$5 LSAT Test Prep Opportunity in NYC!!

Planning on being in the New York City area over break?  You should consider signing up for the New York City Bar’s Annual LSAT/Law School Prep Series, set for January 7, 8 and 10.  If you sign up by January 1, the cost is $5! (It only increases to $10 after January 1).  The program  was created to provide prospective law students with information on everything from preparing for the LSAT through being successful in the first year of law school. The program includes LSAT Preview Classes by several well-regarded test prep companies – as well as panels with admissions representatives and law students from regional law schools and a Networking Fair with free classes and material giveaways.  It will be held at the NYC Bar Association Office, 42 West 44th Street.  For more information and to register, go here: http://www.nycbar.org/index.php/diversity/student-pipeline-program/programs/187-lsatlaw-school-prep-series.

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Law School Admissions Online Chat

The Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions and the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors have partnered to bring pre-law students an opportunity to ask admissions questions to representatives from a variety of midwestern law schools. Students are invited to participate in this free Admissions Online Chat on Wednesday, November 7 from 6-7 pm (Central).

Admissions representatives from the following law schools will be online to answer your questions:
Capital University
Indiana University
University of Kansas
Loyola University Chicago
Michigan State University
University of Missouri–Kansas City
Valparaiso University
Washburn University

Pre-law advisors will also be there to offer advice. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about the application process generally, or to inquire about how/when the schools go about awarding financial aid, or to ask the representatives any questions you have about their schools specifically. You can chat for a few minutes or stay for the whole hour.

Register at http://www.law.msu.edu/admissions/midwest-alliance.php


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Law Fair Is Tomorrow — You Don’t Want to Miss It!!

Our biggest Law Fair ever is tomorrow! Over 120 law schools will be here for the Law Fair on Tuesday, October 23 from 11am-3pm at the ARC. Click on our LawSchoolFairNewsletter2012to access our special edition Newsletter for the list of attendees, as well as tips and suggestions for getting the most out of this great opportunity!  This newsletter contains information on what to wear, what questions to ask (page 2), and which schools are coming (pages 5 and 6).  And to help you focus your approach, check out pages 3 and 4 for some possible “target” schools lists.  This newsletter has ALL the details on the fair. 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the ARC, 11am-3pm!

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Law Fair — Special Edition!

Our biggest Law Fair ever is almost here! Over 120 (125 and counting!) law schools will be here for the Law Fair on Tuesday, October 23 from 11-3 at the ARC. Click on our LawSchoolFairNewsletter2012 to access our special edition Newsletter for the list of attendees, as well as tips and suggestions for getting the most out of this great opportunity! This newsletter contains information on what to wear, how to target specific schools, what to ask, and which schools are coming! Check it out for ALL the details on the fair.

Why should you attend the fair? Good question; read on.

If you are not yet applying to law school, you may be wondering how it will benefit you to attend. It’s a great opportunity to practice your networking skills. It’s also a good idea to begin building professional contacts of deans and directors who can provide helpful advice about their school’s application process and ultimately accept you into their schools. You can also find out helpful information now, while you are still in a position to build your resume or GPA, rather than finding out the day before you want to apply that they really would have preferred some work experience.

If you ARE currently applying to law school, why should you attend? It’s a great opportunity to meet the deans and directors who will be reading your applications. (I am consistently impressed with their ability to remember prospective students, right down to specific details about what they wore or what their personal statement was about.) It never hurts to make a great impression. You can also find out more about what specific schools are looking for, and even discover a school that you may not have considered but is actually a great fit for you. Finally, this is a great chance to collect some application fee waivers. It is definitely worth your time to attend, even for an hour or two.

Do you have to stay the entire time? No. Even an hour is enough time to target 4-5 of your top choice schools. Think about the schools you want to speak to, and make the most of however long you can attend. Check out the newsletter for lists of specific schools you may want to target based on geography, cost, specific program offerings, etc.

What should I say? We have specific examples of questions for the reps in the newsletter too. Good questions are ones that go beyond the basic “What are your medians?” question. How about asking what their favorite thing is about their school? Or asking the reps to name one thing about their school that can’t be found on their website or viewbook? If you know what area of law you want to specialize in, ask about that. Example: “I”m interested in environmental law and I see you have a clinic about that–can you tell me more about how students are selected for the clinic, and what types of cases they work on?”

Check out our LawSchoolFairNewsletter2012 for much more about the fair, and how you can get the most out of the experience. We’ve also included a list of attending schools and other details on our website here. See you at the fair!

