OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

6 Ways to Compare Law Schools

Posted by Katya Valasek on 4/28/16 11:00 AM


Students planning to attend law school have a variety of success indicators they should consider when choosing where to apply, and many resources with which to consult. Most of these are based on raw data: location, numbers, scholarship retention, rankings, and employment rates. But one is not. It’s a factor that no internet source, brochure, or twitter feed can give you information about, and may, in many cases, be the most important factor. Let’s get to the data first:

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Topics: Advice and Tips, 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

Benefits of The Part-Time Law School Program

Posted by Michael De Jianne on 1/20/16 8:00 AM

Attending law school is equally challenging and fulfilling. Speaking as a (very) recent alum of Seton Hall Law’s evening program I understand the pressures and uncertainty that every student feels, especially in today’s legal market.

There is always that nagging feeling you aren’t doing quite enough to ensure the journey ends with whatever success you hope to achieve. These challenges are daunting enough to a full-time student whose primary responsibility is to go to class and do the reading. Evening students, like myself, feel the same anxiety; we just happen to have career or family obligations on top of it.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions, Student Life

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

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

(Post updated August 24, 2017)

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

How Multiple LSAT Scores Impact Your Application

Posted by Katya Valasek on 12/17/15 8:00 AM

(Post updated August 4, 2017)

Now that the December LSAT has passed, we have begun getting questions about how Seton Hall Law handles applications with multiple LSAT scores, whether someone should include an addendum explaining an increase or decrease in score, and whether they should retest. Let’s tackle that last question first…

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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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(Post updated August 7, 2017)

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

(Post updated August 17, 2017)

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

Fall 2015 Law School Admissions Travel Schedule

Posted by Katya Valasek on 11/3/15 11:08 AM

 

Fall is a busy time for us as we hit the road to meet with pre-law advisors and prospective students at law school and graduate school fairs all over the country. Although all the travel is exhausting, I think many of us consider the opportunity to meet all the amazing people at these events one of our favorite parts of the job! I know I do.

If one of us from Seton Hall Law has already met with you in our travels, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by our table. I hope you found the conversation helpful! If you have not yet been able to meet with us, don’t worry! You’re not too late. Although things wind down as the holidays approach, Seton Hall Law Admissions is still extremely busy in November.

Here’s where you can find us on the road this month:

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Topics: Admissions, Newark