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Meet the School of Law’s President Medallion recipient: Maggie Condit

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Maggie Condit blends academics and service like few others.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, a master’s degree in education from Loyola and now, as a law student, is currently ranked 24th in her class. Condit, who taught for four years at a Catholic elementary school before entering law school, serves as one of the student articles editors of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and also volunteers to help area children and families.

Here, she talks about her love of Loyola, what service work means to her, and how she’ll miss “studying” at the city’s beaches and downtown parks.

What’s your favorite Loyola memory?
Participating in Associate Dean Michael Kaufman’s annual Kugel Classic Fun Run and Brunch at his home in the suburbs. Enjoying the beautiful fall weather, eating a delicious brunch, and spending time with the Loyola community is hard to beat. This memory is one of many that shows that Loyola is all about community, friendship, and family.

Talk a little about a professor or mentor who inspired you.
Judge Mary Anne Mason, a Loyola alum who truly lives out the Jesuit virtues, has been a huge inspiration to me. During my externship with Judge Mason, I learned about her brilliance, dedication, and humility. She feeds the hungry at a homeless shelter on a regular basis and takes time to work with her externs to help improve their writing—all while serving in a powerful position on the Illinois Appellate Court.

Tell us about your volunteer/service work and what it means to you.
I had three amazing service experiences during my time at Loyola. I enjoyed volunteering at Equip for Equality because meeting and helping families facing the legal issues we were learning in class made the coursework come alive. Next, advocating for children and families in Loyola’s ChildLaw Center was so rewarding and exciting. Finally, it was a blessing to pray with and serve with fellow students and attorneys who live out their Catholic faith through their legal professions through the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

Any advice you would give students about how to get the most out of their education?
Meet with your professors, ask a lot of questions, and participate in class—even if you are not 100 percent sure of the answer. I always got so much more out of class when I was actively engaged and not distracted by other things. Plus, the professors appreciate and notice students who are motivated and interested. Oh, and definitely study abroad.

Any spots on campus or in Chicago that you’ll miss?
I have been lucky to spend two years at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus for my master’s degree in education and three years at the Water Tower Campus for law school—and both are spectacular. I will definitely miss studying in the parks downtown and at the beach up north (although not too much studying went on in such beautiful and fun places).

And finally, what do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
I hope that in 10 years, and in every year, I am making a difference, big or small, in someone’s life. Additionally, I hope to become an expert in a particular legal field so I can merge my love of teaching with the law by teaching and helping to shape the next generation of lawyers.

Please find the original article here.

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

This post is coming to you in between events in Utah. Our 2015-2016 Recruitment Calendar will keep you up to date of the events Loyola University Chicago School of Law will be attending through November. Check out what is on our agenda next week below.

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Atlanta University Center (AUC) Consortium Law School Fair
October 26, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Clark Atlanta UMulti-Purpose Room
Student Center
223 James P Brawley Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate & Law School Fair
October 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Boston LSAC Forum, Table #202
Thursday, October 29
2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Renaissance Boston Waterfront
606 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

Mid-Atlantic Pre-Law Conference
Friday, October 30, 2015
8:30 AM-3:00 PM
Armour J. Blackburn University Center
Howard University
Washington, DC

Schedule
8:30-9:00 AM: Registration
9:00-9:50 AM: Writing Compelling Personal Statements
10:00-10:50 AM: Life of a Law Student
11:00-11:50 AM: Navigating the Law School Admissions Process
12:00-1:00 PM: Networking Mixer
1:00- 3:00 PM: Law Fair

You may register for the Mid-Atlantic Pre-Law Conference by sending your name and email address to Aaron N. Taylor at ataylo65@slu.edu. Questions can be sent there as well.

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Update: My first semester as a 2L

Hello! I’m Kelly, a 2L at Loyola!  I wrote the 1L blog last year, and am excited to share my second year of law school with you.

This year is flying by, as school always seems to do. I have described my schedule as “just full enough” – I feel like I am (almost) constantly doing something, but I’m not overwhelmed… yet!

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Backing up a bit – I spent my summer in Chicago, working at a small, general civil litigation firm in the loop. I learned a lot, but one of the highlights of the summer was being a part of the lively, young, fast-paced environment of the loop.  It was so fun to see so many of my classmates at the Daley Center or walking around in between meetings.  It was also just such a nice break from the strict academic setting of 1L.

A little secret… the four weeks before 2L have the potential to be some of the busiest weeks of the year. Citation checking and note-drafting for Loyola’s Law Journal are in full swing, On-Campus-Interviews are getting scheduled, you’re probably trying to wrap up your summer job and take that summer vacation you kept meaning to plan, AND don’t forget to order your books because school starts soon!  Everyone survives, but I think the common theme of this past August amongst my friends was “oh my gosh I have no time!”

