Loyola wins Thomas Tang National

Loyola won the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition held in Washington, DC, November 3-4. Loyola also won Best Brief and Best Oralist Awards. The competition is sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation. Congratulations to Emily Olivera, Jasmine Stanzick, Sevan Avakian (coach), Lucas Terna, and Sowmya Sastri. Not pictured: Coaches Kristen Kawaguchi and Ann Shea.

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On the Road Again || The JD Admission Staff

We are hitting our last stops in 2017 this week, we hope you can stop by our table.

University of California, Irvine Law School Fair
Monday, November 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Aldrich Ring Road
Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697
 
UCLA Pre-Law Society Law Forum
Monday, November 6, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ackerman Grand Ballroom
University of California Los Angeles
308 Westwood Plaza,
Los Angeles, CA 90095
 
University California, Riverside Law Day
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rivera Library Mall 
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521
 
University of Washington Law School Fair
Thursday, November 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Husky Union Building, North Ballroom
4001 E Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195
 
 
LSAC Boston, MA Law School Forum
Friday, November 10, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Table #157
Renaissance Boston Waterfront
606 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
Register here.
 
University of Oregon Law School Fair
Saturday, November 11, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Ballroom
1395 University St
Eugene, OR 97403
 
Portland State University Law School Fair
Monday, November 13, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97207
 
We look forward to chatting about life at Loyola with you!
 
The JD Admission Staff
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Keeping up with Keala: Differences between Undergrad and Law School

Keeping up with Keala
Hi all! This week, I will be highlighting the differences between undergrad and law school. Keep in mind, that this is not to frighten you the about difficulties of law school. Rather, it is to get you excited to take on the challenge.

Making the transition between undergrad and law school can be challenging, but is certainly worth it. First, everyone around you is intelligent and driven. If you are considering law school, chances are you took college seriously and did well academically. In law school, your classmates are just as dedicated. This is great! Your classmates will push you to be a better student. Because the environment is so stimulating, you will constantly be challenged through case readings, cold calls and class discussions. Embrace that challenge. Professors love when you offer your unique perspective and ask critical questions; it lets them know that you understand the material.

Second, you are in a specific section. This means that you and 70 other 1Ls attend your core classes together for the entire first year. Unlike undergrad, where you never know if you’ll have a familiar face in your lectures, in law school, you are surrounded by the same people each day. You get to know each one of your classmates well and create long-lasting friendships.

Third, the work load is much heavier. In undergrad, it was rare that I ever did homework on a Saturday. In law school, I often find myself doing homework all weekend (breaks included) in order to prep for the week ahead. Time management is crucial your 1L year. In order to be efficient, try to set a study schedule that is consistent each week (i.e. “Every Saturday I complete Property for Tuesday”). This will help you to stay on track. However, it is important that if you find yourself overwhelmed, take the day off and come back to it later. For me, my off-day is Friday where I explore the city, do my grocery shopping and do not think about law school. That way, on Saturday I am recharged and ready to take on my cases.

Finally, networking, networking, networking. In undergrad, I rarely attended networking events, especially because there were very few focused on the field of law. In law school, there is a networking event every week. Although you need not attend all of them, it is good to attend the ones that you are interested in. Attending these events hosted by your school and different organizations can really help you get ahead. Practicing attorneys, especially Loyola Alumni are more than happy to help you get your foot in the door. That being said, it is important that you come to these events ready to mingle. If networking is not second nature to you and you get nervous around a senior partner, do not worry. These successful attorneys know that approaching someone well-established can be intimidating. Even more so, they know how you feel because they did it when they were a 1L.

Undergrad and law school are very different, as they should be. Think of it this way: you are in a small percentage of your school’s student body who has chosen to continue their education. Law school is unlike other grad school programs because there is no pre-requisites, meaning that everyone enters at the same level. It is then when you are taught how to “think like a lawyer.”

Thanks so much for reading my blog! Stay tuned for next week as I feature one of Loyola’s many great professors.

Loxley

Loxley Keala is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To search all posts written by her search the Loxley category on the right hand side. Questions for Loxley? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Loxley” and she will make sure to answer them in a future post.

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On the Road Again || The JD Admission Staff

West Coast, here we come! Our staff will be in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and California this week and one local Midwest event in Minnesota. We look forward to chatting about life at Loyola!

