This week’s podcast helps answer the question “Is Law School Right For Me?”. We spoke to Jose Ivan Roman, Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston Law School; Kelly Shull Cannon, Partner at Houser, Newman, Besley Law Firm; and Kris Tina Carlston, Lawyer and Pre-Law Advisor at Brigham Young University. Our experts discussed the qualities and skill sets it takes to succeed in the law school classroom and the questions to ask yourself before entering into the financial and time commitments of law school. Though Jose Ivan Roman doesn’t believe a specific personality is made for law school, all three of our experts believe there are specific skill-sets needed to succeed. They mentioned drive and determination, along with analytical, writing, reading, and public speaking skills as being necessary for a successful law school student.
This week’s podcast discusses timing on the LSAT. Our guests discuss the “art and science” of LSAT pacing, the pitfalls of a timed standardized test, and advice on what students can do to improve their timing on the LSAT.
This week’s podcast discusses law students that fall under the category of the underrepresented minority, or URM. LSAC states that only 1 out of every 25 lawyers is African American, Latino, Asian American or Native American. LSAC also states, as per the statistics available on their site, that in the only 25% of law school students were recognized minorities.
This week’s podcast discusses the law school application cycle. Depending when you start the process, the task of applying to law school can take anywhere from six months to two years, and can involve everything from potential law school and legal profession research to the admissions decision waiting game.
This week’s program sheds light on the cost of applying to law school. While most students think only of LSAT and application fees when they consider the expenses involved with the law school application process, there are various other costs involved. In addition to LSAT and application fees, students will also incur Law School Credential Assembly (CAS) fees, the cost to travel and visit different law school programs, and the non-monetary (but still considerable) emotional cost of preparing for three years in a rigorous educational program.
This week’s podcast discusses law journals. All law schools have opportunities for students to work on and contribute to a number of student-edited publications. The one usually considered most “prestigious” is the law school’s Law Review (which typically has scholarly pieces discussing legal issues written by professors and legal experts), although there are also a variety of other journals students can join, dealing with specific areas of the law (i.e., sports law, business law, international law). No matter the type of journal you choose, though, taking part in one can definitely help you during and after law school.
The non-traditional law school student is the subject of this week’s podcast. Our guests will discuss what makes a student “non-traditional,” and will talk about what these students bring to the law school classroom.
Our topic this week is the law school admissions interview. Though most law schools don’t require or request a formal interview as part of the admissions process, the ability to engage in a successful law school interview is an important skill for all law school applicants to master. It is important to remember that any interaction, formal or informal, you have with a representative from a law school can affect your admissions chances. Therefore, even if you find yourself meeting a law school representative at a relaxed social event, understanding the best interview techniques and how to apply them effectively is important. Being a successful law school interviewee can also ultimately aid you when interviewing for legal jobs or summer internships.
This week’s program sheds light on the law school admission myth of taking the LSAT more than once. Many students believe that if they take the LSAT more than once, law schools will average their LSAT scores, potentially putting them at a numerical disadvantage with single-LSAT applicants. However, many students are not aware of a 2006 American Bar Association policy requiring schools to only report the highest LSAT score for their admitted students. This ABA policy drastically changed the way many schools handle multiple LSAT scores, and allowed students greater flexibility when taking the test.
This week’s podcast discusses the joint JD/MBA degree. On the program we have Patrick Chung, a Harvard JD/MBA graduate and current partner at NEA (a venture capital firm in California); Melanie Nutt, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Wake Forest University School of Law; and Richard Hermann, co-editor of the Directory of Law School Joint Degree Programs.
This week’s podcast explores the importance of being involved in student organizations while attending law school. Student life can be a valuable addition to your law school career when it is carefully interwoven with your academic obligations.
This week’s podcast features three current law school students. During the program you will hear about their experiences before and during law school.