Law School Scholarships

This week’s podcast covers law school scholarships and discusses some ways to help pay for your law school education. Brandon Hamilton, Assistant Dean for Admissions at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, discusses the process Louisville Law applicants go through to be considered for scholarships. He says that students have the ability to receive scholarships not only for academic achievement, but also for leadership qualities and diversity of background. Hamilton points out that scholarships at his school and many others don't require the applicant to file an additional application. At the Louisville Law, applicants are automatically considered for scholarships through the content of their admissions application. Hamilton also encourages students who have received a more substantial package at one law school than at others to call the admissions offices at the other schools and engage in “scholarship negotiating.”

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Should I take the LSAT more than once?

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.

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JD/MBA Joint Degree

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.

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LSAT Self Study

This week’s podcast goes over self-study options for the LSAT. We hear from the Director of Pre Law Programs for Kaplan, Jeff Thomas, the Chief Executive Officer for PowerScore, Dave Killoran, and Laura Alliman, a first year law student at the University of Tennessee and an LSAT “self-studier.”

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Law School Rankings

This week’s podcast discusses law school rankings. The most well-known rankings system, that published by U.S. News & World Report, provides numerical rankings for those schools it ranks as the top 100 law schools in the nation, and then lists the rest of the ABA-accredited programs by “tier.” In this program, our guests discuss how U.S. News develops its rankings, explain how to understand the rankings, and present opinions on what can be done to make the rankings more effective.

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Hollywood Misconceptions

This week’s podcast looks into Hollywood’s misconceptions of lawyers. We spoke with Michelle King, Creator and Executive Producer of “The Good Wife” on CBS; Elie Mystal, Editor of abovethelaw.com; and Michael Asimow, Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA and author of Lawyers in your Living Room and Reel Justice.

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Getting to Know the LSAT

This week’s podcast covers the basics of the LSAT. We spoke with Linda Ashar, author of 101 Ways to Score Higher on Your LSAT; Jon Denning, Development Director for PowerScore; and Andrew Brody, Princeton Review’s National Content Director for LSAT Programs. In the program we take a look at some particulars of the test, including: when the exam is offered; the section break-down and timing of each section; and the content of the six sections (analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, reading comprehensive and an experimental section).

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Paying for Law School

This week’s podcast gives information and advice on how to pay for law school. We hear from Kim Clark (lead education writer for the US News and World Report), Joe Russo (Director of Student Financial Strategies for Notre Dame), and Roberta Frick (Director of Student Finance for the University of Connecticut Law School). Our experts comment on a variety of topics and ideas for students to consider when figuring out how to pay for law school.

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