Admission Cycle Recap with Prelaw Advisors

Date: Thursday, June 27th  from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST/1:00 – 2:00 pm CT/12:00 – 1:00 pm MT/11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

As admissions officers reflect on the cycle just past (well, nearly), a panel of prelaw advisors will provide insights from their perspective on applicants’ experiences. This will be a helpful opportunity to learn more about how the timing of the cycle, changes to application material, and other factors affected candidates in the past year. What worked? How can we do better? How can we help prelaw advisors assist candidates through this stressful process?

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Patrice Barley, Pre-Law Advisor, Co-Coordinator of Graduate and Professional School Day Fair, Duke University School of Law






Monica Brasseur-Carter, Pre-Law Academic Advisor, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts’


What is your advising philosophy?
In a single sentence, “Let’s figure this out together.”

Advising is an intentional guidance process. As an advisor, I believe it is my role to serve as a soundboard for students and assist them as they embrace exploration and take ownership of their academic path. I strive to help students achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals while sharing my perspective, insight and experience. My goal is to help all students develop the necessary skills and confidence to be successful in life and in the classroom.

What was your path to Newnan?
After completing my undergraduate studies, I took a gap year. I worked in public relations where I helped open a center for autism in the Ozarks. After my gap year, I went to law school. As soon as I received my law license, I started practicing law and teaching part-time at a law school. After working in the legal field for several years in traditional and non-traditional roles, I decided to make the transition to working full-time in higher education. I started here at Newnan in September 2021.

Why did you join Newnan?
I wanted to utilize my legal training, make a difference in people’s lives, and work with amazing coworkers…Newnan is the perfect place to do that!

Class you loved and why?
My favorite “course” was my internship with the Michigan Supreme Court. It was an eye-opening experience to see the appellate process in action and learn how the legal system functions.

Interests and hobbies:
I enjoy walking aimlessly and listening to podcasts. In my spare time, I am learning French.



Mark Hill, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Duke University School of Law


Mark Hill is Senior Director of Admissions at Duke Law School, where he coordinates the recruiting and application process for the JD program. He graduated from Duke in 1994 with a BA in cultural anthropology, and returned to work at the law school in 2002. In the interim, he lived in London, Washington DC, and Chicago, and began his higher education career at Northwestern University, where he also earned an MSEd with a concentration in higher education administration. Mark is an active volunteer with the Law School Admissions Council, presenting on the admission process at forums for prospective applicants and serving on the Services & Programs Committee and the Subcommittee for Misconduct & Irregularity in the Admissions Process. At Duke, he also serves as a volunteer academic advisor for first- and second-year undergraduates and plays drums in the alumni pep band over winter break.



Isabelle Ramos, Director, Pre-Law Program, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Montclair State University