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Charlotte School of Law – November 2012


Charlotte School of Law – November 2012

By Karen Son

On November 26, 2012, Career Services hosted the West Coast Law School Consortium, inviting over twenty five law schools to BYU-Hawaii campus. Representatives from each school set up tables in the Aloha Center from 11am to 2pm, offering advice and information about their respective law schools to students. Charlotte School of Law’s admissions manager Melanie Cronin graciously offered an additional portion of her time by addressing our BYUH Pre-Law Society with a special information session. BYUH Pre-Law Society members and other students interested in law schools attended and had a chance to ask questions regarding admissions, the application process, and law school life. The following is a summary of the session. The Charlotte School of Law is a relatively new school. What are some things that the school is known for? Charlotte School of Law hosts a student body that represents a wide range of diversity. We prefer diversity in ethnicity, life experience, and majors. We feel that the greater our diversity on campus, the better we can serve a diverse range of people off campus. When students represent themselves well and assure us that they are going to make a difference in the world, we admit them. Since we do not prefer degrees in specific majors, we advise applicants to choose the major that they will most enjoy. We also encourage students to become actively involved in different kinds of activities outside the classroom to build character and experiences that will differentiate them from other applicants. Other than test scores, what do admissions committees look for when sifting through applications? One of the most important documents that applicants must focus their attention on is the personal statement. It is important because it reveals details and information about the applicant that the rest of the applications does not say. It identifies what motivated the student to apply for law school, what inspired them, and whether they are going to represent the school well afterwards. It is crucial to have someone else proofread the personal statement and check grammatical errors before submitting it. Make it the best essay you’ve ever written. Some people with law degrees do not become lawyers but enter other professions. What are some of these other options? A number of graduates of Charlotte School of Law work in fields of the business world. Because the Juris Doctor (JD) degree trains students how to avoid and solve problems, CEOs today value employees who have a law degree. State and federal governments also provide different types of positions to people with law degrees. What really matters in the end is passion. Are you passionate about the work for which you are applying? Is it something in which you will enjoy working? There are a lot of options and a law degree can open doors to many different fields. Can international students also receive scholarships from school? Yes. International students and US students have an equal chance of receiving scholarships. Can you explain more about how law schools and licensing work? What most law schools teach is generic legal materials which include majority and minority rules. The first few years of law schools will teach basic courses that vary relatively little from school to school. Specific state laws are taught in professional courses that most students take after graduating from a law school. Licensing involves a long process that requires applicants to answer numerous questions regarding physical health, personal information, their background, and so forth. Start taking care of your physical health now and be completely open and honest about character and fitness issues when reporting them in the application. Law schools do not want to admit students who are incapable of sitting through the BAR which is required to take in every state. However, every state has different process and rules of licensing. Be familiar with particular process used by the state in which you plan to work. Should I attend law school in the state in which I intend to practice law in the future? There are some advantages and disadvantages. However, I recommend finding a law school where you can be successful and that you can enjoy. As mentioned earlier law schools generally offer similar basic courses in a similar format. The difference appears in the opportunities that the different schools provide to students. Look for schools that offer valuable opportunities such as hands on experience, clinics, externships, and internships. Many applicants seek admission to well-known schools regardless of their own actual interests. There are more important things to consider such as how well do you fit and how much will you enjoy the school, teachers, and other students. Pick a school where you can and will do well. For more information about the Charlotte School of Law visit CharlotteLaw.edu or call 704-971-8540.