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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

You Can Make The Decision to Be a Successful Law Student

Posted by Brian Murray on 10/2/18 7:55 AM

Law school is one of the most demanding academic challenges that a student can face. Reading dozens of pages to prepare for class, learning a new way of critically thinking and carefully writing, searching for valuable work experience, and establishing relationships with fellow students and professors require lots of time and attention. When thinking about my own law school experience, as well as my experiences with students to date, there are a few key themes that seem crucial to success:

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Classes and Courses, Student Life

Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Law School

Posted by John J. Zefutie, Jr. on 9/24/18 8:04 AM

I loved law school.  I had great teachers, I made great friends, I was challenged daily with the material we learned in class, and (most importantly) I met my wife.  It was a glorious time.  And to all of the 1Ls, you’re in for the time of your life. 

To help you through your journey over the next three or four years, I’d like to share some tips and words of wisdom that I wish I had when I was in your shoes.

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

How Joining the Student Bar Association Changed My Law School Experience

Posted by Darran St. Ange on 9/13/18 2:05 PM

Every great law school fosters an environment where students are allowed to pick a side and argue their position. However, one thing that remains constant in the minds of every law student is that the rigor of law school can be a lot to balance. Whether it be juggling class readings, moot court, work, family, or other commitments, the load can often times feel insurmountable. 

So why would I suggest adding the SBA to the mix? The answer is simple.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Student Life

Use Office Hours as a Bonus Learning Opportunity

Posted by Amy Newcombe on 8/31/18 11:15 AM

I encourage my law students to notice what successful law students do and to adopt these behaviors. Savvy learners realize that professors want you to succeed. Professors use a class syllabus and class policies to guide you toward success. Early on in each course, note the professor’s office hours and best contact method. Why? The professor is inviting you to engage with the material outside of class time—take advantage of this invitation.  

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Faculty, Classes and Courses, Student Life

A Professor's Guide to Law School Class Preparation and Participation

Posted by Solangel Maldonado on 8/18/18 7:30 AM

Imagine this scenario.  You read all of the assigned cases for Contracts, highlighted the parts that seem important in different colors, and even skimmed the notes and questions following the cases.  That means you are prepared to effectively participate in class, right?  Not quite. 

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Classes and Courses, Student Life

Cover Letters - Why You Need Them and What They Should Do For You

Posted by Kara Mongiardo on 2/5/18 12:15 PM

It is one of the most confounding issues facing many first-year law students.  No, it is not the parol evidence rule or the rule against perpetuities.  (Two bar admissions later, I still haven’t mastered that one.)  It is the first draft of a legal cover letter.  Many students have had very limited experience in composing cover letters prior to law school.  Add to that the fact that the legal cover letter, much like a legal resume, can vary greatly from that of different professions and industries. 

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Internships/Jobs

Tips for Successfully Navigating a Difficult conversation

Posted by Deborah Edwards on 1/24/18 8:30 AM

Celebrating diversity in the legal profession and in our lives in general is something we should all strive to do. As a result of this endeavor, we will eventually find ourselves in a discussion about a sensitive subject that we may find uncomfortable. When that happens, try not to let the uncomfortableness sideline the discussion! Below are some strategies you can use to make a conversation about an important or difficult topic a little bit easier.

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Student Life

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

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