The Dos and Don’ts of Your Law School Application: PLS in October

Photos and text by Heather Barodi

Our second meeting of the semester went on without skipping a beat. There were very few minor things to take care of before we got right down to business with our guest panel, which included three law school deans or recruiters.

We started our meeting with some housekeeping, which included an acknowledgement and congratulations for our most members (yet) and ended with a discussion on our upcoming volunteer event, Scare on the Square.

Afterwards, we were introduced to our admissions panel. We had Megan Henson (Associate Director of Admissions at University of Tulsa), Shawn Adams (Assistant Director for Recruitment at Texas Tech Law), and Jens Sandberg (Admissions Recruiter at South Texas College of Law).

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Our president, Sawyer Massie, started our Q&A with a few basic questions, but our members quickly jumped in and had some interesting questions of their own.

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Our panelist informed on things to put on our applications, what not to put, how to write the “perfect” personal statements, retaking LSATs, and many other things.

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Each panelist offered their own unique advice fit for their school, as well as their own personal advice that they endeavored when they applied for law schools.  They were very informative, while also injecting some humor into the discussion.

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The common denominator for that all three came into agreement on one thing: be yourself. That is the one thing most applicants miss on because they focus on what they think the admissions office wants to hear rather than the truth.

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At the end of this meeting, we can all say we left with more than we expected know and feel a little less nervous for our applications. Our final meeting of the fall semester is November 20, and we expect to have another exciting and educational meeting!

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Pre-Law Society

In addition to the 120 or so events the LEAP Center participates in every year, the Center also oversees three distinct student organizations: the LEAP Ambassadors, the Moot Court Team, and the Pre-Law Society.

The Pre-Law Society is the largest of such groups on campus.  With 45 members–despite only being in its first year–the organization hosts speakers, puts on workshops, and participates in many pre-law activities across the campus and beyond.

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This past semester, our speakers included: Rhonda Beassie, Attorney for the Texas State University System and former Associate Dean of Career Development at UH Law School;

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…David Weeks, District Attorney for Walker County;

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…and Nicole Tarrence, Associate Dean of Recruitment at South Texas College of Law Houston.

The dues for the Pre-Law Society are $20 a semester, plus a $35 initiation fee for the student’s first semester (this fee pays for t-shirt and cords).  For more information, contact the Pre-Law Society’s advisor Mike Yawn at mike.yawn@shsu.edu.