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WELCOME TO THE 2020 FALL SEMESTER!


*The Magner Career Center remains committed to providing excellent service to our students, alumni, and employer partners.  However, given the local, state, and federal guidelines regarding community response to the COVID-19 novel corona virus, we are operating virtually. All staff members are now working remotely and ready to assist you; I am available by email, and via Google Meet Video chat.

Thank you for your flexibility and I look forward to connecting with you soon! 


Pre-Law Handbook 2020-2021.pdf (Students download everything you need to know going forward)

Spring 2020 Pre-Law Event, YALE LAW SCHOOL VIRTUAL TOUR AND ADMISSIONS OFFICE INFORMATION SESSION (Register for the event via the Career tab in your WebCentral account) or email Pam Brown @  pbrown@brooklyn.cuny.edu 


What is the LSAT-Flex?

lsac.org/update-coronavirus-and-lsat/lsat-flex

In light of the COVID-19, LSAC is offering an online, remotely proctored version of the LSAT — called the LSAT-Flex. This offers a convenient and safe way to still take the LSAT. The August LSAT-Flex will occur during the week of August 29, 2020. Be sure to monitor LSAC website for details on how LSAT exams will be administered beyond August 2020.

  • LSAT Prep: Check out lsac.org/lsat/prep for resources on LSAT preparation - including FREE prep resources offered through Khan Academy.

Fall Semester 2020 Law School Forum Event Dates:

Saturday, September 26

Register by Sept. 23

Tuesday, October 13

Register by Oct. 10

Wednesday, November 4

Register by Nov. 1

Saturday, December 12

Register by Dec. 9

Meet with law school reps from 3-7 p.m. ET
Attend live workshops from 2-7:30 p.m. ET
View Full Schedule
View Law Schools Participating

Law School Application Tip:

Admissions applications are typically reviewed on a rolling basis. Some law schools even offer early admissions deadlines. Plan your LSAT preparation and test taking date accordingly. The sooner your application materials are complete - the better. Apply early, if possible!

*Interested in a Pre-Law Club for the fall?  Contact: Cynthia Spitzer: cynthiaspitzer1@gmail.com

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What are 10 things Every Pre-Law Student Should Know?

  • Connect with the Prelaw Program
  • Search for Financial Aid
  • Begin networking
  • Keep a journal of experiences and observations
  • .    Research law schools early and determine your best-fit law schools
  • Make sure your professors know you (visit during office hours, speak up in class, and attend class)
  • Select a major of study that you enjoy
  • Get involved around campus and the student club community
  • Meet law school deadlines      



Here is the timeline for the Law School Application Process






Task


Ideal Deadline


Drop-Dead Deadline

*Study for the LSAT^

June test: Jan. to May

Oct. test: May to Sept.

Dec. test: July to November

*Apply for LSAC* fee waiver, if needed

As soon as possible

As soon as possible

*Register for the LSAT

June test: by March

Oct. test: by June

Dec. test: by Aug.

June test: by May

Oct. test: by Sept. Dec. test: by Oct.

*Apply for LSAT accommodations, if needed

After LSAT registration

After LSAT registration

*Research law schools

Ongoing

Ongoing

*Register with the CAS**

June 1

Sept. 15

*Send transcript(s) to CAS

Aug. 31

Oct. 1

*Write resume

Sept. 1

Nov. 1

*Secure letters of recommendation

Sept. 30

Dec. 1

*Write personal statement

Oct. 1

Jan. 1

*Write addenda and supplemental essays

Oct. 1

Jan. 1

*Take the LSAT

June or October

December

*Finalize your list of law schools

Nov. 10

Jan. 5

*Tailor materials to schools’ requirements

Nov. 19

Jan. 9

*Apply to law schools

Nov. 20-30

Jan. 10-20

*Send thank you cards to recommenders

Dec. 10

Jan. 31

*Admissions decisions from schools

December to August

February to August

*File income taxes

Feb. 10

Feb. 10

*Complete the FAFSA®

Feb. 15

Feb. 15

*Complete financial aid applications

Feb. 28

Feb. 28

*Write letters of interest for wait lists

As needed

As needed

*Visit law schools

February to April

February to April

*Send deposit to the school you’ve chosen

March to May

March to May

*Celebrate!

Summer

Summer

*Send second deposit

May to July

May to July

*Enter Law School

August to September

August to September


(^) Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

The LSAT is a standardized test that law schools use to evaluate applicants for admission.


(*) Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)

The LSAC administers the LSAT and the online services that you use to apply to law schools.


