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How to Ace a Networking Event and Build a Great Network

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Networking is a word that can strike fear in the hearts of many; others are energized by the thought of meeting new people.  At the end of the day, that’s all that networking is: building a network of new people.  The hope, of course, is that the individuals in your network will – at some point – be able to help you: with a job opportunity, by introducing you to another helpful connection, with a service they provide, or by hiring you to represent them.  As the old adage goes, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”  Why, then, are so many people intimidated by the idea of networking? 


Decisions, Decisions: How to Negotiate a Better Financial Aid Offer

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It’s that time of year again: the flowers and trees are budding, the birds are chirping …. well, not so much this year.  BUT, the law school acceptances are starting to roll in.  Congratulations to those of you who have received law school acceptances – your hard work in school, on the LSAT, and in crafting a perfect law school application has paid off!  For many of you, however, the most difficult part of the process is just beginning: decision-making...


The LSAT: Fiction, Facts, and Advice

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If you’re planning to apply to law school next year – or at any time in the future – one looming hurdle likely stands in between you and that all-star application: the LSAT.  The LSAT is one of the most important pieces of your law school application, if not THE most important piece.  Why is that, you might ask?  


I Want to Go to Law School: Which Major is Best?

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So, you think you want to go to law school.  If you don’t know which courses to take during your time at F&M, you are not alone.  Many pre-law students find themselves at a loss when they are trying to select courses or decide upon a major.  Because there is no required coursework for law school – like there is for medical school – pre-law students are often left without much (or any) guidance when selecting their undergraduate courses.  Rest assured, if you choose an area of study that interests and challenges you, you will put yourself in a good position for success in law school and beyond.  Below are some points to think about as you consider the right academic path for you.


Legal Internships: Fact, Fiction, and How to Find Them

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Summer is an ideal time for college students to garner some specialized experience that will help them to both identify fields of interest and stand out on their resume or graduate school application.  For students considering applying to law school, legal internships are an ideal way to learn about the legal field and determine if it is, in fact, a fit.  Before you decide to search for a legal internship, however, here are a few things to consider . . .


Privacy Rights in the Digital Age: Precursor to a Discussion with PA Superior Court Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan

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The United States Constitution guarantees many individual rights: the right to speak freely, the right to assemble, the right to freely exercise one’s religion, and the right to keep and bear arms, to name a few.  But does it guarantee individuals the right to privacy in their geographic movements?  According to recent Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Superior Court decisions, it does in certain circumstances . . .


My Law School Applications are In! Now, How do I Pay for School? The Nuts and Bolts of Financial Aid

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Before we talk about logistics of financial aid, let's consider some important statistics.  The average amount of debt carried by 2012 law school graduates was $84,600 for public school graduates, and a whopping $122,158 for private school graduates.  Not a big deal because you'll be rolling in the big lawyer money after graduation, right?  Not exactly.  The adjusted mean starting salary for 2012 law school graduates was $75,554, with 51% of graduates making between $40,00 and 65,000 annually and 16% making $160,000 (For more detailed information, click here).  If you are in the majority of graduates with a salary under $65,000, paying back that debt can be a hefty endeavor.


The Current State of the Legal Profession: Identifying Opportunity in a Time of Crisis

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“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters.  One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”  John F. Kennedy

“Crisis” is certainly an appropriate word to describe the current state of the legal profession.  Over the past ten years, the number of licensed lawyers in the United States has increased 20% and sixteen new law schools have opened their doors.  Legal employment, however, has not grown at the same rate.


Surprise! My GPA is What? Important Considerations for how Law Schools Evaluate GPA

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Why is your GPA so important to law school admissions officers?  There are two primary reasons:  1) a good GPA demonstrates both your intellectual ability and your willingness to work hard, and 2) studies have shown a positive correlation between strong undergraduate GPAs and law school performance.  What you might not know - but should - is how your GPA is presented to law school admissions officers.  


Preparing for the LSAT: 30 Years Later

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What exactly does the LSAT test, and is it a fair measure of someone's aptitude for the study of law or potential for success in the legal profession?  In order to answer these questions, I attended a two-day LSAT prep course as the guest of Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.   It's been over 30 years since I took the LSAT, and I honestly didn't spend enough time preparing for it.   Now that I advise F&M students who are considering law as a profession, I figured it was time to reacquaint myself with an exam that is the only common attribute for all law school applicants.