Lawyers Matter!
Lawyers Matter!
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NovembeR 2020

Lawyers Really Matter
It's a big day today in the United States, and you don't have to look far in news coverage to see lawyers playing key roles.  While we wait for the election to play out, diving deeper into your interest in law school is a good use of your energy.  
If you're interested in law and law school, you are not alone.  There has been a dramatic rise in law school applications so far this season -- with a particular increase in the volume of applicants with strong academic credentials (high GPAs and/or LSAT scores).  And many people -- including lots of well-prepared Jumbos -- have not yet submitted their applications. 

Some law schools are considering increasing class sizes a bit, while others are predicting their decisions will come more slowly as their staff carefully consider an unprecedented volume of applications.     

Law school opens doors -- and debt can close doors.  If you're considering law school, it's worth your time to think about how to pay for it.  There are loans available for US Citizens and eligible non-citizens -- but with loans comes the responsibility of paying them back, which is a burden that many young lawyers are anxious about, according to this new ABA report.  And, many law schools offer 'merit' scholarships for people whose academic credentials exceed most of their student body.  Make it part of your law school research to consider and understand both.  Tufts will be here to support you along the way. 
There are still a lot of events happening to help highlight the work you can do as a lawyer and prepare you for the application process-- some right here by the Tufts community, and many more nationally.
Finally, as you keep your eyes on your own goals and values, please look after yourself and your fellow Jumbos.  There are many ways to work for justice, and the world needs your talents. 
Upcoming Conferences, Programs, Jobs & More


Is Law School In Your Future? 

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm - 8:00 PM ET

If you're considering law school, but aren't planning to apply this year, this event is for you.  You'll learn about the resources that Tufts offers to support you through -- and beyond -- your time as a student.  We'll discuss courses and majors, internships, work options for people interested in government, law, justice, and advocacy, the path to law school, and alternative paths that may interest you.  Meet the Tufts Career Center's advisors, and bring your questions.  
Find the event in Handshake here;  or click the Zoom link to log in.  
A Case For The American People With Norman Eisen: The People vs. Donald Trump 

Monday, November 9, 6:00pm ET

Join Tisch College for a conversation with retired U.S. Ambassador, Norman Eisen, about his new book A Case for the American People. A senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute and a globally recognized authority on law, ethics, and anti-corruption, Eisen served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee for the impeachment and trial of President Trump from 2019 - 2020. A Case for the American People chronicles Eisen’s experience during the entire impeachment process. Previously, Eisen served in the White House from 2009 - 2011 as special counsel and special assistant to the president for ethics and government reform, and he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 - 2014.
Sponsored by the Pre-Law Society, the Political Science, Tisch College, JumboVote, and the Fletcher School, this will be an engaging hour reflecting on governance.

Law Admission Workshop Series (L.A.W.S.) 

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm ET

If you're planning to apply in this year's cycle, this event is for you.  Join admissions deans and directors from 8 of the top 14 ranked law schools for a panel all about the law school admission process.  This Zoom event will help applicants understand what matters, what is less important, and how to spend their application time to make the best impression.  

Law School Admissions Panel: Georgetown, USC, BC, and Florida Law
Wednesday, November 11, 5:00pm ET

Join admissions representatives from four law schools popular with Jumbos, and learn what they're seeing, thinking, and deciding as COVID-19 changes the way law schools admit applicants.  This event is exclusively for students from Boston colleges and universities, and will be a good opportunity to ask questions or get a feel for the opinions and decision process of law school admission folks.  Click here to register. 
Tufts Lawyers Association: Navigating Change

Monday, November 19, 5:00 - 6:00 Eastern Time
One of the best things you can do if you are considering law school is this: talk to lawyers!  And even more importantly: Listen to lawyers!  Luckily for you, the Tufts Lawyers Association is an active alumni group who are happy to help students.  Look for more activity and information about this group in the spring semester. 
The next opportunity for you to connect with the Tufts Lawyers Association is at this upcoming virtual event, which will be a fascinating conversation among practicing lawyers. Please join fellow Tufts lawyers Amii Barnard-Bahn, J89, and Ken Priore, A91, as they discuss how change can impact career journey, leadership, prioritization and decision making and how to shift mindset to manage change more effectively.  Amii and Ken will engage in a 30 minute fireside chat on their own observations and experience with managing change throughout their legal careers.  This will be followed by Q&A session and an opportunity for members of the Tufts community to share their own experiences. This event is geared towards Tufts lawyers/law students but is open to all students, alumni, parents and friends.

To learn more and register, click here.

The 16th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair

The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is the nation's premier information-sharing and networking event for aspiring Black lawyers! Join us as we celebrate 16 consecutive years! To learn more and register, click here.
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