Category Archive: Interviews With Law School Administrators and Faculty

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Be A Good Consumer: My Talk With A Law School Dean (Part Two)

Last week, in Part One of our interview, I spoke with Southwestern Law School Vice Dean Catherine Carpenter about law school curriculum – both its importance and its evolution. Today we move on to how curriculum can (or should) influence your choice of law school.

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Most Strongly Supported: We’ve seen a lot of evolution in legal education and the job market recently. But we just did a survey of our summer students, and for most of them, prestige is still the thing that matters most when choosing a law school, often to their detriment. What do you say to students who value a school’s ranking above all else?

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Curriculum Matters: My Talk With A Law School Dean

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Catherine Carpenter, Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. One of the foremost authorities in the country on law school curricula and accreditation, she has served in several leadership posts within the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA), including her current seat on the Standards Review Committee. Her service in legal education leadership earned her recognition in 2013 and 2014 from National Jurist as among the “The Top 25 Influential People in Legal Education.” A graduate of UCLA (B.A., cum laude, English) and Southwestern (J.D., cum laude), she joined the Southwestern faculty in 1980 and teaches courses in criminal law.

Our wide-ranging conversation at her cozy office in the beautiful, Art Deco Bullocks Wilshire Building touched on everything from the shifting legal landscape to how to choose a law school. Today, in Part One of our interview, she talks about the importance of law school curriculum.

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Not-So-Obvious Advice From Law School Admissions Deans

Last week, Hank attended a handful of events at the 2014 Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (PCAPLA) Conference and blogged about them. This is part 3 of 3.

A question and answer session with a panel of law school admissions deans was the last, but certainly not least, event at the 2014 PCAPLA Conference Friday evening on the UCLA campus.

The panel — which consisted of Southwestern University Law School Assistant Dean of Admissions Lisa Gear, Pepperdine University School of Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Shannon Phillips, USC Gould School of Law Dean of Admissions Chloe Reid, Loyola Law School Assistant Dean of Admissions Jannell Lundy, and UCLA School of Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Rob Schwartz — discussed an array of topics and gave great advice to the dozens of pre-law advisors in attendance to pass along to their students.

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Talking Law School Personal Statements and Letters of Rec

Last week, Hank attended a handful of events at the 2014 Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (PCAPLA) Conference and blogged about them. This is part 2 of 3.

It might be a law school applicant’s market right now.

But you still have to make a compelling case.

That was the final message delivered by Golden Gate University School of Law Associate Dean of Admissions Angela Dalfen to close out the PCAPLA Conference discussion on personal statements and letters of recommendation last Friday at UCLA School of Law.

Dalfen, along with UCLA School of Law Director of Admissions Talin Broosan, discussed law school admissions essays and letters of rec for about an hour, passing along their best pieces of advice to the dozens of pre-law advisors from all over the country who were in attendance.

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Inside a Mock Law School Admissions Committee Meeting

Last week, Hank attended a handful of events at the 2014 Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (PCAPLA) Conference and blogged about them. This is part 1 of 3.

There was one resounding theme at the PCAPLA Conference Mock Law School Admissions Committee Meeting last Thursday on the campus of Southwestern Law School:

It ain’t just about the numbers.

In a room of dozens of pre-law advisors from all over the country, Southwestern Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Lisa Gear and a panel of admission committee members from the University of San Diego School of Law, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, San Francisco School of Law and Santa Clara Law School discussed the applications of three students vying for admission.

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Interview: Law School Expert Ann Levine Fields Admission Qs

Today on LSAT blog: An interview with Law School Expert Ann Levine. Ann has worked as a law school admissions consultant since 2004, and before that as a Director of Admissions at two ABA-accredited law schools. She’s also the author of The Law School Admission Game and The Law School Decision Game. She fielded some questions from Blueprint LSAT Prep instructor and Most Strongly Supported blogger Yuko Sin about choosing the right law school, the downside of law school rankings, and what law schools really look for in applicants.

Yuko Sin: How should an applicant decide which law schools to apply to?

Ann Levine: There are three questions to ask yourself when choosing law schools to apply to: