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Widener Law Commonwealth's Podcast

Learn the real issues behind the headlines of legal hot topics in the news with internationally-known legal faculty at Widener Law Commonwealth. Legal scholars break-down complex issues and provide insight on legal topics.  Looking to go to law school? Valuable tips on topics ranging from law school admissions to financial aid and bar exam preparation will be given by our team of dedicated administrative personnel.


Episodes:

Career Development Office

Host Julie Massing interviews Widener Law Commonwealth's Director of Career Development Karen Durkin. This interview covers several topics including the services offered by the Career Development Office for current students and alumni and tips for job seekers.

Law School Success

Host Julie Massing sits down with Professor of Legal Methods and Director of Academic Success Amanda Smith and Associate Professor of Legal Methods and Director of Student Affairs David Raeker-Jordan to discuss advice and tips for new law students. 

Mentioned in this Episode

One L of a Year

Mastering the Law School Exam

Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School

Making it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

The Law and Government Institute

Host Julie Massing sits down with Commonwealth Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Government Institute Jill Family and alumna Liana Walters '13, Legislative Counsel to PA State Senator Arthur Haywood, to discuss the history, mission, and benefits of Widener Law Commonwealth's Law and Government Institute. 

Follow the Law and Government Institute on Twitter @WidenerLG.

The Administrative Constitution: Past, Present, and Future

Sophia Z. Lee, a Professor of Law and History and Deputy Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, presented The Administrative Constitution: Past Present, and Future at the 2017 John Gedid Lecture Series.  View the video from this event on Widener Law Commonwealth's YouTube channel.

Professor Lee is a legal historian whose scholarship synthesizes constitutional and administrative law. She has written about administrative agencies’ role in shaping constitutional law; civil rights and labor advocates’ challenges to workplace discrimination during the early Cold War; and conservative legal movements in the post-New Deal era. Her book, The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right, was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. She is currently working on a book about constitutional privacy. Her articles can be found in the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, and Law & History Review. She earned her J.D. and Ph.D. in history from Yale. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, she clerked for the Honorable Kimba M. Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Constitutional Law Explained | Legal Topics in the News

Host Julie Massing sits down with Professor of Law and Fulbright Scholar Michael Dimino to provide a basic understanding of the approaches to constitutional law and discuss the recent confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. 

Immigration Law Explained | Legal Topics in the News

Host Julie Massing sits down with Commonwealth Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Government Institute Jill Family to break down the complexities of immigration law in the United States. Their conversation aims to give listeners an understanding of the current landscape and historical context of immigration policy.

A Reasonable Expectation of Transparency - Where the Rights to Know and to Privacy Intersect

Commonwealth Court Judge P. Kevin Brobson, currently serving as the Jurist in Residence for Widener Law Commonwealth, presented A Reasonable Expectation of Transparency--Where the Rights to Know and to Privacy Intersect.

Judge Brobson discussed the legal issues that arise at the intersection of the rights to know and to privacy.  Many states, including Pennsylvania, have a Right to Know law that encourages government transparency.  Those laws can implicate rights to privacy when the information sought from the government involves private matters, however.

Purpose and Benefits of Law School Clinics Show Notes

Host Julie Massing interviews Widener Law Commonwealth's Central Pennsylvania Law Clinics Interim Director Mary Catherine Scott. This interview covers several topics including the history of the clinic and the benefits of law clinics for law students and the local communities.  

Mentioned in this Episode:

MidPenn Legal Services

Dauphin County Agency on Aging

YWCA Domestic Violence Legal Center

Financial Aid Process Explained Show Notes

Host Julie Massing sits down with Widener Law Commonwealth's Financial Aid Representative Allura Alonso to discuss the law school financial aid process.  Their conversation covers a wealth of information including affording law school, applying for financial aid, and repaying student loans. Hear from a financial aid expert about what you need to know to help finance your law school education.

Mentioned in this Episode:

Widener Law Commonwealth Financial Aid Office Campus Cruiser.

Contact Information:

Financial Aid Office
3737 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717.541.3961
Fax: 717.541.1964
Email: finaidcwlaw@widener.edu

Law School Admissions Process Explained Show Notes

Host Julie Massing sits down with Widener Law Commonwealth's Associate Dean for Admissions and Administration John Benfield to discuss the law school application process.  Their conversation covers everything from the LSAT, GPA, personal statements, character and fitness requirements and more. Hear from an admissions expert how you can improve your chances of getting into law school.

Mentioned in this Episode:

LSAC.org

Introduction Show Notes

Communications Manager Julie Massing describes Widener Law Commonwealth's new podcast covering legal news and helpful information for law students. 

 

 

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