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From “Briefing a Case?” To Successful Career

Author: Lauren Love

Audra Passinault, ’15 J.D.

Beginning law school can be intimidating. I did not come to Notre Dame Law School from a family of lawyers or with any prior law-related work experience. My undergraduate degree was in gender studies and I had never seen a casebook. On the first day of class, I was sure I was in over my head as I sat listening to other students talk about briefing cases, working in law firms, and something called a Bluebook. I was petrified that I did not have the skills necessary to succeed.…

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You Can Create Your Own Public Interest Dream Job at Notre Dame Law School

Author: Lauren Love

Katelynn McBride

Program Director, Public Interest & Chicago Initiatives

The law can be an incredible tool for change and Notre Dame students know it. In fact, Notre Dame students often make the choice to come here because they want to be “a different kind of lawyer.”
The problem is that it can be a challenge for a job seeker find an open job posting that would allow them to do what they always dreamed of doing – particularly for those interested in public-interest and pubic-service law. At Notre Dame, our students can do just that.…

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Sean B. Seymore, ’01 Ph.D., ’06 J.D., Joins Notre Dame Law School as Visiting Scholar

Author: Lauren Love

Notre Dame Law School will welcome Sean B. Seymore, ’01 Ph.D., ’06 J.D., and FedEx Research Professor of Law and Chancellor Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University, back to Eck Hall as a visiting scholar. Seymore will spend Monday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 26 focusing on intellectual property research.

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Peace Wager: ND Law Expert Assists with Negotiations in Colombia

Author: Lauren Love

Peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the country’s principal leftist guerrillas had come to a standstill yet again. One of the longest and bloodiest civil wars in modern history hung in the balance. A month earlier, the rebels had killed 11 soldiers at an army camp. The government retaliated, killing more than 20 guerrillas, who ended their unilateral ceasefire.

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Maximizing your potential as a lawyer

Author: Lauren Love

By Brendan Barber, 1L

Law school is about more than score and rankings. It is a community of individuals that will define you for life. When considering various law schools, I encourage you to examine the numbers, such as employment rates, tuition costs, and alumni geographic distributions. However, your ultimate decision should be based on fit.…

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The Loyal Alumni Network

Author: Lauren Love

By Claudia Tran, 2L

You always hear about the generosity and kindness of Notre Dame alumni, but you never really know it for yourself until it changes your life. As a first-year law student, the beginning is both overwhelming and exciting. The very first day of law school is the day you realize that all your dreams are finally attainable. My dream was to be a sports-law attorney and thanks to the support and help of Notre Dame alumni, last summer my dream came true.…

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Faculty Mourn the Loss of a Great U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Author: Lauren Love

“It would be difficult to overstate Justice Scalia’s impact on the law. His jurisprudence touched nearly every area of the Constitution, and he has profoundly influenced the way that lawyers think about questions of statutory and constitutional interpretation.

Tonight, however, those of us who knew the Justice mourn the loss of a mentor and friend. His brilliance and wit not only lit up a pen; they lit up a room. He was larger than life, and it is difficult to imagine life without him in it.…

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Demystifying Scholarships

Author: Lauren Love

Beyond the actual process of applying and admissions, the most popular area for questions from our prospective students – especially the admitted students! – is scholarship and financial aid opportunities. The manner in which you will finance your legal education is very important. Our staff has tried to answer some of the most popular questions on our Financial Aid FAQ

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Welcome Home! (And a Great Legal Career)

Author: Lauren Love

Dalton Patterson, ’15 J.D.

In July of 2015, I was at Notre Dame Law School doing some last-minute studying for the Illinois Bar Exam. I had returned home to Washington, D.C., for most of the summer, so I had not been back to NDLS since graduation in May. As I was trying to memorize the rules for adverse possession for perhaps the millionth time, I was approached by my first-year Constitutional law professor who warmly said “Welcome home.” I could not have agreed more.…

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Law Professor Attends White House Colombia Meeting Today, Applauds Continued U.S. Aid

Author: Lauren Love

President Barack Obama is hosting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House Thursday (Feb. 4) to discuss U.S. aid in Colombia’s historic peace deal. Notre Dame Law Professor Douglass Cassel, who played a crucial role in helping to negotiate the Colombian peace deal, will be in attendance at the White House event, followed by a small dinner with Santos tonight.

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ND Law Professors and Constitutional Law Scholars Discuss Constitutional Interpretation at London Roundtable

Author: Denise Wager

The Notre Dame Law School Program on Constitutional Structure is hosting a roundtable discussion on Friday, Feb. 5 at the Notre Dame London Law Centre. The roundtable will bring leading American constitutional law scholars with counterparts from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand for a thought-provoking discussion on Comparative Perspectives in Constitutional Interpretation.   

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Top 10 Things to Do in South Bend

Author: Lauren Love

By Lauren Fleck, assistant director of admissions

My husband and I moved to South Bend nearly three years ago after he received a promotion at work. I’ll spare you the gory details, but we learned about our move to South Bend on the very day movers were supposed to arrive to at our St. Louis apartment and pack all of our belongings for West Virginia. We boarded a plane for South Bend that very afternoon while rerouting the movers. As a habitual planner this was far outside of my comfort zone. I started in the Office of Admissions at Notre Dame Law School just a month after relocating to South Bend. As a native of St. Louis and a displaced Cardinals fan now living in Cubs country, I was surprised at how quickly we acclimated to our new life in South Bend.…

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