2021: A Good Year To Explore Law
2021: A Good Year To Explore Law
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Pre-Law News

February 2021

What Will You Accomplish in 2021? 
Is 2021 the year you'll enter law school?  For many Jumbos I've gotten to know, the answer is yes! For others, 2021 is the year you'll apply to law school.  And for still others, 2021 will be a year to explore more deeply the question of what problems you want to tackle in your professional life -- and whether law is the right fit for you. Tufts can help with each of these decision points.  I hope to have the chance to be useful to you along the way.
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Law Day on the Hill 

Thursday, March 4, 2021  6:00 - 7:30 PM Eastern

The Tufts Lawyers Association is once again sponsoring an event (the 19th annual!) to bring together students and alumni for networking and deep conversation.  This year's topic is: Choosing Your Legal Career Path: Healthcare and Biotechnology, and features attorney panelists whose work touches topics that matter to all of us!
Don't miss the chance to learn from accomplished attorney alumni, who will share candid advice and experiences.  You'll also have the opportunity to network with, build relationships, and ask questions of alumni in a variety of roles within the legal profession.  Because this is virtual, it will be a chance to meet people from all over the country and perhaps the globe.  

Opportunities for Applicants from Underrepresented Groups

Law is still the least diverse profession, and a number of law schools, pre-law advisor groups, bar associations, and other entities are deepening their commitment to change this.  There are a number of events and programs aimed at providing practical support for applicants from underrepresented groups.  I'm highlighting some upcoming programs here.  Although some groups have regional organizers, all are virtual, and their organizers hope to reach a broad audience.  Look beyond the name and consider signing up to get useful advice and actionable tips.      
February 13th: North Carolina Diversity Day (9 AM - 1:00 PM ET).  Register here 
February 18th 6:00-8:00 PM: DiscoverLaw -- an exploration event for freshmen and sophomores. Sign up here
February 25th 5:00 - 8:00 PM: SAPLA Diversity Law Symposium. Includes preparing for law school and financing law school panels, plus inspiration and Q & A events. Register here. 
March 6 9:00 - 5:00 PM: Illinios Latinx Law Student Association Forum. Learn more and register for the event here.
March 15: Applications open for LexScholars, a test prep and application support program for black and Latinx applicants.  Learn more about the program here

How Will You Pay For Law School?  How Much Debt Is Too Much? 

Money might not be your driving motivation for law school (and if it is, that's ok too), but you'll need to contend with tuition, living expenses, and a plan for your future.  That will require you to make decisions about money.  It's a good idea to get reliable information to give you confidence in these decisions.    
The most credible nonprofit organization helping applicants, law students, and lawyers understand and manage debt is AccessLex Institute.  They have an excellent webinar series that includes an overview of law school financial aid, a deep dive into loan repayment and federal loan forgiveness, and topics like budgeting.  I strongly recommend them.   
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