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.  Last spring, Bates students were able to shadow some student attorneys and their clients through the hearing process. Contact Nancy Gibson at if interested.

Friday September 25, 2015:  Join students from Bowdoin and Colby as we travel to the University of Maine School of Law in Portland for an admissions insider view with representatives from 2 Boston law schools and the University of Maine. Experience a mock law school class and hear from Bates alumni at Maine Law. Reception to follow. Transportation provided. Register in advance on Handshake.

Monday October 5, 2015, 8-9 pm, Commons 221:  Law School Mock Admissions Panel. Ever wonder what goes on in a law school admissions committee meeting? Now is your chance to learn first hand what admissions officers look for in applicants–who gets in, who doesn’t and why? Come with your questions and be prepared to improve your chances for admission to the law school of your choice. Katherine Valasek from Seton Hall Law School and David Weinberg from Tulane University School of Law will share information applicable to the admissions process at all law schools.

Don’t miss our annual Graduate and Professional School Fair, Tuesday, October 6 11:00 am – 1:30 pm in Gray Cage! All class year’s welcome to attend. It’s a great way to meet law school admissions officers from across the country and find out more about law school.

Thursday October 8, 12-1:00 pm, TBA:  Law School Application Boot Camp. For those applying to law school this fall: we’ll cover important information you’ll need in order to apply. How to navigate the LSAC online application process; the difference between a Letter of Recommendation and an Evaluation and whether to write an addendum are just some of the many topics you’ll learn about. Recommended for current applicants only. If you are not ready to apply, but are considering doing so, please come to Thinking About Law School on December 3. Register on Handshake.

Legal Careers: Criminal Prosecution, Tuesday October 27, 4-5 pm Commons 211. Criminal prosecutor Lisa Marchese is Chief of the Maine Attorney General’s Criminal Division. In her career she has prosecuted some of Maine’s high profile murder cases. She will speak about her cases, and the different types of careers involved in the criminal justice system.

December 3, 2015, Thinking About Law School? 4-5 pm, TBA.

Is law school for you? Should you go right to law school or work for a while beforehand? What do law schools look for when evaluating applicants? What is the current employement outlook for lawyers? What’s new in admission trends? Is a legal education worth the price? These topics and more will be covered in this introductory session.

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