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Law School Lunch Lectures – Get a feeling for law school!

Professor Henderson Lecture at Illinois College of Law- 9/19/12

I hope that any pre-law students who came to this lecture had a great time (and enjoyed the free lunch afterwards with so many of the U of I’s best professors, deans, and students!)  Attending these lectures is a great way to get a feeling for what law school is like, and to ponder legal questions that are presented.  I strongly encourage you not only to find a day that you can make it here on our campus – but to attend a lunch lecture at every one of your campus visits.  Most attendees don’t take notes, but I decided to type up lecture notes so that you could see what one type of lecture notes look like after being heavily influenced by law school note-taking.  I hope they are clear enough to make sense of the topic, and maybe even elicit thought or comment from you!  I’ll be sure to post future lunch lectures and encourage pre-law students to attend the ones that sound especially interesting and relevant.  Jamie and I will be at the Helen Gunnarsson Seminar tomorrow at the law school at 12:00 if you are interested in attending.  Hope to see you there!


 Human Capital Accounting for Lawyers

The issue addressed by Professor Henderson’s lecture is that the economic rules of law practice and legal education are now different due to globalization.  He broadly summarized this with the phrase “Asia, Automation, and Abundance.”  Before diving into any specifics in legal education or the flaws that are a part of the system that was established pre-globalization, he took the time to lay out the basis for his theories and the terminologies and influences that guided this development.

Human Capital Accounting (HCA) is a systematic gathering of facts, assigning significance to those facts, and then using the results to make better decisions.  There is a constant assessment of whether the added value of “better decisions” exceeds the cost of the decision-making process.  Professor Henderson cites C.F. Braun’s insights from earlier in the 20th century, his belief in sharing the “why” or the decision-making process with the people implementing those decisions, and the necessary “tooling” or “white collar tools” that were developed to create a successful field.  All this to say that the same successes can be found if we “retool” and modernize the profession in practice and in the legal preparation law schools provide.

Professor Henderson had a simple framework for the rest of his lecture:

1)       Articulate Goals (modernize legal education / practice)

2)      Present estimated costs and estimation of benefits that move toward that goal.

3)      Compare costs and benefits and make decisions.


To modernize the education and practice, law schools need to move away from a model that is built on creating lawyers for artisan trades and private practices that was established post WWII.  With increased access to legal information, what clients now have are sophisticated legal needs that require non-traditional legal services.  So there is not a clear economic rationale to train lawyers.  The needed human capital (HC) is an ability to collaborate over a complex domain of knowledge including: information technology, systems engineering, fianance, marketing, project management, and law.  The focus in law school should be communication and feedback around this diverse set of elements.  Here Prof. Henderson provided anecdotal evidence from the legal classes he is teaching and the peculiar class design that allowed him to see that predictors of good and successful group work was predicated on communication – useful feedback and an opportunity to understand and listen.

In assessing the costs of this type of system, it became clear that the hidden costs are the emotional costs in shifting to such a communication based model of legal education.  No specific numbers were given to analyze the costs of implementing what he coined as a “competency based curriculm with intensive feedback.”  He did however point to the fact that some states, like Michigan, have integrated competency models into their government programming.  Anyone can get an idea of what a competency model looks like by viewing this model at:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/AG_BARS_14717_7.pdf

In making the decision to leap forward in legal education to using competency models focused on the domain of knowledge and skills in a modern world, Professor Henderson challenged law schools to step outside the prescribed curriculum and meet these modern needs.  Responding to questions about ABA standards and the “slowness” of change, he left with an explicit call to universities to be bold and willing to make these changes – to which Dean Smith jokingly responded with respect for the advice and a disclaimer that Professor Henderson does not represent legal counsel for the law school 😉

In all, I had mixed feelings about the lecture.  On one hand, I enjoyed hearing how successful legal minds contemplate the need for legal education reform – and on the other hand I listen as an educator (I taught for four years) who finds so much of what is said as glaringly obvious and inadequate in terms of actually leading to actual change.  What will lead to change I then ask?  I suppose a continued effort by scholars and practitioners like Henderson to spread this philosophy will contribute to that change.  Will a free market speak to it?  Can the US continue to be the leading authority?  These are huge questions and are always debatable – and if you have a thought please comment or stop in to chat!

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Inside Admissions deans revealed

Anyone applying to law school will at some point wonder what admission deans are REALLY looking for in applicants. Students tell us frequently that this event, Inside Law School Admissions, is one of the most helpful for understanding the law school admissions process from the perspective of the law schools themselves.

