October 2, 2003
By Melissa Soria
Reprinted with permission from the Daily Vidette.
Students wishing to attend law school after college will now have a place to go to obtain information and advice about the application process. The grand opening ceremony of the new Pre-Law Advisement Center will take place on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in room 528A at Milner Library. The center will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Along with Robert Bradley, director of the center and pre-law adviser, Carl Kasten, chairman of the Board of Trustees, also will be attending the ceremony.
"Basically, the demand for this was pretty high," Bradley said. "Every year we have 150 to 200 students take the LSAT."
In addition to assisting students with the LSAT, the center will help students with the law school admission process, application procedure, financial aid assistance and academic advisement. Also, the Pre-Law Advisement Center will provide numerous information about the 180 law schools in the county, Bradley said. Along with brochures from these law schools, the center will also have videotape tours of law schools and pre-law magazines, he said. And everything available in the center is free, Bradley added.
Bradley said the center is open not only for students but ISU alumni as well. This center is available for any major, he said. The Pre-Law Center will be staffed by three students who have an interest and are knowledgeable about law, Bradley said. He said the Pre-Law Advisement Center will be open for 25 hours a week, and the hours will be posted up on the door.
"We are going to make sure it's open every day for part of the day," Bradley said.
He said that some problems students have with applying to law school is that they don't talk to a pre-law adviser, apply to the wrong law schools in regards to their LSAT score or have no idea what they are doing when they take the LSAT. Bradley said students wanting to attend law school should take writing, economic, logic courses and classes that require students to read court opinions. He said that because law school applicants have drastically increased, students should apply at law schools early and take the LSAT in October of their last year of college if they plan on attending law school in the fall.
Bradley said the center will not be permanently located at Milner Library. After the Schroeder renovation, the center will be located there, he said. Bradley said he is hoping for a good turn out at the grand opening ceremony. He added that the ceremony will also include refreshments and a raffle.