Welcome to "Bears, the Bar, and Beyond," the Baylor Pre-Law podcast! Our podcast is designed to help you get access to generalized information regarding the Pre-Law program, the law school application process and the practice of law. While the first two episodes are intended to provide general, year specific, information the rest are interviews with law schools, on specific elements of a law school application, and with lawyers across the country and in a variety of practice areas. All current students are required to listen to the episode relevant to them (Episode 1 or 2) prior to attending Pre-Law advising.
If there is a specific area of law that has not yet been featured, that you would like to be the subject of an episode, please send your suggestions, or questions to email@example.com
Ep. 1 - Pre-Advising 1 (required listening before advising)
October 5 2020 / Duration - 25:40 mins
Our first episode will explore general advice and how to make the most of your Baylor years. Students must listen to this podcast prior to attending Pre-Law advising.
Ep. 2 - Pre-Advising 2 (required listening before advising)
5 October 2020 / Duration - 15:59 mins
In episode 2, we'll discuss timing for the LSAT and law school applications generally. Students are required to listen to episodes 1 and 2, prior to attending Pre-Law advising. Following episodes will consist of interviews, so stay tuned!
**You can take the LSAT multiple times and doing so is not the end of the world. However, it is best to take the test only when you are fully prepared and to avoid having to deal with multiple scores where possible, even in the case of schools that say they will take your highest score.
Ep. 3 - Personal Statements
September 27, 2018 / Duration - 32:35 mins
In episode 3, we'll talk with the Director of Admissions at Michigan State University College of Law, Ian McInnis. We'll be looking at personal statements, what they are, why they matter and how to go about writing a good one.
Ep. 4 - Clerking in the US Supreme Court
8 October, 2018 / Duration - 1:07:56 mins
In this week's episode we hear from Baylor alum, Ben Aguiñaga who has served as a judicial clerk on the Texas Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeal and now the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Aguiñaga has also served the civil rights division of the Department of Justice.
Ep. 5 - Corporate law in NYC
October 17, 2018 / Duration - 41:34 mins
In this week's episode we travel to the Big Apple to meet with Richard Hall, a partner in the corporate team at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP. With offices in New York and London, Cravath was voted the nation's most prestigious law firm. If you are interested in working in a large firm and have an interest in transactional work, in a prestigious jurisdiction like New York, this will be an episode of interest to you.
Ep. 6 - International Affairs & Public Policy Degrees
24 October, 2108 / Duration - 34:17 mins
This week's episode comes to you from Washington DC, where we chat with Carmen Mezzera, the Executive Director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs(APSIA). We'll explore graduate programs in international affairs and public policy, as well as career paths in international affairs.
Ep. 7 - The Law and Technology
31 October, 2018 / Duration - 37:07 mins
This week we meet with legal technology expert, Professor Carla Reyes, director of the Center for Legal Services and Innovation at Michigan State University's College of Law. We'll discuss the role of technology in the practice of law and the implications of the increasing use of Artificial Technology and Artificial Intelligence.
Ep. 8 - Baylor in Washington DC
November 6, 2018 / Duration - 31:30 mins
This week we explore life in Washington DC and the opportunities that Baylor students have to gain valuable, credit bearing experience in the nation’s capital in fall, spring and summer semesters!
Ep.9 - Law & The FBI
November 12, 2018 / Duration - 52:02 mins
In this week's episode we will hear from Baylor alum, lawyer and FBI Special Agent, Edward Duffer. We will explore his journey from Baylor to law school and to a 30 year career with the FBI. Special Agent Duffer's career has involved a range of responsibilities, ranging from working as a SWAT operator to overseeing serious crime, terrorism and gang related criminal investigations.
Ep. 10 - Addenda & Letters of Recommendation
November 20, 2018 / Duration - 42:29 mins
In episode 10, we chat with Ed Coughlin of New York Law School about the best way to write law school application addenda and how to secure meaningful letters of recommendation.
Ep.11 - A Senior Perspective
February 11, 2019 / Duration - 24:19 mins
In this episode, we speak with senior and Pre-Law Society President, Collin Bryant. We discuss his own college journey, lessons he has learned and we discuss how you can make the most of your time here at Baylor.
Ep. 12 - Immigration Law
February 18th, 2019 / Duration - 48:21 mins
This week we explore immigration law with New York attorney, David Yurkofsky. Mr Yurkofsky specializes in immigration law generally, but has built a practice working with people of 'extraordinary ability.' These clients range from actors and musicians, to models, bankers and athletes.
