Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Guest Blog: The October LSAT is just around the corner...

By Hank Layton

The October LSAT is Saturday. Hopefully if you are taking said exam, this is not a surprise.
Before you sit for what will likely be the most important test of your life (no pressure or anything), you’ll have to make it through these last few days. Here’s how you can do just that the smartest way possible:
Keep Taking LSAT Practice Tests, But Don’t Overdo It – At this point in your LSAT prep, you’re not going to learn anything new. You should be refining your skills. Don’t overdo it on PE’s this week. This week should be one of the more lax of the last couple months. Especially Friday, the day before the LSAT. Get away from the books and have a relaxing, headache-free day. Again, you’re not going to learn anything new at that point.
Make the LSAT Practice Tests Realistic – The more your practice tests mimic real testing conditions, the better you’ll do on LSAT test day. This means that you should take practice LSATs in a test-like environment, without eating or drinking or taking unnecessary breaks. Whenever possible, your LSAT practice tests should also be taken in the morning. If your practice feels like the real thing, then the real thing won’t feel like a big deal, and you’ll feel a lot less pressure. If you can simulate noisy LSAT proctors, by all means do. They’re sure to be there Saturday.
Regulate your Sleep – This isn’t exactly a study habit per se, but it’s very important. For the rest of the week, you should go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday. You want to be rested and refreshed Saturday morning, and that’ll be hard to do if you’re waking up a lot earlier than normal all of a sudden. Go to bed at, say, 10 p.m. every night, and wake up at, say, 7 a.m. each morning, or whenever you plan to wake up on LSAT test day.
Also, be sure to visit your LSAT testing center sometime this week so that you know the exact route to take and where to park. You don’t want to be one of the many students we hear from who miss out on the LSAT because they didn’t think ahead. And make sure you have all the test day materials required by LSAC.
You should know by know whether or not you’re ready for the October LSAT. For those who are ready, good luck. For those who aren’t, I guess we’ll see ya in December.

Hank Layton runs Most Strongly Supported — the LSAT and law school admissions blog for Blueprint LSAT Prep. For more info on the LSAT, visit Blueprint’s Free LSAT Help area.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Are Lawyers Happy: "A Law Firm Where Money Seemed Secondary"

As students considering entering the profession of law, it's difficult to refrain from imaging what life might be like if, someday, we were making millions of dollars. It surely doesn't help that as a student it's hard to find time to go food shopping and instead of enjoying 'Mad Men'-esque lunches of caviar and raw oysters, we generally snack on an instant bowl of couscous. Reporter James Steward, in his article, A Law Firm Where Money Seemed Secondary" directly challenges prospective lawyers, such as ourselves, to answer bold and difficult questions. Will I love working 26 hours a day? Will I enjoy coming to work among hundreds of nameless faces? Is this worth quitting my quartet, or soccer team, or my amateur poker club? Steward's article paints a bleak picture of the world of corporate law, showing few lawyers today who love their work. Do we agree with his portrayal?

Please read Steward's article here, curtsy of Professor Baulig.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New JMPLHS Executive Board elected for 2012-2013

In keeping with the drafting of new by-laws for the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society (JMPLHS) at F&M, elections were held on March 20th for the Executive Board positions of Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, Admissions Director, Events Director, and Public Relations Director. Members of JMPLHS had the chance to review statements of interest and to ask questions of the candidates before casting their votes and electing the following students:

Chair: Akbar Hossain '13
Secretary-Treasurer: Ian Cummings '14
Admissions Director: Amanda Duckworth '13
Events Director: Elizabeth Murray '13
Public Relations Director: Michelle Carroll '13

These students will work to enhance JMPLHS and the entire pre-law program at F&M during the upcoming academic year.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Legal Film Series concludes TONIGHT (3/21) with "To Kill a Mockingbird"

The Legal Film Series at F&M (sponsored by the Center for Liberal Arts & Society and the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society) concludes TONIGHT, March 21, with "To Kill a Mockingbird." The film will start at 7:30pm and will be showing in the Ware College House Great Room. Click here for more information.

Considered by many to be the best legal movie ever made, this film is based on the Pullitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. Gregory Peck won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Atticus Finch, a courageous small-town attorney who battles prejudice in the Depression-era south.

Greg Randall Lee, J.D., who teaches law at Widener University School of Law, will introduce the film and answer questions and talk to students.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Guest Post: An F&M alumnus' reflection

By Sean Quinn ’97, Trial Lawyer at Sheridan & Murray, LLC (Philadelphia)

Fifteen years ago this coming May, I graduated from Franklin & Marshall. I was 22 years old and I thought that I had it all figured out. My plan: go to law school, make law review, land a high-paying corporate law position at a big firm, play lots of golf, and make tons of money. Easier said than done, but what did I know….that was my plan.

I started law school that fall. I was a proud member of Penn State Law’s first class of students. I was prepared and ready to work hard to achieve the goals that I had set for myself. Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Property, Contracts, Torts, Research & Writing didn’t stand a chance. I was going to excel no matter what class they threw at me. I saw those classes as hurdles that I needed to clear before I could get to the corporate and business law classes that would spur my career as a big-time corporate lawyer.

Then a funny thing happened though, I found myself drawn to the litigation classes like Torts and Civil Procedure, and hating transactional law classes like Contracts and Property. I blamed it on my professors and was confident that my zeal for corporate and business law would return during the second semester. Well, that didn’t happen and it caused me to reflect on my plan and my future.

I realized, for the first time, that my plan was doomed. It became apparent to me that my plan was predicated solely upon potential earnings, and not my interests and talents. Litigation was where I was meant to be. I thought to myself: how did I not know this sooner?

My plan had changed, and I quickly refocused the direction of my education. I took every litigation and advocacy course available. I competed for moot court and was named captain of our national trial team. I worked tirelessly outside of the classroom as well clerking for a local law firm, interning for a civil trial judge, and externing for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.

I found my passion and calling in litigation. Over a decade later, I remain proud to be a trial lawyer.

If I could give you only one piece of advice as you move on to law school, it would be to do something that you are passionate about. It is the key to a successful career.

-Sean Quinn ‘97

Sean E. Quinn, Esquire
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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