Arizona State University Law School Fair
Monday, October 30, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Memorial Union, 2nd Floor, Arizona and Ventana Ballrooms
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
1290 S. Normal Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85287

University of Arizona Law Expo
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University of Arizona
Student Union Memorial Center, Grand Ballroom
1303 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719

University of Utah Law School Fair
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
University of Utah,  A. Ray Olpin University
Union Center Ballroom
200 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Brigham Young University Law Expo
Thursday, November 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Brigham Young University
Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom
1 Campus Drive
Provo, UT 84604

LSAC San Francisco, CA Law School Forum
Thursday, November 2, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Table #352
Marriott Marquis San Francisco
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Register here.

The picture perfect UC- Boulder campus

University of Colorado Law Fair
Friday, November 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
University Memorial Center
Glen Miller Ballroom 1669 Euclid Avenue
Boulder, CO 80309

Upper Midwest Law Fair
Saturday, November 4, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Auditorium on Second Floor
875 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

LSAC Los Angeles, CA Law School Forum
Saturday, November 4, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Table #562
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Register here.

**Dean Bloomquist will be on the  Forum 101 & The Application Process workshop panel from 9:00 AM–10:00 AM in the Santa Barbara Room at the Lobby level.

For a full list of events for the rest of 2017 view our 2017-2018 Recruitment Calendar on our website.

The JD Admission Staff

 

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Keeping up with Keala: Favorite Things About Loyola

Keeping up with Keala
This week I will be highlighting my two favorite things about Loyola: student involvement and the Law Library.

Student Involvement
As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, Loyola offers many opportunities to be involved on campus. As a 1L, your first priority should be studying and getting the hang of law school, but don’t limit yourself. You know better than anyone what you can handle. Getting involved in student organizations is a great way to meet other 1Ls outside of your section and upper class students with similar interests. Within each organization, there are also several leadership opportunities. Most clubs have 1L Section Representatives that act as liaisons between their classmates and the executive board of that particular organization. Section Representatives are usually selected through an application process in which you submit a general application along with a statement of interest. If you are interested in becoming an officer of that club within your law school career, being a Section Representative can be a great introduction to a leadership role.

Favorite Study Spot!
Most of my time is spent in the Law Library, in particular, on the fourth floor at the tables against the window.

The Law Library is three levels and is on the third, fourth and fifth floors. Every floor has tables, study cubicles and computers and printers. Additionally, each floor has independent study rooms that are useful for group study sessions. The third floor also has research librarians that specialize in legal research who can help you find what you’re looking for; they are very friendly and know everything, and they love helping! The third floor is slightly nosier and allows for students to discuss freely, whereas the fourth and fifth floors request that students study quietly. The Law Library is a great place to get work done. Unlike at home, where you are constantly tempted with distraction, the library provides a stimulating environment where everyone is quietly doing their work, so it forces you to be productive. One the best things about the library is that you can eat in it! Many students either bring home-lunch or run across the street to any of the many eateries to grab a meal and eat while studying.

Thanks for reading this week’s blog!
Loxley

Loxley Keala is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To search all posts written by her search the Loxley category on the right hand side. Questions for Loxley? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Loxley” and she will make sure to answer them in a future post.

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Breaking Through: My Journey to Law School, Khalil Watson

Breaking Through: My Journey to Law School
Hi everyone, hope all has been well. As I recently prepared for my last mid-term exam, I found myself reflecting on how I got here. I was the first in my family to apply to law school, so my journey to law school is unique as I know many of yours will be as well. In order to help you to get the picture here’s a short version:

I woke up one day, decided I wanted to go to law school, and here I am.

Okay so maybe that’s too short, but honestly from age 8 I remember having the desire to be a lawyer. Life events perpetuated that desire and the goal was always in the back of my mind. As I continued through school, I saw it becoming a more realistic possibility. However, it wasn’t until I went to Howard University, that I had the opportunity to get exposure to actual law schools. This is where my process into law school admissions and Loyola started.

Law School Fairs
In 2015 I attended the Washington D.C. Law School Fair*. This event had over 100 law schools from all over the nation offering up information, advice, and application fee waivers** (life savers). It was a lot to take in, but a GREAT opportunity to ask any questions about a specific law school or the application process in general. I knew you needed to take the LSAT to gain admission to law school and essentially not too much more. This experience changed that and opened my eyes to how much work this was going to be. The next step was taking the LSAT.

*check out Loyola’s recruitment calendar to see if we will be at a law fair near you
** Loyola has no application fee for ALL applicants,  automatically

The LSAT
Honestly, It is all a blur. The end.

Just know that there are VARIOUS methods of study you can utilize and several programs you can enroll in. Prices vary, as do techniques. At the end of the day, I believe, the LSAT is a test you can learn how to master but YOU WILL ONLY GET OUT OF IT WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT. Essentially it comes down to exploring what the best option for you could be.

