A series of lunch-hour programs offered throughout your four years at Lafayette College are aimed at helping you get information critical to your law school application process. We expect you will find these information sessions quite useful, especially if coupled with faculty consultations and participation in the Gateway Program.
Students considering law school at any stage of their studies are encouraged to meet with Dean Karen Clemence. To make an appointment, please call the Dean of the College Office at 610.330.5080. Consultations with Lafayette alumni are available in-person, by telephone/Skype, and/or via email.
First and Second Years
Students in their first and second year should be concerned about challenging themselves in every aspect of their development. Law schools want to see that an applicant has performed well in rigorous courses; and they expect that qualified applicants will have explored ways to develop and manifest their talents and abilities outside the classroom as well. Lafayette College provides extensive opportunities for students to thrive as they explore and engage in their academic major(s). Students are encouraged to participate consistently in programs offered by Career Services where they can learn about themselves and pursue relevant externships, internships, and interactions with legal professions alumni.
Juniors and Seniors
Students planning to apply to law school are offered several relevant programs to help them become familiarized with the application process, to meet law school admissions representatives, and to assist them in preparing to take the LSAT.
For seniors, law school applications become available in the month of September; students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the fall semester and by November 15 (although law school deadlines are later). Seniors are encouraged to meet personally with Dean Karen Clemence to discuss application materials and to develop their law school application strategies. Dean Clemence also provides personal statement advice and guidance.
Spring 2013 Programs
“Considering Law School”
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Where do lawyers work and what do they do?
- How do I explore myself and consider law school?
- How do Lafayette applicants fare?
- How have current seniors make their decisions about going to law school?
- How can I prepare for a legal education?
- What do I need to know now about applying to law school?
Kaplan LSAT Class On Campus
February 28, 2013 – April 23, 2012 (details)
6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Registration (and tuition fees) through Kaplan:
Juniors having made a decision to take the LSAT might consider this LSAT preparation option. Lafayette does not endorse any particular means of preparing for the LSAT, but because Kaplan TestPrep is in our local area we provide this on-campus opportunity to take the Kaplan LSAT Advantage class. Dean Clemence is available to discuss your particular LSAT strategies.
Free, full-length LSAT Simulation
Saturday, March 16, 2013
9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Students take a full-length LSAT under real testing conditions, offered by Kaplan Test Prep. There are also options to take a sample LSAT online, but be aware that the real LSAT is still paper & pencil. The on-campus LSAT option is available in a separate box on the page. Registration deadline is October 29th. Register through Kaplan TestPrep using this link.
Fall 2013 Programs
Applying to Law School
- Application Timelines
- The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
- What’s in a Complete Application?
- Who should apply to law school?
- What is law school like?
Writing An Effective Personal Statement
Come learn how to think about and develop your unique stories as you compose a personal statement for law school. Our guests from the English Department and the Writing Center provide their best advice! Register HERE.
All About the LSAT
Get essential information about this important law school admission test and hear about the role the LSAT plays in your law school application.
Applying to Graduate School: Donal Asher
Lehigh Valley Law Day
Students are encouraged to prepare themselves to talk with law school admissions representatives by using law school websites to learn about particular law schools and generate a list of questions. Approximately 30 law schools will be in attendance (list to be posted in September).
Financing a Legal Education
How recent Lafayette graduates plan to finance a legal education can be one of the most important influences on their early legal careers. Come learn about traditional forms of financial aid available to law students and get tips and information to help students make informed choices in this challenging economy from an expert in the field: Gisele Joachim, Dean of Enrollment Management, Seton Hall University School of Law.
LSAC Law School Forum in New York City
This is a terrific opportunity for students to meet and chat with admissions representatives from virtually any U.S. law school. In order to get the most out of the event , students are encouraged to learn what is available during a forum and to review LSAC’s recommendations for how to prepare to visit with law school admissions representatives.
Free, full-length LSAT Simulation
Students take a full-length LSAT under real testing conditions, offered by Kaplan Test Prep. There are also options to take a sample LSAT online, but be aware that the real LSAT is still paper & pencil. The on-campus LSAT option is available in a separate box on the page. Registration deadline is October 29th. Register using this link.
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