LSAT prep materials available at Du Bois Library

Thanks to the generous donation from alum Josh Burday—a law student at the University of Chicago—the W.E.B. Du Bois library now has an extensive collection of LSAT prep materials available for review.  The collection includes various prep manuals, as well as over 60 full-length practice tests.  The materials are do not circulate (i.e., you cannot take them out of the library) so that they can be more readily available to all, and so that you will be trapped in the library and forced to really focus on your preparation.  All the materials can be found in the law collection of the 5th floor at call number KF 285 Z9.

Photocopy the scantron sheet at the back of any of the books and get to work!

Thanks to law librarian Barbara Morgan for expeditiously making the materials available.

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New reporting process for university discipline

As you probably already know, almost every law school requires applicants to disclose their histories of university discipline (if any).  A handful of schools also ask students to have their undergraduate institutions complete an independent report of their disciplinary record, known most often as a Dean’s Letter or Dean’s Certification.  Up until now, the request for a Dean’s Letter has gone through the Pre-Law Advising Office.  That is changing: Effective immediately, all requests will now go through the Dean of Students Office. There are also related changes in what the Dean of Students Office will and will not report from your disciplinary record (short version: they’ll report less, but you still should disclose everything). 

For more on the new process, with links to the Dean of Student’s forms, instructions and policies, read the updated Dean’s Certification page... read more »

How do I get started?

I recently received a worried email from an applicant and I know that she’s not the only facing this dilemma, so I thought I’d share my response with all of you.

Q: My main question is regarding the personal statement. I have no idea where to begin.

A: Personal statements are often the most difficult part of the application process, but they’re also one of the most important.  If you haven’t seen it already, I have a few pages on my website with general tips on personal statements and other essays/addenda you may need to draft. I urge you NOT to look at sample personal statements, because it is very difficult to get that other person’s voice and life story out of your head once they’re inside.  It’s critical that your statement be as genuine... read more »

What’s it worth to ya?

So there’s this raging debate in law world now about the value of a law degree.  Some law profs are arguing that it’s a million dollar degree.  Others are taking issue with that claim. Who’s right, who’s wrong, and what does it mean for you?

Here’s what you need to know: this is really a disagreement about the value of a legal education in the aggregate.  It’s not about the value of a JD to an individual law grad, it’s a dispute about whether law school as an institution is overvalued relative to what it provides aspiring lawyers as a group.

On the individual level, you’re still left with the question of what it’s worth to you.  The only way to get at the question is to understand your own values: which... read more »

Lawyer-alum profile: Massimo D’Angelo (Political Science ‘04, Thomas M. Cooley Law ‘07)

Massimo D’Angelo (Political Science ‘04, Thomas M. Cooley Law ‘07) Associate Attorney Adam Leitman Bailey, PC

What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am currently an associate at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. in Manhattan where my main area of practice is real estate litigation.

How did you get here – what led you to this field and practice setting? From when I was small, I always wanted to be a lawyer.  In fact, I distinctly recall a conversation that I had with my parents when I was about eight years old.  I was sitting in the backseat of my parents’ car and when my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I got older, I told them that I wanted to be lawyer.  At the time my parents thought that my answer was amusing, but growing up,... read more »

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