News and Upcoming Events

Prelaw meeting for Juniors and Seniors applying next year: This information meeting is for current juniors and seniors who are thinking about taking the June or September LSAT and applying to law school during the 2017-18 application cycle. Please attend this meeting to: – discuss an affordable on-campus group LSAT test prep option -learn what you should be doing between now and the time you apply in the fall to prepare the strongest possible application –come away with a step-by-step timeline and a clear understanding of strategy and process. Wednesday, March 1, 12:10-12:50 pm,  113 Roger Williams Hall. Please register on Handshake.

A Career in Advocacy and Non-Profit Work: Jamal Smith ’03 is an alum who makes things happen! He graduated with a BA in Political Science and earned his law degree at Howard University in Washington, DC. He’s held various key positions in state, local and national political campaigns including serving as Deputy Director of Operations in Pennsylvania for Hillary for America. He now works with Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Please join him for an informal conversation around the rewards and challenges of a career in advocacy and non-profit work. Monday, March 13, 12:10-12:50 pm, Commons 226. Please bring your tray from Commons and Register on Handshake for this event.

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 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 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 for information.

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