OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

Going Back to Law School to Change Careers

Posted by Lili M. Young on 10/16/18 8:03 AM

AN INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR THOMAS HEALY

Many students know from the first day of college they want to attend law school as soon as they graduate. But for others, the decision comes later. They might not decide on law school until they’ve tried another career. They might want to save money and gain work experience before returning to school. Or they might simply need a break from the rigors of studying. Whatever the case, older students often have a different perspective on going to law school and a different experience once they arrive. In this Q&A, Seton Hall Professor Thomas Healy talks about his own unconventional path to law school and the pros and cons of being an older student.

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Topics: Faculty, 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 to Handle Being on a Law School Waitlist

Posted by Katya Valasek on 1/16/18 10:00 AM

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

After all the hard work that goes into completing and submitting an application for law school, 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: Admissions, Advice and Tips

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

Veterans Education Benefits for Law School

Posted by Karen Sokol on 12/7/17 4:28 PM

If you are a veteran who is thinking of applying to law school, you may be eligible to use your veterans education benefits to help pay for your tuition and other qualified expenses.  In some cases, veteran’s benefits will cover the entire amount of tuition and fees.  Below, I address the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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Topics: Financial Aid, 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

Highlighting Professional Experience on Your Law School Application

Posted by Peter Eraca on 10/26/17 8:01 AM



Students of all ages and experience levels often wonder how to appropriately express their professional credentials on their law school application. Whether you have college jobs, an internship, or twenty years of professional experience under your belt, there are a few overall guidelines you can follow to get the biggest application bang from your experience buck.

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Topics: Admissions, Advice and Tips, Graduate Programs, Writing

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

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

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

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