OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

Law Schools Invested in the Community Foster Close Connections after Graduation

Posted by David Opderbeck on 12/1/16 2:00 PM

A few years ago I had the opportunity to lecture at a law school in Jérémie, Haiti. Seton Hall Law has a special partnership with this school in Haiti. One of Haiti’s ongoing problems is that its legal system, particularly at the local level, often functions poorly because of lack of resources and corruption. As the law school in Jérémie began to produce graduates who attained positions as judges and local political leaders, the situation in that city, though still very difficult, began to improve. Good lawyers, trained to live out core values of justice and respect for the rule of law, support good communities.

I share this story because it shows the unique value of a law school invested in giving back to its community.

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Topics: Admissions, Student Life, Faculty

How Should Working Professionals Prepare Before Going to Law School?

Posted by Jon Romberg on 11/7/16 11:15 AM

While the majority of law students come to law school directly from college, there are a significant number who come from the workplace. If you are someone who started working after graduating from college and are now considering going to law school, you may be nervous about whether it’s a problem that you don’t really remember everything you learned in college. And you may be wondering what you can or should do to prepare for law school.

The answer is—pretty much nothing. Your college experience, whatever it was and whenever it took place, will not hold you back. And your work experience is an asset, not a liability.

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Topics: Admissions, Faculty

How to Prepare for Law School While You Are Still in College

Posted by Claudette St. Romain on 9/27/16 7:49 AM

College students considering law school often ask which major will prepare them for success in law school. The answer is simple: choose a major that challenges you, requires you to think deeply, broadens your horizons, and sparks your passion. 

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Classes and Courses, Admissions

6 Ways to Compare Law Schools

Posted by Katya Valasek on 4/28/16 11:00 AM


Students planning to attend law school have a variety of success indicators they should consider when choosing where to apply, and many resources with which to consult. Most of these are based on raw data: location, numbers, scholarship retention, rankings, and employment rates. But one is not. It’s a factor that no internet source, brochure, or twitter feed can give you information about, and may, in many cases, be the most important factor. Let’s get to the data first:

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

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

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

Obtain an Outstanding Law School Letter of Recommendation

Posted by Isabel DiSciullo on 11/25/15 8:30 AM

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(Post updated September 26, 2019)

Now that you have written a superb personal statement, I want to focus on another aspect of your law school application – Letters of Recommendation (LOR) are another way that an otherwise average application may rise above the pack.

Although you do not have control over what your letter writer(s) may write, you certainly have control over the process. This includes ensuring that you select the individual(s) with the most relevant and positive things to say and that you provide them with the necessary information needed so that they can speak thoughtfully to your strengths and, if necessary, address any weaknesses your application may reveal.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions

How to Write a Personal Statement for Law School

Posted by Isabel DiSciullo on 11/5/15 10:00 AM

(Post updated September 26, 2019)

There is no doubt that there's just a little bit of pressure on you to write the best personal statement you can. After all, there's no other component of the law school application that you can control as much as this one. And...a well written personal statement can really help to set you apart from all the other applicants since this is essentially your interview on paper. So, how do you write a personal statement for law school? I'm hoping that I can offer some thoughts to prevent you from dreading the personal statement and instead embrace it as an amazing tool to share your story!

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Admissions, Writing

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