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Law-school workshop emphasizes need to budget

The S.J. Quinney College of Law held its annual financial-aid workshop Nov. 1 to answer students’ questions about financing three years of law school.

As the next LSAT-the law school entrance exam-in December quickly approaches, many prospective law students are thinking about applications, letters of recommendation and how to pay once they get accepted into a school, said Reyes Aguilar, associate dean for financial aid. He said the workshop is meant to answer some of those questions.

The event also focused on the amount of debt that often comes with law school. Aguilar said that more than “80 percent of law graduates will have debt over $50,000, so workshops like this are helpful in preparing students.”

Aguilar also stressed that students interested in attending law school should start budgeting now.

There are many expenses that are involved with law school, such as moving, fees and campus visits, that students aren’t aware of or prepared for, Aguilar said.

The workshop came after last month’s law school fair and application workshop and is part of the law school’s continuing series of events geared toward helping prospective law students through the admissions process.

In addition to the financial aid workshop the Quinney College of Law offers, there will be academic advising, LSAT preparation courses and workshops throughout the rest of the semester for prospective students.

The U’s law school will begin accepting applications for Fall Semester 2007 starting Nov. 15, and will continue until the Feb. 1 deadline.

Students can find additional resources about the law school and admissions by contacting the law school admissions counsel or visiting

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