UTA pre-law alumni (l-r) Tajh Walker, Keith Cottrell, and Andy Sommerman shared their perspectives on law practice with an enthusiastic group of UTA students in November 2012. In collaboration with the late Dr. Charles Knerr, Sommerman founded UTA's Moot Court team as well as the American Collegiate Moot Court Association.
Dr. Oliver Lee Bateman (left) and Moot Court member Andre Raymond discuss the 2013-2014 case problem. Dr. Bateman also serves as the advisor of the Pre-Law Society social fraternity and works with many students who are interested in attending law school.
There are a number of informative web resources for people who are considering law school and careers related to law.
• The Law School Admission Council centralizes the process of reporting LSAT scores and sending recommendations and applications to law schools: www.lsac.org
• The Council on Legal Education Opportunity aims to diversify the legal profession. Their summer and weekend institutes — some held in Texas — help students prepare for law school. www.cleoscholars.org
• The American Bar Association provides information for students considering law school. See the “pre law” tab on the left side of their home page. www.americanbar.org
• The Texas Board of law Examiners’ website lists rules about who can become a lawyer. A short bit of advice: avoid felonies, and ideally, swear off any other forms of crime. But, in addition, NEVER lie about any misadventures you may have had in the legal system, when you are applying to law schools or the bar.
• The AdmissionsDean website has a helpful section on calculating the cost of law school. Students can select a particular law school and calculate based on whether they will live at home versus using other housing, attend part time or full time, and other factors. The site also explains loan forgiveness programs, lists law school scholarships based on several criteria, discusses federal and private loans, explains various LSAT preparatory programs, and suggests strategies for selecting and applying to law schools. Their "paying for law school" section is especially useful: http://www.admissionsdean.com/paying_for_law_school
• Legal Aid of Northwest Texas offers free and low cost legal advice. They have an established volunteer program at a variety of legal clinics in the Metroplex. www.lanwt.org It is a myth that you must have paid experience in working at a law firm, in order to get into law school! Law schools admissions committees, however, do smile upon applicants who have performed what lawyers call “due diligence” — sampling the legal system, for example by volunteering with organizations such as Legal Aid, or working in a political campaign on issues related to the law.
• US News & World Report offers useful tips on paying for law school: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/paying
• Why be a lawyer now? Jamison Koehler writes about the true value of a law degree: http://koehlerlaw.net/2011/01/on-the-true-value-of-a-law-degree/
Students who would like to assess their readiness for the LSAT may wish to access the testing database TERC via the UTA Library's website. The TERC does require registration, but that registration and 2 full-length, timed LSAT practice tests (with detailed answer explanations) are free. Visit the site here: http://libguides.uta.edu/content.php?pid=57511&sid=3191678.
LSAT Prep Course Scholarship--NEW!
In conjuction with Kaplan, the UT-Arlington Pre-Law Center is offering two full scholarships per year (one for each testing cycle) to help currently-enrolled UT-Arlington students prepare for the the June and October LSAT. This scholarship funds a Kaplan Advantage LSAT prep course. Preference will be given to seniors with excellent gpas who intend to apply to law school for admission in spring 2014 or fall 2014, and who have taken at least one LSAT practice test. Financial need will be considered; a faculty and pre-law staff committee will decide on the awardee. To obtain the application form and a full list of requirements, please email Dr. Cawthon: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for the scholarship to prepare for the June, 2013 LSAT are due on Monday, March 4 at noon!
Local offerings of the Law School Admissions Test preparatory courses.
Upcoming LSAT Courses near UTA for the June LSAT:
A variety of course formats, including private tutors. Current UTA students are entitled to a discount of $150 on the Princeton Review courses if they enter a code; the code is available from Dr. Cawthon. The current Princeton review courses are:
Descriptions and registration information for both courses can be found at http://www.princetonreview.com/law/lsat-courses.aspx.
Other companies offer fee-based LSAT prep services that include online resources and provide selections of books and test prep materials for you to order. For example, Cambridge LSAT provides Official LSAT PrepTests for instant pdf download; the site also has explanation sets, full-length prep books, and a number of other free resources, such as test tracking spreadsheets.
LSAC DiscoverLaw.org PLUS
The program is geared toward
University of Iowa Hubbard Law School Preparation Program
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
This is a great summer program for students who are 0-L --that is, people who are already admitted to law school but not yet attending. It is nationally competitive and requires letters of recommendation.
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