More Law School Fairs
Back in California and losing my mind, I attended the 2016 West Coast Consortium’s (WCC) Los Angeles Law Fair. I once again was able to question over 50 schools about different aspects about my application packet. I had taken my first LSAT and had that number in hand to help me gauge schools interest levels. That day I received countless cards and subsequent follow up regarding my application to a variety of law schools. It was a nice feeling.

My Law School Packet
When applying to law school you compile application materials (which generally consists of a personal statement, resumé, letters of recommendation, LSAT score(s), and addenda if you need it) that will essentially be a representation of who you are to law schools you apply to nationwide. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) collects this information as part of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). It’s important that you TAKE CARE when crafting this masterpiece, it’s not something that should be taken lightly but something you should spend a good amount of time on to best represent who you are aside from the numbers. I wouldn’t have been able to finish mine personally if it wasn’t for the village that made it a point to help me along in this process.

*** Please review our information on How to Apply, which includes the application deadlines and a list of requirements to complete your application. APPLY NOW.

Literally Applying
I think I actually cried during my first application, I’m not sure if it was emotion or because of how long each application took to complete. The application process completed through LSAC is simple enough to understand, just make sure you pace yourself and have ample time to submit your applications well ahead of the deadlines.

Waiting is the Hardest Part
Waiting is horrible… I suggest you find something to preoccupy your time. Bookmarking admissions website pages and consistently refreshing your email is not the way to go. Some suggestions would be volunteering, working or reading books on ways to prepare for law school.

Acceptance
In the end you have to decide which school is the best fit for you, go on school visits, tour the campus, and sit in a class (each of these opportunities are available to prospective students who visit Loyola). Your visit will help you determine what you want from your law school experience. Remember you’re laying the foundation for your career and life so take control of your destiny.

My Advice
I know personally I found it important to ask for help, I’m the first in my immediate family to graduate college and apply to law school so this process was COMPLETELY foreign to me. When your community is strong, though, you find people willing to help come from all different avenues. You will find if you are willing to ask questions, you will find people who are more than willing to answer them. Take your time, don’t rush your LSAT or any part of your application. Find where you want to be. Maximize your opportunities. Once you commit go all in.

Khalil

Khalil Watson is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is blogging about the journey of his first year of law school. To search all posts written by him search the Khalil category on the right hand side. Questions for Khalil? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Khalil” and he will make sure to answer them in a future post.

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Keeping up with Keala: How to get through the law school application process and come out winning!

Keeping up with Keala
The law school application process can be daunting and somewhat overwhelming if you don’t have your ducks in a row. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Oh no, I haven’t done one thing yet,” fear not because it is still early. And in fact, you are right on schedule. However, make sure you’re not waiting too long, as most schools, including Loyola, have rolling admission, so getting your application in earlier will be better.

This week’s blog will be how to get through the law school application process and come out winning! Here are three steps that got me through the application process:

STEP 1 – The LSAT
The LSAT is key, and is required by almost every law school. The standardized exam consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple choice. The sections include one reading comprehension, one analytical reasoning and two logical reasoning sections. The fifth section is a “variable” and could be any one of the aforementioned sections. There is also a 35-minute unscored writing sample that usually presents a problem that you must argue for one side or the other. While unscored, many schools look at your writing sample to assess your critical reading and writing skills, which are essential to any lawyer.

In order to register for the LSAT, you must create an account through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website . The one caveat about the *LSAT is that it is currently only offered four times throughout the year: in February, in June, in September, and in December. There are also deadlines to register for each, so check the site to make sure you are good to go. Most schools prefer that you take the LSAT the June or September before you plan to enter law school, but will accept a December score as well**. If you don’t get the score you want the first time, feel free to take it again. Most schools will take your highest score, and in a rarer occasion, the school will average the two scores.

*Prospective law students will have more opportunities to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) starting in mid-2018. The Law School Admission Council announced today an expanded testing schedule that will increase testing dates from four to six annually.

** Loyola accepts the February LSAT.

STEP 2 – The Application
After you’ve received your LSAT score (or even if you’re still waiting), go ahead and begin the application process. Loyola, like most schools, require that you apply through LSAC; which consists of your application, your LSAT score(s), your undergraduate transcripts, and your letters of recommendation will be available to the schools to which you are applying. ***Loyola’s application includes a biographical section and requires a personal statement (with optional essay options). Allow yourself time to complete your application, especially your personal statement.

