Attention Pre-Law Students: Upcoming LSAT Changes

Attention Pre-Law Students: Upcoming LSAT Changes

By Trevor Larner Major changes are coming for future law students, as LSAC recently announced that the LSAT will be transitioning to digital-only starting with the July 2019 test. If you plan on taking the test in July of 2019, you may be assigned a paper-and-pencil test or a digital test (which test you receive will not be known in advance). However, to make things easier for you during the transition, LSAC is offering July 2019 test takers the option to see their score before making the decision on whether to cancel it. If you decide to cancel, you can take the test once more free of charge through April 2020. Following the July 2019 test, all exams will be administered digitally. Some highlights regarding the transition: June 2019: Last paper/pencil exam. July 2019: Some paper, some digital. Most test takers will not know their format beforehand. As a result, those taking the July 2019 LSAT will be allowed to cancel their score after seeing it. This is a unique opportunity. September 2019: Fully digital exam. The new digital test will be delivered on a tablet interface and will include positive features such as faster reporting of scores. Don’t fret if you have already bought an LSAT review book, as those are still good, but there will soon be new materials specifically designed for the tablet interface. This change coincides with an increase in the number of test dates from six to nine, giving students more flexibility on when to take the exam. The change to the new digital system also requires changes to the writing portion of the...
Fords on Friday: Richard Lyon ’68 on taking a Gap Year

Fords on Friday: Richard Lyon ’68 on taking a Gap Year

Richard G. Lyon ’68  Taking a Gap Year Before Law School   For some reason I’m frequently asked by prospective students about applying to law school. I say “for some reason” because it was almost fifty years ago when I did so, and everyone knows (and the questioners know better than anyone) that the law as a profession and the calculus of law school have changed enormously in the past half century. Particularly the economics.   Maybe I’m asked because grey hair is supposed to make me wise. Maybe it’s that I always say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my career in Big Law. Whatever the reason I’m flattered. My answer is much different than what I considered in 1968 and its principal focus is on the dollars.   The economics of law school – $180,000 + living expenses. Like all education, law school tuition has risen far ahead of ordinary inflation. Law school is now a very substantial investment, and that on top of the cost of that college degree. Most kids even with parental support cannot pay out of pocket as they go. The obvious and often only alternative is a loan, resulting for many in a law degree encumbered with a substantial mortgage. And the benefit side of the equation has changed even more. The value of access to a license in a licensed profession that should pay off in increased earning power is far more uncertain than in my day. The growth of law schools, rising legal fees, a recognition that a lawyer isn’t always necessary, among many other factors have left many newly-minted lawyers without an...
CAREERS IN LAW WEEK!

CAREERS IN LAW WEEK!

We are so excited to begin our annual Bi-College Careers in Law Week for 2017. Events run from Feburary 6-10 and include numerous alumni and special guests to help you explore your interest in the field of law, and answer your questions about law school. Mark your calendar! MONDAY 2/6 “Mawters on Monday” Career Chat Allison Eiselen BMC ’09 Juvenile Prosecutor BMC, Gateway Conference Room, Noon TUESDAY 2/7 LSAT Strategy Session with Princeton Review HC, Dining Center – Faculty Dining Room, 6:00pm WEDNESDAY 2/8 – two events Villanova Law School Classes and tour 9:30am – Noon. See poster for details and advanced sign up. **Careers in Law Alumni Panel** BMC Gateway Conference Room, 6:00pm Featured event! Law alumni in litigation, the music industry, labor & employment law, corporate law and more! THURSDAY 2/9 – two events Pre-Law Orientation HC, CCPA Conference Room, Stokes 300, Noon For juniors & seniors applying in the next 1-2 years. **pizza provided** “How This Whole Law School Thing Works” Stephen Brown, Assistant Dean, Fordham Law HC, CCPA Conference Room, Stokes 300, 6:00pm **pizza provided** FRIDAY 2/10 – two events “Fords on Friday” Career Chat Alexandre Turner HC ’93 HC, CCPA Conference Room, Stokes 300, Noon **pizza provided** Financing Your Legal Education Penn State School of Law BMC, Campus Center 200, 1:30pm   IN ADDITION! Haverford College is sponsoring the two events below! IMMIGRATION INFORMATION PANEL AND DISCUSSION Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 PM Stokes Auditorium The experts will include:   Attorney William Stock of Klasko Immigration Law Partners has been practicing  immigration law exclusively for over twenty years and currently is the President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA),...