OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

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, Classes and Courses, Student Life, Faculty

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: Internships/Jobs, Advice and Tips

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 a law school application, 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: Advice and Tips, Admissions

How Do You Find The Best Law School For You? 

Posted by Isabel DiSciullo on 1/10/18 10:19 AM

(Updated October 2, 2019) 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

Resolutions for a New Year and a New Semester

Posted by Paula Franzese on 12/31/17 1:09 PM

The start of a new year and a new semester gives you a do-over – the opportunity for a fresh start. Here are five resolutions to consider for the year ahead:

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Student Life

Keeping Law School Exams and Grades in Perspective

Posted by Paula Franzese on 12/1/17 10:36 AM

Law school exams present a unique set of stressors, inducing fear even in the most confident people. When the parade of horribles comes marching in - "I can't do this," "I'll never get all this done," "Everyone is so much more prepared than me," "I don't understand any of this" - stop that procession in its tracks and declare out loud: FEELINGS ARE NOT FACTS. 

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Classes and Courses

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: Advice and Tips, Admissions

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