What is Legalease?

Legalease was started in November 1995 by two juniors, Emily Johnson and Caroline Harris, in response to Rice's lack of a prelaw organization. Its general purpose/function is to unite students interested in going to law school, as well to provide information concerning LSAT dates and deadlines, host speakers from a wide array of schools, courts, firms, and other organizations, and offer a collection of various applications, guides to law schools, and literature about legal internships.

Who is Legalease?

Mark Covey mcovey@owlnet.rice.edu Co-chair. phone: 630-8344
Lisa Hsieh unicorn@owlnet.rice.edu Co-chair
Rod Ganske rganske@owlnet.rice.edu Web Master: web page development and maintenance.
Don't worry; there are lots more of us!

Where is Legalease?

Mark maintains an email list for the members of Legalease. This is a wonderful way in which to stay informed of meetings, guest speakers, application and registration deadlines, and more. Email Mark to subscribe to this list. You can also email Legalease directly at legaleas@ruf.rice.edu for general information, and somebody will get back to you.

We have a space in the Career Services Center (upstairs in the Rice Memorial Center) with various publications, prospecti, applications, LSAT material, etc. We also hope to put some literature on reserve at Fondren Library, so check there as well.

Legalease Events

Legalease will be having an ice cream social this Thursday, September 10th from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the Kelley Lounge in the RMC. We will be discussing the activities for the coming year. Come and meet the other pre-law students at Rice!

Legalease Resources

Possible Upcoming Events

If you would like to help out with ideas email Mark.

A helpful note

Here's a brief message about law school provided by a current law student: "The hardest thing about law school is not the vocabulary (all you need to do is get a very good law dictionary like Black's (6th Ed.)) or the concepts (though some of them are quite hard and counter-intuitive). What busts the mosts brain cells is the application of those concepts to the facts of a case. Law schools almost universally use some form of the Socratic method which forces you to wade thorugh some very turgid and occasionally poorly written appellate decisions on your own and reason out how certain legal concepts were applied by judges who often times have agendas to push. In short, you need to be able to critically analyze argumentative prose. Precisely the sort of things analytically rigorous disciplines like philosophy (taking a formal logic class will also help you with the Analytical Reasoning section of the LSAT), linguistics, literary criticism, or history (when done right) can do. Government/poli-sci, and economics courses provide you with the broad background against which our legal system operates, and far more than vocabulary, gives one insight into the policy issues that underly judicial opinions. I think that's what surprised me most about judicial opinions: that while they worked within the constraints of precedent and statutory limitations, judges frequently jumped through hoops by stretching legal doctrines to acheive policy goals."

Activities of the Legalease Members

This section has nothing to do with club activities, but rather what our members are up to, on campus and beyond. If you have something to add, email legaleas@ruf.rice.edu.

Law related links

Rice University's Prelaw Site http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~acadadv/prelawdocuments.html Information from Patricia M. Bass, JD, PhD, the prelaw advisor at Rice University
Law School Admission Council Online http://www.lsac.org/ Includes LSAT information and registration forms
Yahoo's Guide to Law Schools http://www.yahoo.com/Law/Law_Schools/ Extensive list of links to law schools in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and more
Baylor Law School http://www.baylor.edu/baylor/Departments/acad/law/ Waco, TX (private)
University of Houston Law Center http://www.lawlib.uh.edu/ Houston, TX (public)
University of Texas at Austin http://www.utexas.edu/law/ Austin, TX (public)
A 1 stop Legal and Government Research Center http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/5011/ A chance to catch up on some research.
The Boston College Online Law School Locator http://www.bc.edu/bc_org /svp/carct/matrix.html Matrix of LSAT vs. GPA to figure out which school is good for you.
Internet Legal Resource Guide http://www.ilrg.com/schools.html A good general guide to everything

This page maintained by Rod Ganske.

Last updated 13 October 1998