OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

Why Tech Must Understand Privacy Law Fundamentals

Posted by Najarian Peters on 9/15/17 7:30 AM

BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS, FROM WATERFALL TO AGILE:

“What, am I looking at?” That’s what I said to myself.  Then I thought, “Sanjay must have sent me the wrong file.”  Turns out, nope.  I had asked him for an audit log report.  My request was neither unusual nor surprising. I was, after all, the new privacy officer for Sanjay’s business unit.  I received an email from him sans subject line with one large excel file attached; also not surprising, he was the lead software developer.  I opened the file and began to scroll.  Scroll as I might, I had not found the end of the document after 90 seconds. I tried scrolling both horizontally and vertically, as if doing so would help me make sense of the multitude of alpha numeric columns and rows that created a data maze on my computer screen.  The scrolling did not help.

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Topics: Compliance, Graduate Programs

Changes are Coming to an LSAT Near You

Posted by Katya Valasek on 8/31/17 7:15 AM

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is making changes over the next 2 years that will give prospective law students more options when preparing for and taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  We know the law school application process is complicated, so here is a breakdown of these LSAT changes to keep in mind as you begin the application process:

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Topics: Admissions, Advice and Tips

Online Masters Degree Trains Professionals in Privacy Law & Cyber Security

Posted by Gaia Bernstein on 7/21/17 7:45 AM

Huge data breaches exposing the personal information of enormous numbers of people have become a regular occurrence, manifested recently by hackers’ theft of the data of 500 million Yahoo users.  The risks of data breaches can lead to identity theft and can be magnified as businesses use Big Data tools analyze masses of information to attempt to predict our behavior.

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Topics: Compliance, Graduate Programs, Internships/Jobs

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Posted by Karen Sokol on 5/23/17 1:13 PM



Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to law school. You’ve received your acceptance from the Admissions Office and your Financial Aid Award letter. Now what? What steps do you need to take to receive your financial aid awards?

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Financial Aid

Job Interview Tips for Any Law Student Who Wants to Land the Job

Posted by June Forrest on 5/12/17 11:15 AM

Summer.

It’s that glorious time chock full of barbeques, poolside relaxation, the smell of sunscreen, and sunshine-filled, long, warm days.

Not up here in the Office of Career Services, though. You’d think it was 6 PM on Christmas Eve in the jewelry department at Bloomingdales up here. It’s crazy time! For us, summer means that the clerkship application season is in full gear and Fall OCI is just around the corner. June is the time that cover letters and resumes by the ton are being edited, mock interviews are underway, and there is a massive outreach to the many employers who will flow through our doors later in the summer to scoop up our wonderful students. So as you are preparing for our little OCS “Christmas in July”, now would be a good time to consider some of our tips for job interviews.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Internships/Jobs

Students' Legal Writing Has the Power to Shape History

Posted by Alice Ristroph on 4/13/17 10:25 AM

In 1992 the New Jersey Supreme Court decided State in re M.T.S. (609 A.2d 1266 (N.J. 1992)), a case about the meaning of the term “force” in New Jersey’s sexual assault statute. As soon as the court published its opinion, scholars predicted that the decision was bound for the casebooks, and they were right. It is a great teaching case, and it is also an important early defense of the principle of affirmative consent, a way of thinking about sexual assault that has gained considerable traction in recent years. A generation of law students has now been introduced to sexual assault law through In re M.T.S.

But there’s something else about M.T.S. that’s striking and important, something that has less to do with sexual assault and much to do with the talents of law students.

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Topics: Writing, Faculty

It's OK to Let Happy Accidents Guide Careers in Law

Posted by June Forrest on 4/3/17 9:45 AM

Ever heard of the concept of a “happy accident”? No? Because I like food so much, allow me to reduce it to the place I am most comfortable, the kitchen—where my best metaphors are concocted. Like Chocolate Chip cookies? Me, I love them. However, those delightful little mouthfuls of dough and chocolate were not the product of some great baker who painstakingly mixed dough with chocolate chips and baked them into a chewy, crunchy, brown-edged sweetness that melts in your mouth and which I, along with countless Americans cannot do without. You can take a lot away from me, but deprive me of my chocolate chip cookies and you will find one angry sweet-toothed Assistant Dean. But I digress.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Classes and Courses, Internships/Jobs

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

Seton Hall Law Goes Hollywood

Posted by Stephanie Beach on 3/23/17 8:31 AM

Ever since I could remember I have wanted to work in the entertainment industry. I have always been fascinated by the process that occurs behind the scenes in order to take a concept from an artistic idea in someone’s head to an actual product that people around the world can enjoy.

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Topics: Writing, Student Life

Find a Mentor. Be a Mentor.

Posted by Stacy Melton on 3/9/17 1:25 PM

As the oldest sibling from a home in which neither parent attended college, and neither was active in a workplace community, I was constantly searching for professional mentors. As an early undergraduate student, I remember hearing one of our college administrators speak at an on-campus workshop. This woman was well-spoken, confident, and knowledgeable in her field. I remember thinking to myself, “I want to be like her.” After the workshop concluded, I introduced myself and asked if I could set up a meeting with her. I wanted her help on drafting my resume, as well as practice my interviewing skills. She enthusiastically agreed.

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Topics: Student Life, Advice and Tips

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