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6 Reasons to Make Pro Bono Work Part of Your Law School Experience

Posted by Lori Borgen on 10/27/20 7:00 AM

Attorneys and law students across the country will be joining the National Pro Bono Celebration from October 25-31, 2020. The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service launched this important initiative because of the increasing need for vital pro bono services to help low-income individuals and non-profit groups.

As a law student, you can be involved in many activities and take a variety of classes. Here’s why volunteer legal work should be part of your law school experience:

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Topics: Internships/Jobs, Experiential Learning, Clinics

How to Handle Being on a Law School Waitlist

Posted by Katya Valasek on 9/16/20 4:05 PM

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

After all the hard work that goes into completing and submitting a law school application, it can be disappointing to find out that you have been waitlisted at one of your top choice schools. Being waitlisted can be particularly troubling for people used to being proactive, so we often get questions about the process moving forward.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

Questions to Ask at Virtual and In-Person Law School Fairs

Posted by Katya Valasek on 9/16/20 2:21 PM

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, law school admissions staff heads would head out on the road every fall to attend numerous law school fairs, graduate school fairs and LSAC Forums around the country. This year, the events are virtual. Whether in person or through the wonders of technology, these events are so important for interested students because it is the best exposure you, as a candidate, can get to a large number of schools from around the country. You can begin to build relationships with people at your top schools – regardless of where you are in the process. Coming to these events prepared and asking the right questions will make you a more informed consumer.  

Not sure what to talk about once you get there? Use this opportunity to ask for specific information about the schools at the top of your list. Here are some questions to keep in mind when attending a law school fair or LSAC forum:

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Topics: Admissions

How Multiple LSAT or GRE Scores Impact Your Application

Posted by Katya Valasek on 9/16/20 1:49 PM

One of the most frequent questions I get is how Seton Hall Law handles law school applications with multiple LSAT or GRE 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

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

Posted by Isabel DiSciullo on 9/15/20 1:53 PM

This seems to be an age-old question! 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

Understanding Law School Application Deadlines

Posted by Isabel DiSciullo on 9/15/20 1:52 PM

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. So here are a few things to consider as you begin your application process and map out all the deadline dates.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

Your Law School Application's Journey to a Decision

Posted by Isabel DiSciullo on 9/15/20 1:51 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

THE MEASURE OF A PERSON - OVERCOMING IMPOSTOR SYNDROME AS A LAW STUDENT

Posted by William Martinez on 8/27/20 12:22 PM

During my second semester of law school, I attended the New York City Bar Association portrait unveiling of Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. As I rode the PATH train into the city, I thought about the slim chance of meeting one of my personal heroes. I thought about what I would ask her, if given the opportunity.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Student Life

Your Cover Letter Counts: The Purpose, The Particulars, The Plan

Posted by Kylie Cohen on 8/26/20 10:14 AM

It is the day of your interview! You are excited, you are prepared…REWIND!

What about the preparation it took to secure that interview? That is where your cover letter comes into play! Legal cover letters are an extremely important part of the internship and job application process, and it is imperative to become familiar with their purpose to put your best foot forward when drafting them.

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Topics: Internships/Jobs, Advice and Tips

Student Loan Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Karen Sokol on 3/31/20 6:15 PM

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides relief to student loan borrowers.  Here’s what this means for you.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Financial Aid

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