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 CLEO Blog - #Fun-n'-Sun w/CLEO
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May 1, 2012
  #Fun-n'-Sun w/CLEO

The ocean is calling . . . and so is your prelaw summer. . . You deserve to feel the warm sand between your toes! But, remember: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Law School!

Use your summer break to "break away from the crowd"! The summer is short, CLEO can help you maximize your Internships, LSAT exams, Summer Readings & Movies and networking at the regional ASAP programs.

Internships pay the bills & fill-out your resume: You can take that lifeguard position, but how is it going to improve your law school application?  At this point you need to build the skills that promote success in law school.  Internships and volunteer projects are the "real-life" demostration of your commitment to a legal education and legal careers

Don't get stuck looking in all the "old places" fighting your peers for boring internships.  Be creative in your search: law school clinics  and  law school summer programs  can be a model for building and measuring the value of your internship.  Read their descriptions and look for internships with similar tasks or goals.  Many of the prominent and paying internships in prelaw have deadlines in February and March.  A google search for prelaw summer programs will identify programs like American Bar Foundation Diversity Fellowship, Wake Forest School of Law pre-law program,  and the American Indian Law Center's Pre-Law Summer Institute. Try these links for current prelaw internships:

The June LSAT is the Mt. Everest of Prelaw Summer:  The June LSAT (Monday, June 11) is all uphill climb and nothing else compares to its demands on your time during the first 6 weeks of the summer semester.  You need to be ready, you need to pack your Test-Day Packet, and you need to know what to do when the dust settles and the crying/cheering is done. 

After the LSAT you have 21/2 months until the fall semester begins.  While you wait for your scores, you can:

CLEO's Achieving Success in the Application Process (ASAP) regional seminars teach you how to be a competitive applicant with direct support from law school admissions staff and prelaw advisors.  Apply for ASAP, today . . .

Feed and care for your prelaw soul:  You are going to need a break from time-to-time.  Bring your friends and family together (they'll keep you sane) and watch one of the American Bar Associations 25 Greatest Legal Movies, read articles in the preLaw Magazine, and stay connected with CLEO scholars on Facebook.

Law school and the application process are long and arduous.  It's important that you carve out time for a personal life and that you stay grounded in the real-world.  Good luck, and have a great summer!

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 05/01/2012 05:48 PM     Prelaw Advising  

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