OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

Student Goal: a Career in Public Service After Earning a Law Degree

Posted by Dan Roman on 1/27/17 2:15 PM

My last semester of college I was fortunate enough to be able to Intern in the White House under President Obama. I worked for the Office of Presidential Personnel, which researched and selected the nearly 4,000 presidentially appointed positions. Unsurprisingly, this was a life changing experience for me. I worked with some of the most hardworking, intelligent people I have ever met. Additionally, Interns were given the opportunity to meet and hear from Senior White House officials including First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

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

In Defense of Hope: Resolutions for Lawyers and Law Students in the New Year

Posted by Paula Franzese on 12/27/16 8:55 AM

These are uncertain times for the promise of equal access to justice for all. Particularly now, it is important that we the lawyers show up to do what we can do: wield our unique expertise to be instigators, catalysts and defenders of the rule of law, the power of reason and the promise of mercy.

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Topics: Faculty, Student Life, Advice and Tips

State Court Judicial Clerkships - The Next Step for You?

Posted by Denis McLaughlin on 12/22/16 11:19 AM

Although everyone is aware of the benefits of clerking for a federal judge, too many students overlook the tremendous opportunity of being a clerk in the New Jersey state courts. First, the opportunities for a judicial clerkship are plentiful, with over 400 trial and appellate Superior Court judges in New Jersey compared to just 35 federal district court and magistrate judges in New Jersey.

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

Guidance For Current Students Looking For Outside Scholarships

Posted by Capri Reid on 12/8/16 4:26 PM

Finding outside scholarships was much easier than I expected. I was surprised to learn how much funding is available for current students. Each scholarship has a different criterion. Sometimes scholarships are geared towards students pursuing an area of law, such as health law, criminal law or public interest. Sometimes scholarships are geared towards a category of students such as women, first generation law students, or New Jersey residents.

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Topics: Financial Aid, Advice and Tips

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: Admissions, Advice and Tips, Classes and Courses

Turn Your Judicial Clerkship Interview Into a Job Offer

Posted by Gregory L. Acquaviva on 7/13/16 11:00 AM

Congratulations! You have a judicial clerkship interview. You studied hard, earned good grades, wrote a stellar judicial clerkship cover letter, and submitted an application that rose to the top of a very large pile. Now what? How do you land that coveted clerkship? These tips will help you stand out for all the right reasons:

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Topics: Advice and Tips, Internships/Jobs

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

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

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

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