Join us on 1/31 for "Is Law School Right for You?"
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Pre-Law News

January 2023

Happy New Year from the Tufts Pre-Law Program!
Greetings, Jumbos! We hope you've been having a wonderful winter break with plenty of opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. 
Keep reading for events, opportunities, and current news from the field. 
New Workshop: "Is Law School Right for You?"
Tuesday, January 31, 12 - 1 PM via Zoom -- RSVP in Handshake
As the Spring 2023 semester approaches and classes kick off, it’s also a great time to consider your future career options. Pre-Law Advisor Dovie King is excited to present a workshop entitled “Is Law School Right for You?”  All class years and alumni will benefit from this informational session meant to present the nuts and bolts of what to expect as a prospective law student. Registration is required, so please RSVP to secure your space. Questions? Contact Dovie King by email.
RSVP for "Is Law School Right for You?"
Schedule an Appointment with Dovie King
Are you interested in a career in law? Consider meeting one-on-one with Dovie King, Pre-Law Advisor, to discuss your individual career goals. Several appointment slots are currently available on Handshake. If you have specific questions or need guidance, she is a great resource to get you started on your journey.
Schedule an Appointment with Dovie via Handshake
The Uncertain Future of the LSAT
The legal profession is one of the least diverse of any profession despite efforts to make it more inclusive. The LSAT has long been criticized as a factor hindering diversity since standardized test scores for people of color are historically lower than for white applicants.
As a result, the American Bar Association voted in late 2022 to eliminate the mandatory use of the LSAT in law school admissions, though the rule change will not go into effect until the fall of 2025. What this means is that individual law schools will be left to decide whether to use the LSAT thereafter. While it’s too early to tell which direction law schools will decide to go, this is an important game changer that you’ll want to keep up with.
Top Law Schools Bowing Out of Ranking System
The U.S. News and World Report is a household name in terms of law school rankings, but several top law schools, including UC Berkeley, Yale, UCLA, Harvard, Georgetown, Columbia, and the University of Virginia recently vowed to no longer participate.
Reasons cited include the fact that rankings: 
  • penalize schools that help launch public interest careers
  • discount graduates pursuing advanced degrees, e.g., PhDs, when determining employment statistics
  • disadvantage law schools offering lower tuition rates in terms of how per pupil expenditures are reported. 
In short, 12 of the 14 top-rated law schools say they will no longer provide information used to determine rankings, making it ever more important for prospective applicants to consider a broad array of factors in choosing which law schools to apply to.
Pre-Law Opportunities
The application for the Summer 2023 TRIALS program is now open!
Application submission deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
TRIALS is a unique program that fully subsidizes a summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. Learn more about the TRIALS program and apply.

Announcing the Launchpad Scholars Program

The Yale Law School Launchpad Scholars Program is focused on increasing opportunity and equity in education and the legal profession. This innovative program aims to ensure that excellent applicants from all backgrounds maximize their potential as law students and legal professionals. Find out more about the Launchpad Scholars Program.

Several Jobs and Internships @ MIRA Boston in Immigrants’ Rights
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) was founded in 1987 to advocate for the rights of immigrants. Based in Boston, MIRA is currently recruiting summer 2023 interns and permanent job candidates for a wide array of positions. Interested? Check out these exciting opportunities here!
Tufts University Career Center
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Dowling Hall Suite 740
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