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This course helps prelaw advisors to address and correct the many unrealistic or otherwise misinformed conceptions applicants have about law school. We provide guidance related to financing law school, standardized test prep, being realistic about one’s chances of getting into law school, and when to take time between undergrad and law school. We provide advice for steering advisees toward a more realistic and productive approach to their law school ambitions. We address the most common misconceptions that students have when it comes to applying, being admitted to, and affording law school. We also provide advice and resources to help you address and change these misconceptions.

  1. Identifying and Addressing Misinformation and Misconceptions


    We explain the prominence of misinformation and misconceptions that most people have before directly engaging with the law school application process. We outline how an advisor should engage with students when addressing these misconceptions.

  2. Expectations Related to Law School Admissions


    We discuss some of the most common misconceptions about law school—cost, a student’s chances of admission, when students should go to law school, and standardized test prep—as well as how to address them.

  3. Expectations Related to Money


    We focus on financial considerations against a backdrop of applicant misconceptions, explaining how you can help students think realistically about the cost of law school and the impact that student debt will have on their lives after graduation.

Diane Curtis, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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Diane Curtis is the Director of Pre-Law Advising and a Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been a Pre-Law Advisor since 2004, is a member of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA), and has presented several times at NAPLA and PLANC conferences on such topics as engaging legal alumni, assisting applicants with personal statements, and advising online. Diane also served on the National Advisory Council for Law School Transparency. Previously, she practiced law for 10 years in New York City and Springfield, Massachusetts.