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  • Potential Law School Applicant Fall 2010 // Mary Chu
  • User Problem
    • Wants to apply to law school
    • Needs information about public interest and international law programs (refugees and asylum seekers)
    • Post- law school options
  • Search Process- Traditional Print Sources
      • Law School Admissions Guides
        • A multi-million dollar industry
        • The Best Law Schools Admission Secrets by
        • Joyce Putnam Cahill.
      • Guides to Accredited Law Schools
        • Provides great overview.
        • Gives realistic odds of an applicant's chances of admission.
        • US News and World Report Book
  • Search Process: Web Searches
    • Google and Yahoo
      • Fastest and easiest way to find information about appropriate law school programs.
  • Search Process: Social Web
    • Metafilter and forums.
      • Connecting to real (?) people to get answers.
  • Search Process: Commercial Databases
    • Lexis Nexis
      • Scours daily newspapers, magazines, industry reports.
      • Good bet for finding information about a future profession.
      • But ultimately depends on the stage of the search. Thinking about options in the future very different from actually looking for a job.
  • Feedback Process
    • In-person meetings to discuss applications and progress with LSATs
    • Email and gChat easiest
    • Me:
    • I found some great resources for your query. I have to follow up on some leads. 
    • When are you going to singapore and will you be reachable by email? 
    • Do you have an interest in public interest law? And when do you plan taking the LSAT again?
    • Her:
    • yeah, i'll be checking email in singapore but prob won't be too responsive. i'll try though if you need me to be.
    • yes, i'm interested in public interest law tied to international law re: refugees and human rights, immigration and asylum, etc.
  • Analysis of Process & Approach
    • Search can be affected by relationship to user (Friend vs Stranger)
    • Depth of Search vs. Time
    • What worked? What didn't?
      • Not all commercial databases the same.
      • (Factiva vs. LexisNexis)
  • Questions and Comments?