(**) Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

The CAS is part of the LSAC. This service stores your letters of recommendation, transcripts, LSAT score (s) and all important documents.


(®) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This is the application you fill out to apply for financial aid from the U.S. government.


The Key Skills Needed for Law School, and How They Continue to Shape the LSAT!   

  • The key skills currently assessed by the LSAT — critical reading, logical reasoning, and analytical reasoning — continue to be critical to success in law school. 
  • Out of 70 different skills evaluated, the top 10 skills needed for success in law school, according to law school faculty who participated in the survey, include:
  • Reading critically (92% of those surveyed said this is highly important)
  • Applying a case, rule, principle, or statute to a new or hypothetical set of facts (90%)
  • Identifying the principle, rule of law, or statute operating in or applicable to a case or legal problem (89%)
  • Identifying the key facts in a case (86%)
  • Inductive reasoning (86%)
  • Reading class materials (85%)
  • Organizing evidence into argument (84%)
  • Arguing logically and persuasively in writing (84%)
  • Deductive reasoning (83%)
  • Writing with good organizational structure (82%)
  • Participate in our Mock Moot Court Class events

 Additional Pre-Law Resources

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Pre-Law Scholarships 

ANY QUESTIONS ON SCHOLARSHIPS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TOWARD PBROWN@BROOKLYN.CUNY.EDU OR HABIBA.SHAFA@BROOKLYN.CUNY.EDU.

    • Stanley Geen Memorial Internship Award 2020
    • LSAT Stipend Award 2020
      Very Important Information for Students receiving a Stipend Award                                                                                                                                                                         

       1)   Scholarship Acknowledgement Letter (will be attached in the email sent to you)

      2)    Use IT-2014E is for students under the age of 25.  If you are under 25 but not a full time student then you must use IT-2014 instead

      3)    You will complete the W4 Form 

      4)  Provide an "Internship Acceptance Letter" to the Career Adviser (Pam Brown)

      5)  Students will need to submit a thank you letter for the donor in order to start the payment process.  

      In addition:  

      • You are encouraged to make an appointment with a writing tutor at the Learning Center to have them look over your thank you letter to ensure there are no mistakes or grammatical errors.
      • We have samples for you to use as a guide (do not copy the letter since several students will be sending the donor a thank you letter).

      If you are an international student, please let us know since you have to do some additional documents.  If you have any questions, please contact: Pam Brown, at pbrown@brooklyn.cuny.edu

      Student Applicants MUST have a current social security card!!!!!!

      Scholarships (**It's important to research these scholarships before you proceed to applying for them**)

    • BCAA Lawyer’s Affiliate Award – The recipients shall be pre-law graduating seniors at Brooklyn College who can demonstrate that they have been accepted into law school. $1,000 available

    • Freda Len, ’75 Memorial Fund – To a graduating senior who plans to go to law school or become a paralegal. $300 available

    • Jules Ritholz Memorial Award - To an outstanding graduating senior who has been accepted to a law school and whose academic standing and extracurricular activities epitomize the standards of excellence exemplified by Jules Ritholz. Award amount is $1,000

    • The National Black Law Student Association is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students to effectuate change in the legal community. They provide up to four scholarships each year to African-American students currently in law school. Scholarships include the Rodney Pulliam Memorial Scholarship for third and fourth year law students who plan to work in the public sector, the Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship for first or second year law students, the NBLSA Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship for first, second or third year law students who have excelled academically, and the Nelson Mandela Scholarship for Pre-Law students only. The deadline for this scholarship is usually in JANUARY of each year, and the award amount VARIES. Please go to this link: https://www.petersons.com/scholarship-search.aspx, for more information on how to apply for the scholarships mentioned above. Click this link: https://www.nblsa.org/ to take you to the NBLSA's main page, where you can find more information on how to become a member, a part of the Pre-Law Student Division and undergraduate scholarships. 

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Law School information Digital / Video Publications / Webinar Series

Date: TBD for Spring 2020        

A large part of preparing to take the LSAT (and most standardized tests) is familiarizing yourself with the mechanics of the test:  What does it look like? What is being asked of you? How do you physically provide answers to the test questions?  We highly recommend that you attend a workshop in preparation for your admission to Law School. 


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Contact Information


* For more information please contact the Magner Career Center at 1303 James Hall or call 718-951-5696 to schedule an appointment with the Pre-Law Career Advisor.

Magner Career Center: Pre-Law Advisor


Pamela Brown 

Assistant Director

Global Internships & Pre-Law Programs

Liaison to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Adjunct, Business Management department

Contact information:

pbrown@brooklyn.cuny.edu

(718) 951-5696

1303 James Hall