|LAW Open House.

  • We also welcome daily visits for law school tours. Contact the Admission Office at 216-687-2304 or toll-free 866-687-2304 or admissionsnull@law.csuohio.nulledu to schedule your visit!

  • Begin preparing for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). A minimum of three months (12 weeks) of preparation is good...more is better.

  • To learn more about the LSAT and to register for the LSAT and the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) visit

  • If possible secure work for the summer in a law-related field in order to get some exposure to the practice of law and what it entails.

  • You may want to consider taking a logic class to help you with the logic portion of the LSAT.

Senior Year

  • Gather your CSU C|M|LAW application materials!

  • Write a draft of your personal statement, check for errors, and then consult with someone (e.g. professor, parent, or pre-law advisor) on your draft. Revise accordingly.

  • Get applications in as EARLY as possible. CSU C|M|LAW begins accepting applications on September 1 and makes admission decisions on a regular basis. 

  • Use your holiday breaks to work on your applications. Getting the applications in early could mean that you will know if you are accepted before the end of the year!

  • Ask for letters of recommendation and provide those willing to write them with the proper forms (if applicable), stamped and addressed envelopes, the deadlines, and any other materials requested (some recommenders may want to see your resume, transcript, or personal statement). LSAC offers a letter of recommendation service at no additional cost to you once you are registered with the LSDAS. Visit to learn more.

  • Arrange for transmission of all application materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, application, personal statement, resume, etc.).

  • Monitor your LSDAS account regularly for receipt of materials. This can be done online at

  • Complete the FAFSA and the CSU C|M|LAW Law Aid Applications as soon after January 1 as possible.

  • Take appropriate actions on acceptances, wait-lists, and financial aid. Pay attention to deposit amounts and deadlines.

  • Visit CSU C|M|LAW. It is important to get a “feel” for the school. We also offer admitted students the opportunity to visit during admitted student days.

  • Before leaving your undergraduate school arrange for the transmission of your final transcript (a/k/a a “degree granting transcript”, a transcript that shows you’ve received your Bachelor’s degree) to the law school you will be attending.

We look forward to seeing you at Cleveland State University and CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law!

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