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.
|Mark Coveyemail@example.com||Co-chair. phone: 630-8344|
|Rod Ganskefirstname.lastname@example.org||Web Master: web page development and maintenance.|
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 email@example.com 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.
If you would like to help out with ideas email Mark.
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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