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Legal Career Compass (Attorney Assessment)

This course provides an overview of several key chapters of the Legal Career Compass reports. The Legal Career Compass will help you think through your career path, grow as a person, and excel in school, internships, and jobs.

  • Introduction
  • Legal Trait Analysis
  • Practice Area and Work Setting Analysis
  • Visual Type

Managing Unrealistic Expectations

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.

  • Identifying and Addressing Misinformation and Misconceptions
  • Expectations Related to Law School Admissions
  • Expectations Related to Money

How to Connect with Law School Admissions Staff

This course will help you understand the value and limits of relationships with law school admissions staff. We discuss how to reach out to people in law school admissions as an advisor, how to develop those relationships, and the mutual benefits those relationships can deliver.

  • Who to Target, and How
  • The Contours of Your Law School Relationships
  • Benefits to Law School Relationships

Fireside Chat: New Advisor Essentials

This course will help new advisors find their bearings and seasoned advisors in their mentoring. Join veteran advisor Diane Curtis and relatively-new advisor Ilisabeth Bornstein in a freeform, fireside chat about getting started as an advisor.

Ilisabeth reflects on her transition from law practice to advising and Diane discusses her experience in helping new advisors hit the ground running. Together, they discuss how to get established at your institution, what resources are most helpful in advising students, and common experiences in advising. They cover institutional differences, where to look for helpful internal relationships, and where to get information from external sources such as LSAC, NALP, and professional advising organizations.

  • Establishing Your Role in Your School's Ecosystem
  • What should a new advisor expect to do?
  • Law School Application Basics
  • Key Advising Resources
  • Defining Your Success

Deans' Perspectives: Undergraduate Records and Standardized Tests

This course provides an inside look at how admissions committees view undergraduate records, i.e. GPA, and standardized test scores as part of an applicant’s entire application package. We cover how to use school-specific GPA and LSAT medians to advise applicants. We address how these scores weigh against the qualitative, written elements of an application package and whether low GPAs or standardized test scores can be overcome by other parts of the application. We also cover how to address dips in GPA and when it makes sense to take a standardized test multiple times.

  • Elisabeth Hutchison, University of Hawaii
  • Annie Gemmell, Mitchell-Hamline

Deans' Perspectives: Major Application Components

This course provides an inside look at how law school admissions committees view the primary written components of a law school application. In interviews with experienced law school admissions officers, we cover what they most value in a personal statement and resume, when to include a diversity statement or addendum, and how these various elements mesh together to create a strong application. We also cover potential mistakes and weak spots that can make for a lackluster application, whether it be a failure to address elements that reflect poorly in your application or including unnecessary, irrelevant, or otherwise unwelcome information.

We show you what the admissions committee cares about when looking at applications so that applicants can maximize their chances of admission.

  • Elisabeth Hutchison, University of Hawaii
  • Annie Gemmell, Mitchell-Hamline

Letters of Recommendation

This course covers letters of recommendation, which provide law school admissions committees with an outside perspective on an applicant’s academic capabilities, as well as their ability to comfortably navigate and collaborate in an academic environment. We outline what makes a good letter recommendation and who makes a good recommender. We review the process for submitting letters of recommendation through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website. We cover the importance of how your students make their requests and some steps they can take to make it easy for the recommender to deliver a quality letter. We also warn against pitfalls and mistakes to avoid regarding who, when, and how to ask for a letter.

  • Who, What, Why?
  • Submitting Letters Through LSAC
  • Approaching Recommenders

Diversity Statements

This course covers an applicant’s diversity statement, one common type of essay suggested by law schools. A diversity statement lays out the background and experiences of an applicant that would inform their perspective in the classroom, allowing them to bring a unique and diverse point of view. Although you might assume a diversity statement should only be written by applicants with a readily apparent diverse identity—such as in race or gender—diversity statements can be written about any part of an applicant’s history and self that can lead them to have a “diverse” perspective.

We cover when a diversity statement is appropriate, what it should look like, and how it differs from other application components, like the personal statement. We also take a look at several sample prompts to show the variety of approaches law schools take towards diversity statements, from requesting very specific information to not requesting one at all.

  • Diversity Statement Basics
  • Diversity Statement Sample Prompts

Using Law School Data

This course will help you use law school data to accurately assess law school performance across a variety of important metrics. Get an idea of the kinds of jobs graduates get, how and when they find them, what they pay, and which schools have better access to different jobs, as well as admissions selectivity, prices, bar exam performance, and more.

  • What do lawyers do?
  • What do lawyers make?
  • How do graduates find jobs?