Recruitment travel season has come to a close, and while our travel team loved getting out all across the country to meet prospective students I know I speak for all of us when I say we are happy to be home at California Western.
We in the admissions office are therefore thankful to be home in San Diego, thankful to have met so many interesting prospective students across the country, and thankful for the pumpkin cheesecake that met its demise in our office this morning to celebrate the start of our long Thanksgiving weekend.
However…I also wanted to highlight some of the things that the broader CWSL community are thankful for here on campus. Here in the office we’ve been producing a series of webinars covering a variety of topics we believe would be of interest to prospective CWSL students. In the live webinars, students can listen in as we conduct our discussion and participate themselves by submitting questions to the speakers. These webinars have touched on everything from CWSL Clinics and Internships to our Yellow Ribbon Program to our Spring Start and Career Services Resources and so much more. Our students as well as faculty and the greater legal community are thankful these programs exist because they have been proven to produce graduates who are practice ready, who have had rewarding academic experiences in law school, and who have been able to find careers that they enjoy and excel in. Let’s see a round up of all these awesome programs, presented in webinar form below!
Click on a link to listen to that webinar and learn more about what we are thankful for here at CWSL:
The basics first – Why Law School, The Application Process, and Why CWSL?
To start in this whole law school journey, you have to decide to go! Listen here to find out why our students decided to jump into the legal field:
Now you’ve decided you want to go to law school, but first you need to apply. We sat down with Assistant Dean of Admissions Traci Howard as well as other admissions representatives to discuss tactics and tips for building the most competitive application you can, as well as common mistakes and how those are easily avoided:
Once you apply and decide to take the plunge, you need to decide where to…well…plunge! Listen here to why a group of our current students chose CWSL to begin their legal careers:
Our Scholarship Programs and Financial Aid Programs – Scholarships for Competitive Candidates and Law School for Veterans
California Western sports a robust scholarship program, the purpose of which is to attract the most competitive candidates for law school that we can. In this webinar we spoke with Shawnessy Negrotto in the admissions office as well as current and alumni scholarship students from CWSL to hear about what makes you a candidate for scholarship offers, and how being a scholarship student at CWSL can open even more doors for you in the long run.
San Diego is a major military town, and it goes without saying that we are most thankful for the sacrifice of our veterans and members of military families. CWSL tries to acknowledge and thank our veterans and their families by participating 100% in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Listen here as we discuss that and many other financial aid topics with our Assistant Director of Financial Aid as well as a current student and veteran of the U.S. Navy.
When Should I Start Law School? Perhaps the Spring!
We at CWSL as well as our students are thankful that admitted students have the option of starting law school in either the Fall or the Spring. Listen to this webinar to learn more about the student experience in our Spring Start Program:
California Western’s Preparation for Practice and Job Search Resources
Finally (for today, anyway!) we are thankful for the multitude of clinics, internships and practicum courses offered at CWSL. For this webinar we met with Associate Dean of Experiential Learning Linda Morton to discuss the wide array of clinical programs, internships, our STEPPs program and practicums. We also included input from current and former students who took part in many of these programs to learn about their experiences and how important it is to come to school where you are truly prepared to practice:
California Western sports a phenomenal Career Services Office with a fine array of resources available to both students and alumni. We had a conversation with Matt Lab from Career Services as well as a current student and a recent alum, Agustin Pena, who just landed a job at the San Diego County District Attorney’s office. Hear all about how our students are developing their professional networks during school and putting them to work after graduation:
We hope everyone out there has a fantastic Thanksgiving. We’re giving thanks for the health and happiness of our friends and family, for the great programs CWSL has to offer and for passing the bar (yay!)