News and Upcoming Events

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. The following law schools will attend:  American Universityn Boston College Law School, Boston University Law School, Brooklyn Law School, University of California – Irvine School of Law, University of California – Los Angeles School of Law, Cornell Law School, Columbia University Law School, Fordham University School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, University of New Hampshire Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Seton Hall University Law School, Suffolk University, Tulane University Law School, Vermont Law School.

Thursday October 8, 12-1:00 pm, Commons 211:  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.

Webinar: For Law School Applicants: Where Should I Apply To Law School?  Tuesday, Oct. 20, 8-9:15 am EST Which law schools can I get in to?  Will I qualify for any merit aid? Which schools are best for me if I want to work in California? Boston? Chicago? Back home in my small town?  Which are best for me if I want to do public interest work?  Do graduates of the law schools I’m looking at get good jobs?  Law School Transparency and the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors are sponsoring this webinar that will show you how to find solid answers to these questions – and will help you think about what other questions you should be asking when you’re ready to apply to law schools.     To Register:

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.

Boston Law School Forum:  meet with representatives of over 150 LSAC-member law schools. Students can obtain admission materials and financial aid information, and attend workshops that are not offered anywhere else. Admission is free.Thursday, October 29, Workshops Noon – 7 pm; meet with school reps 2-7  pm.  Renaissance Boston Waterfront, 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA  02210. Workshops include the law school application process; a discussion of issues of particular relevance to diverse applicants; roles of lawyers today; tips on taking the LSAT from the test developers; and a presentation on how to finance a legal education. You can find a list of scheduled times for the workshops online.

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.

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.

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