Graduate & Law School
Deciding If You Should Go
There are many reasons why you may want to further your education beyond your undergraduate degree at Brandeis. Your chosen field may require an advanced degree, or maybe you are passionate about a subject and want to devote more time to it. To help you decide if graduate or law school is right for you, you will need to:
- Know yourself well. Have you identified your strengths, skills and interests by engaging in active self-reflection?
- Know why you want to go. Are you really looking into graduate school to postpone making decisions about your career goals, or are you hoping to further your career goals by going to graduate school?
- Have a thorough understanding of what you’re getting into. Have you researched your field and talked with fellow Brandeis alumni or other professionals who do the kind of work you hope to do?
- Understand what kind of degree you will need. Is a PhD required for your goals, or is a Master's degree sufficient? If you don’t want to actually practice law, is there another degree that will meet your needs?
- Consider what will you do once you obtain your degree. What are your long term goals and how will a graduate degree help you achieve them?
Deciding When You Should Go
A significant percentage of Brandeis alumni ultimately earn a graduate degree. The timing of this decision is deeply personal and depends upon one's circumstances.
It also depends largely upon your field. For law school, it is purely a personal decision. For MBA programs, schools may require previous work experience. For some PhD programs, it is often expected that you will transition directly from undergraduate to graduate school.
Graduate & Law School Resources
Whatever your motivations for continuing or returning as a student, staff at the Hiatt Career Center offer you a variety of resources, including:
- One-on-one counseling, including guidance in the crucial decision-making points
- Online guides for law school (pdf) and graduate school (pdf) that explain the application process in great detail, including standardized testing, personal statements, and financing grad school.
- Workshops, webinars and panels to aid you in learning about your fields of interest by hearing from professionals and current graduate and law students
- Check the alumni calendar for upcoming career events
- Print and online resources regarding graduate programs, applications and testing
All of Hiatt’s career counselors hold advanced degrees and are here to help guide you through the process, from deciding if and when graduate or law school is right for you to filling out program applications. Hiatt also has a dedicated pre-law and graduate school advisor.
Health Professions Advising
Brandeis University offers tailored, pre-health academic assistance within the Office of Academic Services. It is available to students and alumni considering a career in the health care fields. While many Brandeisians pursue an MD degree after Brandeis, there are a variety of other health professions which Health Professions Advising addresses.
Hiatt can also assist alumni interested in health-related graduate programs (e.g. psychology, biology, and neuroscience) and regularly prepares alums for graduate and medical school interviews.
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