Starting classes was almost a relief – I had a normal schedule again and, this being my second year, I had a much better idea of what to expect. Class-wise this semester, I’m taking evidence with Professor Elward, advocacy with Professor Legner, and art law with Professor Rhodes.  It sounds light, but I’m involved in a few other things for which I wanted to make sure I had time.

When I’m not in class, I can probably be found either at work or somewhere on the 5th floor of the library with my bluebook.  I got a job as a law clerk for the school year because I really enjoyed finally being able to apply all of the things I’m learning in school.  It’s a nice way to split my time – sometimes I have so much going on at school it’s nice to show up at work and focus on something entirely different for a while, and vis versa.  As a staff member on the Law Journal, I spend a lot of time checking citations of articles we’re publishing, and also working on my own note.  “Note” is just another word for an article that a law student writes… unfortunately, it’s not as short as its name implies!

My note is officially due on November 7th, which is great timing for me because my moot court competition is in D.C. in March.  Some students have to balance both their note and moot competitions in the same semester (huge kudos to my fellow classmates!).  I will be competing in the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in the spring, alongside my partner Joe Van Dusen.  We haven’t started practicing yet, but we’re meeting our coaches this week and I’m really excited to get started!

Joe and me for our moot team photo

Joe and me for our moot team photo

One of the highlights of my week is getting to help my former legal writing professor, Professor Greenwald, with his current legal writing class. Legal writing was one of my favorite classes last year, and I really enjoy tutoring for it this year.  Plus… what better way to master the bluebook than teach it?!  We also have a great class, and it’s fun getting to know some of the 1L’s.  I’ve also been able to meet a lot of the class of 2018 through the Health Law Society – we host a variety of events throughout the year and, as Director of Student Outreach, I get to interact and work one-on-one with a lot of other students interested in health law.

I think that about sums up everything I’m up to! 2L is a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s really fulfilling and also very cool to see how far we’ve all come and learned thus far.  I’m consistently impressed with and proud of my friends who all seem to be doing such awesome things with their journals, jobs, tutoring, etc.  It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the halfway point!

And… a little proof that 2L leaves time for fun, too :)

Had time to fly to Boston to watch my best friends get married!

Had time to fly to Boston to watch my best friends get married!

Gail Jankowski (3L) and me at this year's boat cruise.

Gail Jankowski (3L) and me at this year’s boat cruise.

Gail Jankowski (3L), me, Emily Houtsma (3L) and Kelly Cannon (3L) cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley during game 4 against the Cardinals!

Gail Jankowski (3L), me, Emily Houtsma (3L) and Kelly Cannon (3L) cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley during game 4 against the Cardinals!

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

We are excited to make stops at some of our favorite places recruiting next week: Arizona, Texas, Utah, Michigan, Georgia, New York and Colorado– we will be in your neck of the woods. And don’t forget to check out our full 2015-2016 Recruitment Calendar.

We love attending the Houston Forum every year!

We love attending the Houston Forum every year!

Utah Olympic Park, site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Utah Olympic Park, site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

The Denver, CO skyline

The Denver, CO skyline

Arizona

Arizona State University Law Fair
October 19, 2015
10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Memorial Union, Arizona & Ventana Ballrooms
301 E Orange Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281

University of Arizona Law School Information Expo
October 20, 2015
12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Student Union, Grand Ballroom
Tuscon, AZ  85719
** Dean Bloomquist will be on the Law School Admission Panel from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union, Santa Cruz Room.

Texas

Houston LSAC Forum, Table #465
October 19, 2015
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002

Utah

University of Utah Law School Fair
October 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
University Union Ballroom, 200 Central Campus Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

BYU Law School Expo
October 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom, 1060 E Campus Dr
Provo, UT 84602

Michigan

University of Michigan Law Day
October 21, 2015
3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Michigan Union 2nd floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Georgia

Atlanta LSAC Forum, Table #165
October 23, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
AmericasMart Atlanta
240 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

New York

LatinoJustice PRLDEF
October 24, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

Colorado

WCC Denver
October 24, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University of Denver, Ricketson Law Building
2255 E. Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80210
To RSVP, click here.

The JD Law Admission Staff

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

Bascom Hill at UW-Madison on Monday October 5 after the Law Fair

Bascom Hill at UW-Madison on Monday October 5 after the Law Fair

We have enjoyed meeting with all the prospective law students that have stopped by our table these past few weeks. The details for all events next week are below. And don’t forget to check out our full 2015-2016 Recruitment Calendar to see if we are making a stop near you.

