OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

Veterans Education Benefits for Law School

Posted by Karen Sokol on 12/7/17 4:28 PM

If you are a veteran who is thinking of applying to law school, you may be eligible to use your veterans education benefits to help pay for your tuition and other qualified expenses.  In some cases, veteran’s benefits will cover the entire amount of tuition and fees.  Below, I address the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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Topics: Financial Aid, Admissions

Keeping Law School Exams and Grades in Perspective

Posted by Paula Franzese on 12/1/17 10:36 AM

Law school exams present a unique set of stressors, inducing fear even in the most confident people. When the parade of horribles comes marching in - "I can't do this," "I'll never get all this done," "Everyone is so much more prepared than me," "I don't understand any of this" - stop that procession in its tracks and declare out loud: FEELINGS ARE NOT FACTS. 

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Classes and Courses

Do I Need to Take the LSAT to Get Into Law School?

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 11/14/17 3:43 PM

This seems to be a question that some prospective law students are asking these days.  In order to answer it, I will try to help you determine what has and hasn’t changed with regards to law school admissions and standardized testing requirements without taking you too far into the weeds of law school accreditation.  There has been quite a bit of discussion and media reports of law schools seeking alternatives to the use of the LSAT.  What is happening?

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

Law Students Develop Leadership Skills While Giving Back to Community

Posted by Paula Franzese on 11/9/17 8:09 AM


Photo: Leadership Fellows Max Mescall, Mary Bessemer, Joanita Gakami, Nick Carlson and Cornelia Szymanski

The Leadership Fellows Program at Seton Hall Law provides a unique opportunity for law students to cultivate essential leadership skills through a series of interactive activities, reflections, and ultimately, through the planning and execution of a leadership project. Here is how Leadership Fellows Mary Bessemer ('18) and Cornelia Szymanski ('18) described their experiences in the program: 

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Topics: Classes and Courses, Student Life, Experiential Learning

Highlighting Professional Experience on Your Law School Application

Posted by Peter Eraca on 10/26/17 8:01 AM



Students of all ages and experience levels often wonder how to appropriately express their professional credentials on their law school application. Whether you have college jobs, an internship, or twenty years of professional experience under your belt, there are a few overall guidelines you can follow to get the biggest application bang from your experience buck.

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Topics: Graduate Programs, Advice and Tips, Admissions, Writing

Understanding Law School Admissions Deadlines

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 10/12/17 8:29 AM

Admissions Counselors are often asked if there is an optimal time to submit your law school application. The answer to that question depends upon the law school admissions deadlines of the school(s) for which you plan to apply.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

Professor Review: A Short & Happy Guide to Being a Law Student

Posted by Amy Newcombe on 10/3/17 11:15 AM

When I started law school, I loved it. But I also worried that law school would be too hard. I worried that I would not be smart enough, that I would not be up to the challenge, and that I didn’t belong. I read my assignments too late into the evening and then had trouble falling asleep. What I needed was a little wisdom, some reassurance, and encouragement from someone wise—I needed a book that had not been written yet: A Short & Happy Guide to Being a Law Student by Paula Franzese.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Student Life

Who Ya Gonna Call?! (Hint: It's not the Ghostbusters)

Posted by Andrea Cascarano on 9/27/17 2:05 PM

Ok, ok, I know the title’s a bit dated. Fortunately, every movie in the theaters these days is a remake, so you all get the reference.

Anyway, when Vigo the Carpathian comes to spoil the party you need Egon and his Proton Pack, but when the scary stuff is real, and it’s threatening to spoil way more than just a law school party, do you know who to call? Actually, do you even know that you should call?

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Student Life

Maximize Your Success on the Uniform Bar Exam with Careful Course Selection

Posted by John Kip Cornwell on 9/25/17 10:25 AM

Bar passage is the gateway to practicing law; indeed, outside of Wisconsin, you cannot practice in the United States without it.  But the bar exam is being transformed, and prospective students should understand these changes and their implications.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Classes and Courses

Why Tech Must Understand Privacy Law Fundamentals

Posted by Najarian Peters on 9/15/17 7:30 AM

BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS, FROM WATERFALL TO AGILE:

“What, am I looking at?” That’s what I said to myself.  Then I thought, “Sanjay must have sent me the wrong file.”  Turns out, nope.  I had asked him for an audit log report.  My request was neither unusual nor surprising. I was, after all, the new privacy officer for Sanjay’s business unit.  I received an email from him sans subject line with one large excel file attached; also not surprising, he was the lead software developer.  I opened the file and began to scroll.  Scroll as I might, I had not found the end of the document after 90 seconds. I tried scrolling both horizontally and vertically, as if doing so would help me make sense of the multitude of alpha numeric columns and rows that created a data maze on my computer screen.  The scrolling did not help.

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Topics: Graduate Programs, Compliance

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