Whether you are thinking about applying to law school, started the application process, a recently admitted student or even a law student like us: there is a lot of Law School Jargon that you will want to become familiar with. On the Ladies Who Law School Podcast we are bound to say a few of these terms and we hope that if you are familiar with them it will paint a picture of what our law school lives are really like.
We all hate that inside joke we can’t be apart of, so the ladies are bringing you all in on the fun.
Here’s the low-down...
So you’re about to apply to law school?
LSAT- The Law School Admissions Test. This is a logic based test that has four different sections: logical reasoning, reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and an experimental section. The scores range from 120-180, with 180 being nearly perfect. #HarvardMaterial
Ways to study - What the ladies and their friends used:
LSAC - The Law School Admission Council. This is where you submit your applications, recommendation letters, etc. This is also where you register for the LSAT and where you can see the LSAT scores that schools typically accept.
Personal Statement - a short essay in which you articulate who you are and why you want to go to law school.
Recommendation Letters - a letter from an employer or professor that vouches for you and lets the admissions committee know why you would be a great asset to their law school.
Tort - a civil wrong that causes a claimant to suffer loss or harm, resulting in legal liability for the person who commits a tortious act
Civil Procedure a.k.a. Civ Pro - the rules and standards that courts follow when adjudicating civil lawsuits
Legal Research & Writing a.k.a. LRW→ A class focused on building legal writing, and research skills. Also the use of the Bluebook to learn how to properly cite.
Contracts - the area of law that governs making contracts, carrying them out and fashioning a fair remedy when there's a breach.
Property - the area of law that governs the various forms of ownership and tenancy in real property.
Criminal Law - the body of law that relates to crime. It proscribes conduct perceived as threatening, harmful, or otherwise endangering to the property, health, safety, and moral welfare of people inclusive of one's self.
A little more that you should know about:
0L - a student that is planning on attending law school
1L - First year law student
2L - Second year law student
3L - Third year law student
Cold Call - Being randomly called on in class to answer a question, using the socratic method.