Ep. 13 - Law School, The First Year
February 25, 2019 / Duration - 37:39 mins
This week we meet with Baylor to Baylor Law Scholar and 2L Baylor Law Student, Sheridan Berry. Sheridan shares with us her journey to law school, the realities of law school and her 1L year.
Ep. 14 - Law School Interviews
March 5, 2019 / Duration - 22:14 mins
In this week's episode we speak with Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Baylor Law. We discuss the Baylor Law quarter system, practice court and how students should approach interviews for law school.
Ep. 15 - Thinking through the Bar Exam
March 25, 2019 / Duration - 41:06 mins
We meet with attorney and political science professor, Alfred Mackenzie. Professor Mackenzie is also a member of the Texas Board of Bar Examiners. In this week's episodes we discuss the Texas Bar Exam and the coming implementation of the UBE in Texas.
Ep. 16 - Family Law
November 6, 2018 / Duration - 33:14 mins
This week, we chat with family lawyer and director of alumni relations at Baylor Law, Katie Casper. We discuss the ins and outs of family law practice and what to do if you'd like to find out more if this is an area of interest.
Ep. 17 - From Special Forces to Law School
February 19, 2020 / Duration - 49:36 mins
Join us as we hear from Logan Leslie about his incredible journey. Logan joined the U.S. Army, following the 9/11 attacks, and after a career as a Green Beret (Army Special Forces) he went to Harvard for his undergraduate degree, as well as his J.D. and M.B.A.
He now works as the CEO of Northern Rock Inc. an infrastructure and construction services company that buys, operates, and grows small businesses.
Ep. 18 - Exploring a diplomatic career
February 19, 2020 / Duration - 36:50 mins
In episode 18 we meet with veteran diplomat, Julie Kavanagh. Julie has served all over the world, including Russia and China. Before a recent return to active duty, she served as the Diplomat in Residence for the state of Texas, based out of the LBJ School at UT Austin.
We will explore Julie's career as well as career paths to the State Department, a must listen for anyone interested in a truly international career!
Ep. 19 - Life with the Navy JAG Corps
March 2, 2020 / Duration - 57:53 mins
In this episode we speak with Baylor alum and Navy Lieutenant, Ben Maddox. From the JAG offices in Washington DC's Navy Yard, we explore Ben's journey from Baylor, to educational policy development, to law school and the Navy - a must listen for anyone interested in legal career in the military.
Ep. 20 - Criminal Law
October 5 2020 / Duration - 47:57 mins
In this episode, we hear from Darren Bertin as we discuss a career in criminal law!
Ep. 21 - Pre-Law Student Organizations
October 5, 2020 / Duration - 33:40 mins
In this episode, we meet with the Mock Trial and Pre-Law Society at Baylor. We hear from the students involved and find out how and why these are organizations that all serious Pre-Law students should consider.
Ep. 22 - Where can a J.D. take you? An interview with Violet Sullivan
October 5, 2020 / Duration - 41:57 mins
In this episode we hear from Baylor Lawyer, Violet Sullivan. We hear her journey from Baylor to the world of business, the law and in particular, privacy law.
Ep. 23 - In-House Counsel
August 19, 2021 / Duration - 44:22 mins
In this episode, we speak with Brian Sullivan, in-house counsel at the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association, and explore his career to date.
Ep. 24 - How to Network Panel Discussion
August 19, 2021 / Duration - 58:04 mins
In this episode, we bring you a panel discussion with 3 leading professionals based in Washington DC. We'll discuss how to network well, regardless of whether you are in a pandemic environment or not.
Ep. 25 Diplomatic Security and Foreign Service Careers
August 19, 2021 / Duration - 45:20 mins
In this episode of Bears, the Bar, & Beyond, we will speak with Diplomat in Residence for the State of Texas, Kris Sivertson. As a former diplomatic security officer, she gives us another insight into the wide range of career options that exist within the State Department.
Ep. 26 - From Baylor to Stanford Law
August 19, 2021 / Duration - 51:21 mins
The great thing about the Baylor Pre-Law program is that no matter where you want to go for law school, you can do it from here - like many Bears before you! In this episode, we speak with Baylor and Stanford Law alum, Rebekah Salas Mercer. We explore her time at Baylor and how her decision to gain work experience before going to law school paid off. We'll discuss her time at Stanford and look at lessons that you can apply in your own Pre-Law journey.