This year Inside Law School Admissions will be held on Monday, October 22 in Lincoln Hall 1027. It is co-sponsored by Pre-Law Advising Services and the Pre-Law Honors Society. Come and join us for a frank discussion with these deans and directors of admission:

Amanda Goldsmith, Assistant Director of Admission at Saint Louis University School of Law
Sir Williams, Director of Admission, University of Wisconsin Law School, and
Michael Burns, Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Director of Law Admission, DePaul University College of Law

This is a great opportunity to hear straight from the dean and directors. What errors drive them crazy in applications? What personal statement topics do they love or hate? How much impact do letters of recommendation really make? How do character and fitness disclosures affect their decisions?

This is a must-see event for any pre-law student. No registration is necessary.  Bring your questions for the dean and directors. See you there!

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Georgetown Law Interviews–Another session added tomorrow

We have just been informed that Georgetown Law has added another interview session to its group interviews tomorrow. In addition to the session at 3:00 which we previously advertised, they are adding another session from 5:00-6:00 tomorrow in downtown Chicago and some seats are still available.

These group interviews are for people applying to Georgetown this application cycle, and it’s a great opportunity to meet their Admissions Dean, Andy Cornblatt. Students interested in Georgetown are encouraged to attend.Participants will receive information about the exact location when they register.

Registration is required. Please visit Georgetown’s link to register: https://lawgeorgetown.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_86rp5vQydfFVBlP

Questions can be directed to 202-662-9015 or interview@law.georgetown.edu. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

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More Law School Open Houses

Following up on last week’s posting about visiting opportunities at Illinois law schools, here is some information on law school tours, open houses and information sessions for several midwest law schools outside of Illinois.  Again — we encourage you to check out the websites of the schools on your list for more information about visiting the various campuses.

Drake University Law School: Explore the opportunities available at Drake Law School by arranging a campus visit tailored to your interests. Your visit may include sitting in on a class, meeting with an admission and financial aid counselor, visiting with a professor in your area of interest, and/or touring the Law School and Legal Clinic with a current student. 

  • To schedule your visit, call 1-800-44-DRAKE, x2782 one week in advance. The Law School Office of Admission is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Indiana University Mauer School of Law — Bloomington: Call or e-mail the Admissions Office if you’d like to attend a 1L (first-year) class and/or tour the building with a current student. Phone: (812) 855-4765
E-mail: lawadmis@indiana.edu

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law — Indianapolis: Contact the admissions office by e-mail at lawadmit@iupui.edu, or by phone at 317-274-2459.

 University of Iowa College of Law: Fall 2012 tours will be given between September 5 – November 21 at the following times:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: Class visit at 11:30 a.m. to Criminal Procedure: Investigation with Professor James Tomkovicz and tour at 12:35 p.m.
  • To schedule a visit during the above listed times or to request a different time, contact the Admissions.  The Admissions Office is open from 8 am to 12 pm and 1 to 4:30 pm (CST) Monday through Friday, and is closed on weekends and University holidays. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your visit by email, law-admissions@uiowa.edu, or by phone 319-335-9095.

Marquette University Law School:  Information sessions are set for 11:45am-1:30pm on the following Fridays: September 28; October 5; October 19; November 16; November 30; and December 17.  For more information about these sessions or other visiting opportunities and to register, go to: http://law.marquette.edu/prospective-students/prospective-students-visit.  To contact the Office of Admissions about visiting the campus, you may use the online form available via the link above, or by calling (414) 288-6767.

University of Michigan Law School: For general information about visiting the law school, go here: http://www.law.umich.edu/aboutus/Pages/visiting.aspx.  Prospecitve students interested in visiting the Ann Arbor campus and taking a tour, visiting a class or meeting with an admissions counselor should schedule their visit by using the online registration system

During the term, the law school offers at least two student-led tours each weekday. Between terms and during the first three or four weeks of each term, the law school has tours led by an admissions staff member on a slightly more limited schedule. Fall term ends December 7. There are no classes October 15-17 or November 22‑23.

Michigan State University: The Office of Admissions welcomes prospective students and their guests to visit the Michigan State University College of Law. Visits to the College typically are 60-75-minutes in duration, include a 30-minute appointment with a member of the Admissions staff, and a 30-minute student-led tour of the College. To arrange a visit, you must complete the online form at least one week prior to the preferred visit date. Go here to register online: http://www.law.msu.edu/visit/index.php.

