News and Upcoming Events

Ongoing:  Fridays when court is in session: The University of Maine Law School’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic invites Bates students to observe third-year law students handling cases in Protection from Abuse cases for their clients. At Lewiston District Court, 71 Lisbon Street, Lewiston. The courthouse is about a mile from campus.  These cases involve petitioners seeking an order of protection in domestic violence cases.  If the petitioner does not have a lawyer, the law student will represent him or her free of charge.  Bates students are able to shadow some student attorneys and their clients through the hearing process. Contact Anthony McGee at amcgee@bates.edu if interested.

The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program aims to increase diversity in law schools by subsidizing the LSAT preparatory course and law school application expenses of talented, diverse college students who may have difficulty paying the expenses associated with applying to law school. For eligibility requirements, an outline of the program and how to apply, please visit www.sidleyscholars.com. You must be a college junior or a senior graduating from college no later than June 30, 2018, or be a very recent graduate of a college and demonstrate financial need. Must matriculate to law school in Fall 2019.

Snell & Wilmer offers two FAR (Fellowship for Advancement and Resources) Fellowships which cover test prep course tuition, assistance with law school application fees, mentoring and advising through the application and admission process and assistance with the cost of law school books. Applications are usually due by June 1 of the year BEFORE the student intends to apply to law school (so, June 2017 if you will apply in fall 2018 to start law school in fall 2019). Contact Ms. Kara Blakey at kblakey@swlaw.com for information.

GRE or LSAT

There is a growing trend of law schools accepting GRE scores instead of the gold standard LSAT exam.  So far, Arizona, Brigham Young University, Brooklyn, Cardozo School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Columbia, Florida State, Harvard, Hawaii, John Marshall (Chicago), Georgetown, Northwestern, Pace, St. John’s, Texas A&M, UCLA, Wake Forest and Washington University in St. Louis, all have joined the ongoing trend of accepting GRE scores.   The primary reason for this seismic shift is to expand the application pool amongst academic majors to increase diversity. Before you decide to study and take the GRE, make sure the law schools you are applying to accept the GRE scores.

Khan Academy -Free LSAT Resource

Khan Academy collaborates with the Law School Admission Council (“LSAC”), the maker of the LSAT, design the first free Official LSAT Prep course.   

Bates College Pre-Law Society

In 2018, the Pre-Law Society (“Society”) was established as Bates’ first student-centered career club for students who are interested in attending law school and entering the legal profession.  The Society provides its members with information and resources on law school admissions, LSAT preparation, and the current trends in the legal world. The Society collaborates with faculty, Bates Center for Purposeful Work and other student organizations to develop programs to empower students to make informed decisions about law school and legal careers.  If you wish to join the Society and receive information from the listserv, please send a request to Anthony M. McGee, J.D. @ amcgee@bates.edu.

Bates College Moot Court Team

The newly established Bates Moot Court team will compete in the American Moot Court Association (“AMCA”) intercollegiate competition.   Members of the Moot Court team can sharpen their advocacy, public speaking and legal analysis skills. Also, some law schools offer Moot Court Scholarships.  If you would like to join the Moot Court team, please contact Anthony McGee, J.D. at amcgee@bates.edu

September 28, 2018 —  Colby, Bates & Bowdoin Law Day @ University of Maine School of Law  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This special afternoon program hosted by the University of Maine School of Law in Portland will introduce you to the profession of law and the details of law school.  You’ll attend a mini-class, hear from law school admissions deans, and meet Colby, Bates & Bowdoin alums in law school and working as lawyers. They have been in your shoes and want to help you decide whether this path could be a fit for you.  

October 2, 2018 — Grad & Professional School Fair — Gray Cage 11:00 am -1:30 pm

Each fall, over 80 graduate and professional schools come to campus. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to meet with admissions representatives to learn about the variety of programs offered, individual program admissions requirements and what distinguishes one program from another. Tip: Before the fair look at the list of attendees, the descriptions of the programs represented and click on the links below for suggested questions to ask representatives.

Questions To Ask At A Graduate School Fair

Questions To Ask At A Law School Fair

2018 LSAC Forum

November 12, 2018 — Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Law School Admission Council hosts a series of Law School Forums throughout the country. You can:

  • Attend up to 7 workshops that are not available anywhere else
  • Meet 1-on-with the law schools of your choice
  • Gain inside tips from a member of the LSAT test development staff-yes, a writer of the actual test!
  • Learn the steps you can take to begin financing your legal education today
  • Resolve all your application-process questions in one place
  • All of this and more, for free

The only requirement is that you must register in advance to attend the LSAC Forum.  Click on this link to register: https://www.lsac.org/lawschoolforums/

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