OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

Seven Steps for Law School Exam Success

Posted by Sarah Waldeck on 3/2/17 8:50 AM


Are you a law student looking to do well on your next round of finals? Then buckle down because what you do now matters much more than what you do in the days immediately preceding the exam.

By the end of the semester, my 1L Property students will have read more than 600 pages and have almost 70 hours worth of class notes. Together all those pages and all those notes are an enormous intellectual mountain. The most effective way to climb this particular mountain is to constantly reduce its size.

You whittle away at the mountain by following these steps:

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Can You Really Earn a JD Degree Online?

Posted by Peter Eraca on 2/6/17 8:30 AM

Increasing numbers of students are gaining access to quality higher education through online learning. College and graduate education has been available for decades through both online divisions of traditional “brick and mortar” universities and through specialized online-only institutions where students can pursue everything from certificates to PhDs either partly or wholly online.

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Topics: Classes and Courses, Admissions

Talk to Me: An Intensive Introduction to Crisis Negotiation

Posted by Sheena Shah on 2/1/17 10:15 AM

Crisis Negotiation is one of my favorite courses at Seton Hall Law. I acquired a newfound appreciation for active listening and the virtue of patience, especially when dealing with persons whose normal coping skills have failed.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Classes and Courses, Experiential Learning

Why I Study Alone (And the Exception to My Rule)

Posted by Sheena Shah on 11/23/16 10:33 AM

As a first year law student, the thought of one final exam determining 100% of my grade was daunting and I wanted to make sure I was prepared for what was to come. When I started law school, I asked many second and third year law students about their studying strategies. I noticed that study groups were pretty common, but decided that they were not for me and that was the best choice I ever made.

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Topics: Classes and Courses, Student Life

Law Students Need To Understand Basic Financial Concepts

Posted by Timothy Glynn on 11/2/16 1:00 PM

Historically, law schools focused almost exclusively on teaching students substantive legal concepts and developing corresponding analytical and writing skills. While this traditional core – “learning to think and write like a lawyer” -- remains at the center of the law school curriculum, it has become clear that law students need to develop other skills and knowledge to be successful once they graduate. Thus, we have seen a proliferation of course offerings focused on matters such as effective communication and leadership, adeptness with technology, and data analysis.

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How to Prepare for Law School While You Are Still in College

Posted by Claudette St. Romain on 9/27/16 7:49 AM

College students considering law school often ask which major will prepare them for success in law school. The answer is simple: choose a major that challenges you, requires you to think deeply, broadens your horizons, and sparks your passion. 

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Navigating a Juvenile Detention Hearing Toward a Positive Outcome

Posted by Valisha Desir on 9/2/16 8:30 AM

When I walked into the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the start of the spring semester, I was excited for a change in my learning experience as a law student. I had grown accustomed to the classroom experience and was anticipating gaining an understanding of the judicial process from a hands-on perspective. To me, participating in the Juvenile Justice Clinic and working with the Public Defender’s Unit was an opportunity to learn the administrative processes of not just the courtroom but how each judge prefers to run their respective courts.

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Topics: Classes and Courses, Student Life, Clinics

Law School Clinic Experience Gave Me the Chance to Provide Hope

Posted by Timothy Ortolani on 7/5/16 11:00 AM

My participation in the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic was by far my most memorable experience in law school. Professor Farrin Anello assigned my partner and I to a time-sensitive case. The client was a young woman who recently fled Guatemala and had entered the United States without a visa. After being apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, she was sent to Delaney Hall Detention Center right here in Newark, where she was being held when we met her. Her bond hearing was rapidly approaching, and Catholic Charities brought her case to the attention of the Center for Social Justice. After reviewing the documents from our client’s initial interview with an asylum officer, we believed that she had a strong domestic violence-based asylum claim.

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Topics: Classes and Courses, Student Life, Experiential Learning, Clinics

Equal Justice Clinic Provides More than Transactional Legal Skills

Posted by Renée Bissonnette on 4/29/16 11:04 AM

csj_exterior-803202-edited.jpgIn 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote a public letter while he was imprisoned in Birmingham jail. In it, he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Of course I’d heard this quote many times throughout my life, but I suppose in all honesty it affected me in the way most grandiose platitudes did: not much. We all innately feel that injustice cannot be tolerated, however, until injustice finds its way into our day-to-day lives, we are hard-pressed to find the motivation to take action, or the ability to comprehend what it truly means to face injustice.

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Topics: Classes and Courses, Clinics

Intro to Lawyering: More Than a Legal Research and Writing Course

Posted by Maya Grosz on 2/22/16 9:30 AM

Seton Hall’s first year curriculum includes a class that is not found at many other law schools. It is called Introduction to Lawyering, and it is broadly ambitious. The course introduces students to the core skills, values, and professional habits that are integral to lawyering across many areas of practice. Fundamentally, the course is grounded in the practical experience of real lawyers. It is modeled on what real lawyers do. Seton Hall used to offer a class that is more typically offered at law schools across the country – Legal Research and Writing. So how does Introduction to Lawyering differ from Legal Research and Writing and why did we make this change?

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Topics: Classes and Courses, Experiential Learning, Writing