University of Minnesota: If you are an admitted student for Fall 2013, please contact the Office of Admissions directly at jdadmissions@umn.edu to schedule a visit. If you are a prospective student who has not yet gone through the application process, Minnesota will host weekly information sessions this fall. During a typical visit, prospective students have the opportunity to attend a small-group information session, tour Mondale Hall, and observe a first-year class (optional). All visits will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Office of Admissions, located at 229 19th Avenue South in Room 290. Visits will conclude at approximately 11:30 am. If you do not wish to attend class, please arrive at 9:45 a.m. The law school suggests scheduling visits 1-2 weeks in advance to ensure availability. Go here to register: http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/visit.html.

Notre Dame Law School:  Admissions offers three types of visits, Weekday Visit Programs (Class Visit, Information Session, and Tour); Class Visits (Class Visit and Tour only); and an Open House (day-long informational program). You must register online. Details about each event and registration information can be found here: http://law.nd.edu/admissions/visit-nd-law/. Space is limited, so please register early.

St. Louis University School of Law: If you would like to set up a visit, contact the Admissions Office at (314) 977-2800 or admissions@law.slu.edu.

Valparaiso University: The admissions office has set the following visitor days: September:  17, 21, 28; October:  1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26; November:  2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19

To Schedule Your Visit contact the Admissions office by phone or email at:
P:  219.465.7821
E:  law.admissions@valpo.edu

Washington University School of Law-St. Louis: The School of Law Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday throughout the academic year and the summer.  The University is closed for various holidays and events.  Please contact the Admissions Office for more information. To schedule a tour, please make an appointment through the Admissions Office at 314-935-4525.  During your visit you are welcome to meet with an Admissions Counselor to talk about your application and the admissions process.

University of Wisconsin Law School: The Fall Open House will be held on Monday, October 22nd. The event includes a continental breakfast followed by building tours and class visits throughout the afternoon. Special presentations by Rebecca Scheller, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, administrators, faculty members, and current students are also on the agenda. All attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. To register, please email admissions@law.wisc.edu, or call the Law School Admissions & Financial Aid Office at (608) 262-5914.

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Very helpful webinars hosted by MSU

Michigan State University College of Law is hosting a series of FREE and very interesting, helpful webinars on a variety of topics. Their next webinar is called Cracking the LSAT and will take place on September 27 at 6:30 Central time. They are also hosting upcoming webinars about personal statements and about MSU law specifically.

Two MSU webinars that we highly recommend are the upcoming Career Options and Market Outlook for Attorneys on November 7 at 6:30 Central time and the archived webinar on Patent Law Careers (which already took place and is hosted on their website). You can find registration information, more details about each webinar, and a full  event calendar at http://www.law.msu.edu/admissions/events.html

Take advantage of these great, free resources!

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Legal Internship at University Counsel’s Office

We are pleased to announce this excellent opportunity for pre-law students–a new legal internship on campus!

The Office of University Counsel at the University of Illinois seeks an undergraduate intern to work in its Urbana office approximately 10-20 hours per week during the academic year.  The University of Illinois serves the people of Illinois and the world through missions of excellence in teaching, research, public service and economic development. The Office of University Counsel provides a broad range of legal advice and representation to the Board of Trustees, the University President, the Chancellors at each campus and other University and campus administrators.

This paid position presents an excellent opportunity for a student to be exposed to the everyday workings of a dynamic in-house legal office and develop a greater understanding of the practice of law.  Responsibilities may include: (1) document organization (e.g. filing, scanning, copying) for a wide variety of transactional, litigation, corporate governance or other matters; (2) supporting attorneys and administrative staff in comprehensive filing reorganization project (paper and electronic); (3) occasional information gathering and general research tasks; (4) delivering materials/documents to clients, courts of law, law offices and other locations; (5) assisting with organization and management of substantial legal library and research resources; and (6) other general support of various office functions.

Preference will be given to applicants who maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, and who demonstrate strong communication and research skills. Interested applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter expressing interest and sharing relevant skills; (2) a current résumé ; and (3) a list of three references to Pre-Law Advising Services by Wednesday, September 26 at 12:00 noon at the address below.  Aplicants may drop off application materials to the receptionist anytime between 9:00 and 4:30. We cannot accept email submissions.

Pre-Law Advising Services
Re: University Counsel Internship
807 S. Wright Street, Floor 5
Champaign IL 61820

Questions only may be directed to ccaas-prelaw@illinois.edu with “University counsel internship” in the subject line.

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