OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

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

What You Need to Know Before the Journal Competition

Posted by Benjamin Heller on 3/31/16 8:30 AM



One of the most sought-after credentials for students currently in Law School, is Journal membership. How many Journals a particular Law School may host varies considerably, but Seton Hall Law School is home to only three: The Seton Hall Law Review, Seton Hall Circuit Review, and the Seton Hall Legislative Journal. All three Journals are tremendously prestigious, and the small number ensures that only truly worthy members will be invited to join.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Law Journals, Student Life, Writing

The Hardest Part About Law School isn't the Classes

Posted by Michelle C. Kuhns-Abrahim on 3/14/16 10:57 AM

Surviving law school while pregnant and raising three small children (two of them twins!) is by no means easy. How do I manage? How do I do it? Well, it’s truly a perfect storm, and it really comes down to a positive attitude, surrounding myself with those who love and believe in me, and wanting deep down inside, above all, to make a difference and a better world.

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Topics: Student Life

Will Non-Catholic Students Fit In at a Catholic Law School?

Posted by Father Nicholas Gengaro on 3/10/16 7:41 AM

Learning that Seton Hall University School of Law is a Catholic institution, prospective law students who are not Catholic may wonder what sort of welcome they might receive here. This may be particularly true for non-Christian students.

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Topics: Student Life

Moot Court Matters

Posted by Victor A. Afanador on 3/8/16 9:00 AM

I was a member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board while I was a student at Seton Hall Law, and I competed in three moot court competitions during that time. Moot Court enables students to compete against other schools to learn how to present issues and mock arguments before panels of practitioners and real judges. The students get scored on their performance. Through Moot Court, we learned the essential skill of presenting our case, speaking persuasively and clearly before an appellate panel. The process involves getting questions from professors and practitioners, who probe the issue that the students are to present before the mock appellate panel.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Student Life, Experiential Learning, Alumni

Working While in Law School is a Worthwhile Balancing Act

Posted by Jason Dominguez on 3/3/16 9:00 AM

Students walk out of law school, for the most part, in a similarly privileged position: with one of the most respected degrees and earning potential beyond what most of the country could dream. We do not all walk into law school so privileged. At Seton Hall, I know just as many students whose parents are attorneys as students whose parents never received a Bachelor’s degree (a group which I am included in). Accordingly, the journey through law school looks different for each student: some enjoy the ability to work non-paid internships, while others work weekends at coffee shops and restaurants.

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Topics: Internships/Jobs, Advice and Tips, Student Life

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

Benefits of The Part-Time Law School Program

Posted by Michael De Jianne on 1/20/16 8:00 AM

Attending law school is equally challenging and fulfilling. Speaking as a (very) recent alum of Seton Hall Law’s evening program I understand the pressures and uncertainty that every student feels, especially in today’s legal market.

There is always that nagging feeling you aren’t doing quite enough to ensure the journey ends with whatever success you hope to achieve. These challenges are daunting enough to a full-time student whose primary responsibility is to go to class and do the reading. Evening students, like myself, feel the same anxiety; we just happen to have career or family obligations on top of it.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions, Student Life

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

A Holiday Message From Father Nick

Posted by Father Nicholas Gengaro on 12/18/15 11:01 AM

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Topics: Student Life

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