LSAC Ambassadors: Your Partners in Helping Individuals Along Their Legal Education Journeys

The Law School Admission Council created the ambassadors program to assist you in supporting the success of candidates during their legal education journey and to help LSAC fulfill its mission of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in legal education.

LSAC Ambassadors are trained experts in law school admission matters. Through educational presentations and professional consultations, they provide both law school candidates and legal education professionals with encouragement, current information, and instruction on how to utilize the vast array of tools available on LSAC.org. Ambassadors also introduce participants to a dedicated network of member law schools and prelaw advisors available to help them succeed.

Available Presentation Topics

LSAC Ambassadors welcome invitations to present or table at events targeted to prospective students, candidates, and legal education professionals. Most presentations can be formatted for candidates or for prelaw advisors, depending on your event’s audience.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Presentation: Preparing for Success in Your Law School Journey —  An overview of the services and resources LSAC offers to help candidates do their best. Includes information on LSAC’s LawHub Official LSAT Prep and Prep Plus, Khan Academy Official LSAT Prep, the Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, and more.
  • Best Practices for Difficult Cases — Some applications are trickier than others. Learn how to best address required Character & Fitness disclosures, misconduct or irregularities in the application process, tight budgetary constraints, and low GPA and/or LSAT scores.
  • Financing Your Legal Education — Includes information about the financial aid process and costs associated with law school. Learn about scholarships and resources available on LSAC.org to help candidates pay for law school.
  • How to Apply to Law School with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) — An overview of the simplified law school application process offered through LSAC.
  • How to Prepare for Recruitment Events — Not sure what to do to prepare for the application process? Whether interacting with admission representatives at in-person or virtual events, learn how to use LSAC.org and other resources to make the most out of your time with them.
  • Law School Offers: How to Make the Best Choice — Overview of recommended factors for candidates to consider when evaluating admission and financial aid offers.
  • LSAC Account Walk-Through — A presentation through the eye of a law school candidate. Learn how to set up an LSAC account and get an overview of all the ways in which it will be used throughout the application process.
  • Preparing for the LSAT — Includes an in-depth look into LSAC’s LawHub Official LSAT Prep and Prep Plus and Khan Academy’s LSAT Prep features.
  • The LSAT and LSAT Writing — Get the latest updates. Includes an overview of the LSAT’s digital interface, features, and flexible test-day experience.
  • What Is the LSAT and Why You Should Take It — Includes information on the LSAT and how LSAT preparation translates to the first year of law school.
  • Why Law School — An introduction to the study and practice of law. Includes perspectives of law students, law practitioners, and admission professionals.

Prelaw Advisor Exclusives

  • LSAC Prelaw Advisor Reports — An in-depth look into how the data available in LSAC.org’s Prelaw Information Center can support your advising department. Includes information on LSAC.org volume reports and U.S. National Decision Profiles.
  • LSAC Services and Tools for Prelaw Advisors — Learn how the free tools available to prelaw advisors on LSAC.org can help serve the needs of your students and your institution.

Meet the Ambassadors Team

Gisele JoachimPrior 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.

Jennifer O'ConnorJennifer O’Connor comes to LSAC from Vermont Law School (VLS) in South Royalton, where she served as an admissions counselor and earned her law degree. In her role at VLS, O’Connor organized and participated in educational events, law school fairs, and recruitment activities across the U.S., helping to build a diverse community of students. As a law student, she was selected by the Alumni Association to receive the 2019 Lex Pro Urbe et Orbe Award for her contributions to VLS and by the VLS Student Bar Association to receive the 2019 Student Pro Bono of the Year Award. She also served as chair of the campus Mental Health Committee. O’Connor holds a bachelor’s degree from Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania, and a paralegal certificate from Pace University in White Plains, New York. She has served as a legal intern for the U.S. Navy and as a volunteer helping people who couldn’t afford legal services.

Katherine "Katya" ValasekKatherine “Katya” Valasek joins LSAC after serving as director of admissions at Seton Hall University Law School in Newark, New Jersey, where she worked with students throughout the admission process, including restructuring all events, processes, and publications to an online/digital format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Valasek had previously served as director of admissions marketing at Seton Hall, where she led successful social media campaigns, created student events, managed applicant communications, and more. Prior to this role, she was Seton Hall’s associate director of admissions. Before joining Seton Hall, she worked as a legal recruiter. Valasek holds a bachelor’s degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan, graduating magna cum laude.