University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science

 

Public Law Newsletter (PDF) Issue 3, June 2011

Latest issue of "preLaw" now available

Copies can be found on the Pre-Law Bulletin Board in the Political Science Department/5th Floor Old Mill Building.

Special page features (below):

Pre-Law at UVM

Pre-law advisors

Dr. Lisa Holmes
Old Mill 540
Phone: 802.656.4475
Email: Lisa.M.Holmes@uvm.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday - 2:30-4:00
Or By Appointment

Dr. Alec Ewald
Old Mill 514
Phone: 802.656.0263
Email: Alec.Ewald@uvm.edu
Office Hours: By Appointment

Dr. Ellen Andersen
Old Mill 539
Phone: 802.656.4054
Email: Ellen.Andersen@uvm.edu
Office Hours: On Sabbatical - AY 2014-2015

UVM Career Services Resource
Kala Gillim, Career Counselor and Pre-Law Advisor
Living and Learning E Building
Phone: 802-656-3450
Email: kala.gillim@uvm.edu

Mock Trial Team

UVM Mock Trial Teams meet between two and three times per week as individual teams, as well as once a week with the entire program. Meetings with individual teams start out forming a case theory and writing examinations. As the season progresses, examinations are continually edited, and case theory evolves. Witnesses develop character for the roles they play, and play an integral role in writing their examinations. Teams will attend three or four private invitational tournaments, and a AMTA Regional Tournament. Tournaments are a great opportunity to improve mock trial skills.

The Department of Political Science at the University of Vermont offers pre-law advising to all departmental majors and minors. While there is no pre-law major or certificate program, the Department's pre-law initiative is available to help students in the following areas:

  • helping students decide whether they wish to pursue a legal career;
  • academic preparation for law school, including guidance on course selection and developing faculty mentoring relationships;
  • professional preparation for law school, including helping students secure employment or internships in law offices, so as to expose students to the day-to-day lives of lawyers;
  • locating sources for training to take the Law School Admissions Test;
  • exploring alternatives to law school for students who are interested in the study of law, but not interested in becoming practicing attorneys.

Events

None at this time.

Resources

FAQS...or, "So you want to go to law school?"

  • "I'm thinking about going to law school...should I?"
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  • "Why wouldn't I go to law school if I'm interested in Law?"
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  • "Should I apply to law school based on the city in which I want to practice?"
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  • "What courses will I take in law school?"
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  • "What are law school classes like?"
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  • "How are my grades determined?"
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  • "What is a clinical program, and should I pursue one at law school?"
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  • "How do Law students get jobs?"
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  • "What should I do with my summer 'vacation' while I'm in law school?"
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  • "Why is Vermont Law School 70 miles away from here?"
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Jobs

Working in a law office, and observing the day-to-day professional lives of practicing attorneys, should be considered a NECESSARY part of the process of deciding whether or not to go to law school.

Links

Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
Clearinghouse for law school application process, including general information about the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

ILRG index to law school rankings Internet Legal Research Group's sortable tabulation of law school data, ranked by applicants' GPA and LSAT score, acceptance rate, student/faculty ratio, placement and bar passage rates.

U.S. News Complete Guide To Law Schools
Merit rank of the top 100 law schools, as well as third- and fourth-tier schools. Also lists top three law schools for several specializations, such as Environmental Law, Tax, Intellectual Property, e.g. NOTE: only some information is available free; more comprehensive data is made available for an annual fee.

Student Lawyer Magazine: Blogs
Article from the American Bar Association's magazine Student Lawyer, on the upsurge in legal weblogs produced by law professors and law students. Contains links to several law student "blawgs" chronicling law school life.

Findlaw
Source for court opinions and statutes, as well as legal news. Searchable and customizable.

Jurist
Excellent site for legal news and research...also features commentary from law professors about legal issues in current events.

Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe
Leading online engine for legal research (cases, statutes, law journals), as well as for newspaper and magazine articles. Accessible without a password from any computer connected to the UVM network (password needed for off-campus access).

Legal Information Institute
Similar to FindLaw, a good source for cases and statutes; also contains a guide to basic legal citation.

Famous Trials
Compilation of accounts and primary resources from dozens of famous trials throughout history, from Socrates to Sacco and Vanzetti to O.J. Simpson. Operated by Professor Douglas Linder, of University of Missouri - Kansas City Law School.

SCOTUSBLOG
A legal blog sponsored by Bloomberg Law with commentary about the U.S. Supreme Court written by lawyers and law students.

OYEZ
Collection of selected audio recordings of oral arguments before the Supreme Court. Sorted by subject, and searchable. Covers contemporary and historical cases.

Law And Politics Book Review
Collections of reviews of recently-published books on law and politics; great source for keeping abreast of contemporary scholarship in the field.

 

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