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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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Should I Take the LSAT or GRE for Law School?

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 10/30/18 8:26 AM

As I looked back upon the advice I gave about a year ago on this topic – it struck me that despite some activity on the “LSAT or GRE Issue”, that not really much has changed – and, therefore my advisement is not much different today than it was then. This is why law schools care about your LSAT score.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

Free LSAT Prep Course Available Through Khan Academy

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 10/10/18 11:07 AM

I am often asked if it is worthwhile for prospective law students to invest in Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) Prep. In the past, my answer has often been a ‘soft yes’ because the answer is dependent upon the individual’s study habits, time constraints and most notably their financial situation. I’ve been reluctant to be 'all in' on a test prep recommendation, knowing that for many aspiring law students the financial constraints of commercial prep services are prohibitive.

But I also know that the LSAT is a high stakes standardized test – and applicants should do anything and everything they can to position themselves to have as many law school choices as possible. I am so pleased to finally be able to give a ‘hard yes’ to the question, now that there is free, flexible, fully online LSAT prep

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

How Do You Find The Best Law School For You? 

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 1/10/18 10:19 AM

Now that your admissions decisions are rolling in, it is time to get down to the business of selecting your law school.  One of the most important things that you can do to make this important choice is to spend time and visit law schools you are seriously considering.  At most law schools, the opportunities for visitation come in a variety of formats. 

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

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: Admissions, Advice and Tips

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: Admissions, Advice and Tips

Using Law School Rankings to Help You Make Decisions

Posted by Gisele Joachim on 3/29/17 12:32 PM

Most admissions professionals spend a considerable amount of time helping law school applicants understand the various ranking mechanisms that are out there and trying to guide prospective law students to a rational, thoughtful use of these tools.

Before we dig into this – I want to caution you that the use of any of these tools should only be one part of your analysis. It is important for you to do your homework by visiting schools you are interested in, seeking out data and information from websites and professionals at the schools, and talking to alumni. No single rank or publication should dictate your choices. Available information is best used in an all-inclusive approach.

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Topics: Admissions, Advice and Tips

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: Admissions, Internships/Jobs

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

(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

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