Your personal statement is the time to brag about yourself and why you are interested in that school. If you are applying to more than one school, make sure that your personal statement is tailored to that particular application. Your accomplishments can be similar, but make sure that you are answering the question correctly. Admission Committees can often tell when a prospective student uses a general statement and just changes the school’s name, especially since different schools have different strengths.

*** Please review our information on How to Apply, which includes the application deadlines and a list of requirements to complete your application. APPLY NOW.

STEP 3 – School Selection
Sometimes choosing a school can be just as stressful as the application process. Just remember, the school(s) have already chosen you. Just as it was your job to impress them during the application process, it is their time to impress you during the school selection process. Think of it as a second round of choosing a college. You already have an idea of who you’re interested in since you applied to that school, but make a short list of your top three. Think about the school’s strengths and weaknesses, their location and where you’re wanting to practice after law school. Loyola, for example, is a great pipeline for students wanting to stay in Chicago, and will help you network with practicing attorneys in the area.

Go on a visit! There is no way to really know what the school is like if you’ve never seen it. You can schedule a visit on Loyola School of Law’s website, which can include a tour of campus, a question and answer conference with one of our admissions staff members, and a class visit with a 1L (where you can sit-in on a real course lecture). Our admissions office offers tons of resources, so definitely take advantage of it to make the best decision for yourself.

These three steps will help to put you in front of your competition and help you make your best decision. Ultimately, that’s what counts.

Thanks for reading this week’s blog and I hope that you found it helpful!

Loxley

Loxley Keala is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To search all posts written by her search the Loxley category on the right hand side. Questions for Loxley? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Loxley” and she will make sure to answer them in a future post.

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Thomas Tang Regional Champs

Loyola took First Place, Second Place, Best and Second Best Brief Awards, as well as Best and Second Best Oral Advocate Awards, at the Thomas Tang Regional Competition held it Chicago October 13-15. Congratulations to regional champs Jasmine Stanzick and Emily Olivera, and second place team members Sowmya Sastri and Lucas Terna.

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On the Road Again || The JD Admission Staff

We have admissions staff members out meeting with students from Texas, Michigan, and Washington DC next week!

UT- Austin, Texas Tower

Texas A&M University Law Fair
Monday, October 23, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bethancourt Ballroom, Memorial Student Union
275 Routt Boulevard #2300
College Station, TX 77843

Michigan State University Graduate and Law School Fair
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Michigan State University
Breslin Center
534 Birch Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Rose’s Luxury in Washington DC

DC Law School Fair at George Washington University
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
George Washington University
Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
**Dean Bloomquist will also be on a financial aid panel from 7:00 – 8:00 in the Champions Club,  a meeting room at the back of the second floor.

Southern Methodist University Law School Fair
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall
SMU Dedman School of Law
3315 Daniel Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

Texas BBQ at Salt Lick

Baylor University Law School Fair
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hankamer School of Business, Room 250
1621 S 3rd Street
Waco, TX 76706

Austin, TX

University of Texas at Austin Law Fair
Thursday, October 26, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Texas Union Ballroom
2308 Whitis Ave.
Austin, TX 78712

We love the Houston Forum!

LSAC Houston, TX Law School Forum
Saturday, October 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Table #366
Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77010
Register here.

Remember there is no admission fee to attend LSAC forums! & checkout the workshop schedule.

For a full list of events for the rest of 2017 view our 2017-2018 Recruitment Calendar on our website.

We look forward to chatting about life at Loyola with you!

The JD Admission Staff

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On the Road Again || The JD Admission Staff

Our schedule brings us to events in Illinois, Ohio and New York City next week. Please stop by our table at these events to ask questions you may have about our law school, the curriculum, the student population, the city of Chicago, specialty areas, etc., as well as questions about the admission process.

Northern Illinois University Graduate & Professional School Fair
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
NIU Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom
340 Carroll Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115

Miami University Law Day Fair
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Shriver Center, Multi-Purpose
Room 701 E Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056

The Ohio State University Law School Fair
Thursday, October 19, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Ohio State University
The Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom, 2nd Floor
1739 N High St
Columbus, OH 43210

UIC Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair
Thursday, October 19, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt
Chicago, IL 60608

John Jay Grad & Professional School Fair
Thursday, October 19, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m.
New Building, First Floor
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

LSAC New York, NY Law School Forum
Friday, October 20, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
&
Saturday, October 21, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New York Hilton
Midtown 1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Register here.

For a full list of events for the rest of 2017 view our 2017-2018 Recruitment Calendar on our website.

We look forward to chatting about life at Loyola with you!

The JD Admission Staff

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