The Law School Application Cycle

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.

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The Cost of Applying to Law School

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.

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Student Law Journals

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). No matter the type of journal you choose, though, taking part in one can definitely help you during and after law school.

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The Successful Law School Interview

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.

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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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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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What can I do with a JD?

In this week’s podcast we look into the question, “What to do with a Law Degree?” We speak with Robert Boland, sports agent, attorney, and professor at NYU; Caroline Dowd Higgins, Director of the Career and Professional Development Office at Indiana School of Law; and Robert Nelson, Director of the American Bar Foundation.

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