Prior to joining the Ambassadors team at LSAC, Gisele Joachim was the dean of enrollment management at Seton Hall University School of Law. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of admissions and recruitment for both JD and graduate law programs. Prior to arriving at Seton Hall in 2004, Joachim served as the director of financial aid services for the NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), where she was responsible for coordinating financial aid training, assistance, and advisement for HESAA staff, schools, students, and families. During her career, Joachim has also served in financial aid, admissions, and student services positions at various colleges. She has a BA from SUNY Oneonta and has completed graduate coursework in counseling at Marist College. She has served in a variety of volunteer positions with LSAC, including serving as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Without the ability to host in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic, law school candidates and admission offices have had to get creative, with virtual office hours, Zoom panels, and other opportunities to connect digitally. LSAC is also embracing those opportunities.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is posing challenges across the board for law schools, but student affairs professionals are dealing with particular challenges as they communicate with incoming first-year students. To gain some insight into what these students should know as we approach an uncertain fall semester, I recently hosted a webinar with three student affairs professionals: Stephanie Carlos, assistant dean for student affairs at University of San Francisco School of Law; Bayrex Martí, assistant dean for student affairs at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law; and Ethan Rosenzweig, associate dean for enrollment management and student services at Emory University School of Law.
Applicants to law school have always been concerned about how to pay for their education, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating those concerns. How are law school admission and financial aid offices dealing with these changing times?
This post is based on commentary delivered during a webinar for admission professionals on April 24, 2020.