Pre-Law Newsletter

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USC Dornsife

Pre-Law Newsletter

January 28, 2014


Pre-Law Advising Hours

Pre-Law Advisors are available to meet with you on an appointment basis. Walk-ins are also available Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9am to 1pm.

Appointments:  Available Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.  Please call the CAS Front Desk (213.740.2534) to schedule an appointment with an advisor or email to meet with a current USC Law student.

Law student advisors are available on a walk-in basis Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm and Wednesday mornings from 10am to 1pm.

* Please note personal statements are not reviewed during appointments.  For personal statment review, please email  It will take a minimum of 72 hours from the confirmation you receive from your reviewer for feedback on your personal statement.

New Blog Post: Read about how to navigate the Law School Waitlist:

Mark your calendars for…

  • First Pre-Law Society Meeting – TONIGHT at 6:30pm
  • Is Law School for Me? – 2/5 at 5pm
  • Opportunities to Enhance your Law School Application – 2/11 at 5pm
  • Los Angeles Law School Fair – 2/15 at 10am

Scroll down for all the details!

First Pre-Law Society Meeting of the Year

Join us for helpful tips, info and advice about law school.

Special guest Princeton Review!

Date: TONIGHT, Tues., Weds. 28 at 6:30pm

Location: VKC 205

Is Law School for Me?

Are you thinking about law school? This is a huge life-altering decision which requires a lot of analysis.

Learn how to decide what your future goals are and whether law school is the right fit for you.

Food and drinks will be served!

Date: Weds., Feb. 5 at 5pm

Location: Leavey Auditorium

Please RSVP at the following link by Feb. 4:

Opportunities to Enhance your Law School Application

Come listen to numerous ways you can make your law school application stand out by participating in opportunities right here at USC.

Our speakers will help you discover how to take advantage of chances to study abroad, conduct research, volunteer, and participate in organizations that will strengthen your application.

Refreshments will be served!

Date: Tues., Feb. 11 at 5pm

Location: Student Union Trojan Presentation Room

Please RSVP at the following link by Feb. 10:

Los Angeles Law School Fair

The West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools invites you to attend the Los Angeles Law School Fair.

Interested in going to law school? Meet law school representatives in Los Angeles. Ask questions about admissions & financial aid.

Admission is free!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

10:00am — 2:00pm

Location: University of Southern California

University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90089

USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Grand Ballroom

Parking: Available for $10 in Parking Structure X.

Enter at Gate 3

(Figueroa Street and USC McCarthy Way).

RSVP: Online at Applicant/Prospective Applicants & sign up for the WCC Los Angeles Law School Fair.

RSVP by phone at (213) 736-8134.

Sign up by Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2014 ABA Scholarship

The American Bar Assocation Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity would like to spread the word regarding their 2014 ABA Scholarship Opportunity.

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.

Please visit the website below to learn more!

Job Opportunities at USC Gould School of Law Legal Clinics

The USC Gould School of Law Legal Clinics are staffed by law school students who are supervised by professors and provide free legal services. The Post-Conviction Justice Project and Immigration Clinic are looking for three highly motivated undergraduate students who are interested in working with a diverse group of clients who have faced adversity.  

Preference is given to Spanish Speakers who are freshmen or sophomores and have work-study as well as access to and ability to drive.

Below is a brief description of the available positions outlining the primary responsibilities for each clinic. 

Post-Conviction Justice Project Undergraduate Interns:

Assist with administrative duties including, but not limited to, ordering supplies, organizing office space, and scanning documents. Interns will also be responsible for answering phone calls, taking messages and assisting law students and supervisors with preparing exhibits, proofreading pleadings, trial documents, and other administrative duties.

Two positions available

Immigration Clinic Undergraduate Intern:

Assist with Spanish translations during meetings in person and over the phone as well as newspaper articles. Candidates should have a flexible schedule in order to accommodate visits to detention facilities with law school students. Intern will also be responsible for answering phone calls and taking messages, and assisting law students and supervisors with preparing exhibits, proofreading pleadings, trial documents, and other administrative duties.

One position available

Interested students should forward their resume and brief cover letter to

Western Regional Pre-Law Convention

The Western Regional Black Law Student Association (WRBLSA) invites you to attend the Pre-Law panel at the Western Regional Convention in Sacramento on Saturday January 18, 2014, from 10:45 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.  The pre-law panel will be comprised of recruiters from California Western, Loyola Los Angeles, Seattle University, McGeorge, and other law schools in the area.

They will be discussing admissions essays, the LSAT, finding legal mentors and more.  This would be a great opportunity for you to receive more information on the law school process and network with law students and practicing attorneys.

This event is free of charge; however, if you want to attend more of the convention, you can purchase a Gala ticket for $200 or a table at the Gala for $1300.  The Gala is an awards ceremony, which recognizes various students for their contributions to the black law student association and is the culmination of the convention.  During the awards ceremony, dinner will be served followed by Eva Paterson of the Equal Justice Society.  As the president and founder of the Equal Justice Society, Ms. Paterson has campaigned for civil rights with passion, courage and tenacity for more than three decades.  The Equal Justice Society is a national organization that is dedicated to changing the law through progressive legal theory, public policy, and practice.

Even if you are unable to attend the Gala, we very much look forward to your attendance at the prelaw panel.  To register, please RSVP to the email address below.  For more information or if you have any questions, please contact: Alisha Trotter at

2014 Summer for Undergraduates Program

Florida State University is accepting applications for its  2014 Summer for Undergraduates Program.  The Summer Program, which will be hosted May 19-June 12, 2014 on Florida State University College of Law’s campus, is an intensive, four-week program that gives students an “inside look” at law school and the legal profession to help them decide whether law is a wise choice for their professional careers.

To learn how to apply, visit the website at

Cornell University Prelaw Program in NYC

If you’re thinking about becoming a lawyer—or simply want to know more about the law and how it affects our everyday lives—you’re invited to be a part of the Cornell University Prelaw Program.

This intensive, six-week program taught in New York City is directed by C. Evan Stewart, one of America’s most distinguished lawyers. The program runs from June 2-July 11, 2014.

To learn how to apply, visit the website at


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