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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 Peter Eraca on 9/15/20 1:52 PM

(Post updated September 14, 2023)

One of the top questions Admissions Counselors are often asked is whether there is an optimal time to submit your law school application. The answer depends upon the deadlines of the particular law schools to which you plan to apply. With that in mind, 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 Peter Eraca on 9/15/20 1:51 PM

(Post updated September 14, 2023)

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

COMMENT IN TIME OF COVID-19

Posted by Father Nicholas Gengaro on 3/26/20 7:01 PM

Just over twenty years ago, the Seton Hall family experienced an inconceivable tragedy as three freshmen students, Aaron Karol, John Giunta and Frank Caltabilota, lost their lives in an early morning fire in the North Boland dormitory.  Members of the priest community decided then to divide ourselves among the three families, each of us accompanying one family during the days of mourning. I attended the Karol family.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Student Life

A Can't Miss Opportunity for Aspiring Trial Attorneys

Posted by Alexander Corson on 3/18/20 10:30 AM

The Denis F. McLaughlin Advanced Trial & Advocacy Workshop is a must have experience for any student aspiring to be a trial lawyer.  This intensive two-week winter course promised to further develop skills learned in Persuasion and Advocacy but ended up delivering much more. We had opportunities not only to repeatedly practice each segment of a trial, but to receive insightful feedback from at least three highly successful attorneys after each exercise.   

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Topics: Classes and Courses, Experiential Learning

Loving the Law

Posted by Jaden W.R. Jackson on 2/26/20 12:02 PM

Filled with tests and tasks, the journey to becoming an attorney can feel less like a career path and more like an obstacle course. It takes will-power and intelligence; resilience and determination; strength and patience. Before even entering law school, there are a series of facts to consider and decisions to make. You’re required to disclose your entire life to total strangers. It can be uncomfortable and challenging, yet thousands of students embark on the journey every single year. They throw themselves into their studies and often sacrifice much of their personal lives and relationships, all for the dream of one day placing “Esquire” after their name… Why?

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Topics: Classes and Courses, Student Life

Law Professor Explains How to Tackle the LSAT Writing Sample

Posted by Melanie Perez-Vellios on 12/3/19 11:15 AM


So, you want to go to law school?  You already know you will need to complete the LSAT exam, as well as the LSAT Writing requirement.  LSAT Writing is a thirty-five minute writing assignment requiring you to assess a hypothetical problem, select between two possible solutions and write a persuasive essay advocating for one side.  While the essay is not scored, it will play a role in admissions committees’ evaluation of your application so you will want to make the best possible impression.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions, Writing

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