News and Upcoming Events

Law School Application Boot Camp for Seniors, Wednesday 9/28, Noon – 12:50 in Commons 211For 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, writing your personal statement, 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 the general information session on October 3. Please register on Handshake. If you cannot attend, but will be applying to law school this year, please contact Nancy Gibson, Bates prelaw advisor at Students are welcome to bring tray from Commons.

Bates, Bowdoin, Colby Law Day, Friday 9/30 2 – 5 pm @ University of Maine School of Law, 146 Deering Avenue, Portland. This special afternoon program hosted in Portland by Maine Law will address important questions you have about law school and the legal profession. You’ll attend a mini-class, hear from admissions deans from 3 law schools and meet Bates, Bowdoin and Colby alums who are law students and lawyers. Transportation to University of Maine School of Law, 146 Deering Avenue, Portland, is available if requested from BCDC by September 23. Please register on Handshake. All class years welcome.

What Do You Need to Know to Create a Successful Law School Application? Monday 10/3 @ 7-8 pm in Commons 211.Come learn what admissions officers really care about in the admissions process. Admissions officers Gregory Canada from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law and Alexis Cristo from Suffolk Law School will let you know how to wow the admissions committee. Come learn how to deal with any weaknesses in your record and what should you be doing right now. Students from all class years are invited for a presentation and discussion. Please register on Handshake under “Events”.

Graduate and Professional School Fair, Tuesday 10/4 11 am – 1:30 pm in Gray Cage. Refreshments provided. 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 suggested questions to ask representatives located on our website at

Navigating the LSAC Law School Application Site, Thursday 10/13, 12 – 12:50 Commons 211. Are you applying to law school this year? If so, you’ll need to learn how to navigate the LSAC law school application portal. In this workshop, you’ll walk through the site and learn how to enter your recommendation writer contact info, request recommendations, assign letters, request a transcript, and open the applications for the schools to which you will apply. We will also discuss fee waivers, retaking the LSAT and score cancellation. Bring your questions and your laptop. You do not need to have registered for the Credential Assembly Service in order to attend this workshop. Students are welcome to bring tray from Commons.

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 Nancy Gibson at if interested.

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