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Gisele Joachim

Gisele Joachim is Dean of Enrollment Management at Seton Hall Law School and is responsible for managing admissions policy and process.

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Position Yourself to Practice Law in New York

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 1/12/17 1:15 PM

Many prospective students enter law school hoping to work in a particular geographic area. For example, some may ask – if I go to school in New Jersey, do I have chance to practice law in New York City? At Seton Hall, the answer is an unquestionable yes. Seton Hall students will actually see that they have more than just a chance to practice law in New York; they will have options.

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Topics: Internships/Jobs, Admissions

Your Law School Application's Journey to a Decision

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 10/27/16 6:50 PM

Now that you have submitted your law school applications you may be wondering – what happens next? Although procedures may be slightly different between law schools – there are certainly some common practices. Read on for a brief overview of what happens to your application once it leaves your hands.  

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Topics: Admissions

Students: You Can Do More than Study in Newark

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 4/14/16 2:30 PM

Newark? Yes! Newark!

Whether you work or study in Newark, it is always nice to be introduced to new places to go and things to do. To provide some inspiration for expanding your social horizons – I wanted to share some local favorites of students and faculty.

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Topics: Admissions, Student Life, Newark

When and How To Write an Addendum to Your Law School Application

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 12/30/15 10:14 AM

Welcome to the third post in my series intended to provide guidance to law school applicants looking to submit a standout application. Once you have tackled your personal statement and secured outstanding letters of recommendation, it is time to stand back and look at the “pieces” of your law school application objectively. It is helpful to view your application as a puzzle to be understood by the readers (those evaluating your potential for success in law school and in a legal career).

In most cases the readers will only get to know you from the items in your application file. There will be no interview and no other way to assess your potential. So, stand back and objectively determine – with everything that will be seen in my admissions file, what raises questions? What are the missing puzzle pieces to understanding why I am a good candidate for admission?

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

Obtain an Outstanding Law School Letter of Recommendation

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 11/25/15 8:30 AM

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Now that you have written a superb personal statement, I want to focus on another aspect of your law school application – Letters of Recommendation (LOR) are another way that an otherwise average application may rise above the pack.

Although you do not have control over what your letter writer(s) may write, you certainly have control over ensuring that you select the individual(s) with the most relevant and positive things to say. Ideally, your recommender(s) should speak thoughtfully to your strengths and, if necessary, address any weaknesses your application may reveal.

It is also important that your choice of recommenders ‘makes sense’.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

How to Write a Personal Statement for Law School

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 11/5/15 10:00 AM

I am often asked how to write a personal statement for law school so that the application stands out from the rest. Submitting an outstanding law school application may seem like an unachievable ideal, but consider a few simple recommendations and your application will get full attention!

To get your law school application to stand out you should focus on three components: the personal statement, letters of recommendation, and additional addenda.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions, Writing