Law school students have a reputation for burying their heads in their books, so we offer this weekly series, “The ‘Anti-Social’ Life,” to illustrate that they can enjoy a life of leisure as well.
The University of Pennsylvania Law School has its very own opera company—the Penn Law Light Opera Company—but do not be fooled by the name. No true opera is actually going on; instead, students are presenting musical theater productions. Around for more than 30 years, the Light Opera Company performs a well-known musical each year at the end of the spring semester. This April, the group will perform How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and in 2016, it presented The Wedding Singer. In an alumni profile on the Penn Law Web site, one 2009 graduate said, “It was an incredible moment to see law students come together to put on a great show, getting to see the hidden talents of my classmates, and selling out all our performances with the amazing support from the Law School community!”
Many JD applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a law school. However, the educational experience you will have is what is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor at a top law school. Today, we focus on Steven Lubet from the Northwestern University School of Law.
Steven Lubet is the Edna B. and Ednyfed H. Williams Memorial Professor of Law at the Northwestern University School of Law. He is also director of the renowned Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy and has authored numerous books and articles on legal ethics, legal history, criminal law, and litigation, including The Importance of Being Honest: How Lying, Secrecy, and Hypocrisy Collide with Truth in Law; Lawyers’ Poker: 52 Lessons That Lawyers Can Learn From Card Players; Murder in Tombstone: The Forgotten Trial of Wyatt Earp; and Nothing But the Truth: Why Trial Lawyers Don’t, Can’t, and Shouldn’t Have to Tell the Whole Truth. Lubet has also written humor and Op-Ed pieces for such publications as the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday. He teaches courses on legal ethics, trial advocacy, and narrative structures.
In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements every week. What is working well? What is not? If it were his/her essay, what would she change? Find out! To sign up for your Free Personal Statement Review by a jdMission Senior Consultant, click here!
Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate of the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work.
I don’t think I understood about being black. Everyone in my world just was. Of course there were white people and black people, but race and its complexities seemed to play out mostly on TV, in movies, in newspapers. But in my world, and let me try not to sound cliché, there were just deepening and lightening shades of people.
Mr. Siegel owned the bodega in Brooklyn where I had my first job stocking condiments and toilet paper. I understood why we kept that toilet paper but things like pickles and canned beets always confounded me. Here we had 400 square feet to keep on hand, important last-minute items. Somehow I could never imagine someone running into a late night canned beet emergency.
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Becoming a lawyer is not the only path you can take after graduating from law school. Every Monday, we bring you the story of a former lawyer or law student who has taken an unusual or unique career path.
Carol Moseley Braun, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, is an esteemed attorney who is most famous for breaking down gender and race barriers as a politician. Moseley Braun was the first African-American woman to ever be elected to the United States Senate. In addition, she was the first woman to defeat an incumbent senator in an election and the first female senator from Illinois. From 1999 to 2001, she was the United States Ambassador to New Zealand, and in 2010, she began a campaign to become mayor of Chicago—though she ultimately lost to Rahm Emanuel in 2011. Moseley Braun is also the founder of organic product company Ambassador Organics.
Established in 1999, the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), School of Law is a training and research center that prepares students to represent underserved communities and to be more effective advocates. The center fosters creative scholarship on issues of race, sex, and poverty, and it works with local communities to help educate the general public on such topics. The center bridges the gap between academia and the real world (as well as between theory and practice) in its efforts to find solutions to important social problems in the UC Berkeley area and throughout the nation. It offers a wide range of programs, including Ruth Chance Lectures, a biweekly luncheon speaker series in which prominent social justice practitioners deliver presentations on current issues and cases. The center also sponsors conferences and symposia, bringing together experts from around the country to explore strategies for social change. Symposia in recent years have explored such themes as “The New Prosperity Law: Expanding Opportunity and Reducing Inequality – 50 Years After the War on Poverty” and “Working for Change: Low-Wage Earners at the Tipping Point.”