Indiana

Valparaiso University
October 16, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Harre Union, Ballroom
1509 Chapel Dr
Valparaiso, IN 46383

New York

John Jay College of Criminal Justice Graduate and Professional School Fair
October 14, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

** Dean Bloomquist will be giving a presentation on Financial Aid at 3:30 p.m. The location will be L.61 in the New Building of John Jay’s Campus.

LSAC New York Forum
October 16, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Workshops
noon – 5:00 pm: Talk with School Reps

October 17, 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Workshops
11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Talk with School Reps

Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

Ohio

The Ohio State University Law Fair
October 15, 2015
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Ohio Union
1739 N High St
Columbus, OH 43210

Looking forward to saying hello!

The Law Admission Staff

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Memorial Union, UW-Madison

Memorial Union, UW-Madison

Outside Law Fair at the Trousdale Parkway

Outside Law Fair along the Trousdale Parkway

Tommy Trojan at the University of Southern California campus

Tommy Trojan at the University of Southern California campus

Big Ten! St Louis! Los Angeles! Loyola University Chicago School of Law is headed your way next. Check out our full 2015-2016 Recruitment Calendar for more stops we are making this fall.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
October 5, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Union south, Varsity Hall (2nd Floor)
1308 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
October 6, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Illini Union Rooms A, B, & C,
1401 W Green Street,
Urbana, IL 61801

Purdue University
October 7, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cordova Rec Sports Center
Black&Gold Gym
355 N Martin Jischke Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Washington University – St. Louis
October 7, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Anheuser-Busch Hall
Courtyard Danforth Campus
St Louis, MO 63105

Indiana University
October 8, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall
Indiana University Memorial Union
900 E 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

USC Law Fair
October 9, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
McCarthy Quad
3551 Trousdale Pkwy
Los Angeles, CA 90089

UCLA Law Forum
October 9, 2015
6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
University of California Los Angeles
Ackerman Grand Ballroom
308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

LSAC Los Angeles Forum
October 10, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

University of Albany

University of Albany


Barton Hall @ Cornell Law School Day

Barton Hall @ Cornell Law School Day


Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Next week is one of our busiest weeks on the road. We will have four different admissions staff members out meeting with students from Illinois, New York, Washington DC and even Toronto! Stay up to date on our  2015-2016 Recruitment Calendar by visiting our website.

Illinois

Northern Illinois University Graduate & Professional School Fair
September 29, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Ellington Ballroom
340 Carroll Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115

The Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair at University of Illinois-Chicago October 1, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt
Chicago, IL 60607

New York

WNY Law School Fair–Buffalo
September 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Buffalo Marriott Niagara
1340 Millersport Highway
Amherst, NY 14221

Rochester Area Law School Night
September 28, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May Room in Wilson Commons
201 Wilson Blvd
Rochester, NY 14620

Cornell Law School Day
September 29, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Barton Hall
117 Statler Drive
Ithaca, NY 14853

Binghamton University Law Day
September 30, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Binghamton University (UU)
Mandela Room
University Union Vestal

Syracuse Law School Information Day
October 1, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Schine Student Center, Panasci Lounge
303 University Pl, Syracuse University,
Syracuse, NY 13210

University at Albany Law School Fair
October 2, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1400 Washington Ave,
University at Albany
State University of New York
Albany, NY 12222

Toronto, Canada

LSAC Forum Toronto
September 28, 2015
2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Toronto
370 King Street West
Toronto, ON
Canada M5V 1J9

Washington DC

DC Law School Fair
September 30, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd St, NW
Washington, DC 20052

**Dean Bloomquist, Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Assistance at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, will be on a panel, “Paying for Law School”, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This panel will take place after the fair in the same facility. The exact location will be available the day of the fair.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

The JD Law Admission Staff

 

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

SF-Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies in San Francisco, CA

We had a great time meeting with prospective law students in the Bay Area this past weekend. And want to let you know that we are heading to Michigan and Florida next! The 2015-2016 Recruitment Calendar is a great resource to see where we will be making stops throughout the next few months.

The details for all events next week are below:

Michigan State University Law School Fair
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
4:30pm – 7:00pm
Spartan Stadium Office Tower, 4th Floor
535 Chestnut Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

LSAC Miami, FL Forum
Saturday, September 26, 2015
11:00am – 4:00pm
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 SE Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

Please join us!

The Law Admission Staff

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

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Bay Area! Loyola University Chicago School of Law will be at WCC San Francisco Law Fair this Saturday, September 19, 2015. The fair will run from 10am-2pm at the San Francisco Marriott Union Square, 480 Sutter Street.

There will also be two panels: 11am-12pm: Admissions and Financial Aid Panel, 1pm-2pm: Student Life and Alumni Experience Panel.

For details and to RSVP click here.

Do not forget to check out our 2015-2016 Recruitment Calendar to see all of the fairs and forums we will be attending for the rest of 2015.

The Law Admissions Staff

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