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At last, an affordable alternative

Monday, April 3, 2006

With the help of an associate professor and an alumnus, SCSU last fall offered the public an affordable preparation course for the LSAT exam, required for application to law school.

The program was developed in response to student requests for an affordable alternative to prep courses from for-profit companies. The cost typically runs more than $1,000; the fee for the four-day course developed by SCSU was just $50 for students and $150 for the community.

Participants took actual LSAT exams, learned performance-enhancing strategies, received individual critiques of their personal statements, and were introduced to the law school application process and financial aid. They also received a CD-Rom advising tool created by the course instructor, Associate Professor Kathleen Uradnik, to answer prospective lawyers' questions about applying to law school. Uradnik, who chairs the SCSU Department of Political Science, has been advising pre-law students for more than 10 years.

The program initiated by Uradnik was funded by a donation from William R. Sieben, a 1973 SCSU alumnus and personal injury attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Schwebel, Goetz and Sieben.

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