347 Schaeffer Hall
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
Tue & Th: 4:45-6:15
Dept of Political Science
341 Schaeffer Hall
20 E. Washington Street
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Posted Fall 2020 course evaluations
Posted update with 2020 data for Iowa Voting Series Paper 1 (registration statistics)
Posted new book in What I'm Reading
Posted update with 2020 data for Iowa Voting Series Paper 10 (absentee days)
Posted 15 papers in Vinson Court Agenda Setting series
Posted updated Prelaw FAQ for UI students
Published updated and expanded edition of Prelaw Advisor in paperback and for Kindle readers
New book, Riding the Caucus Rollercoaster 2020, published in paperback and for Kindle readers.
New book, Supreme Court Agenda Setting: The Vinson Court, published for Kindle devices and computers with Kindle reader.
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The pages linked at left contain various advising and prelaw information (or at least they will once I get them moved to this site).
General Information: Contains links to information for all advisees, for transfer students, and for Honors students.
Prelaw FAQ: A frequently asked questions document covering a wide range of issues related to law school. UPDATE: In 2020 I published the updated and expanded second edition of my book Prelaw Advisor. The book contains more information than the FAQ, but I continue to update the FAQ every year. The FAQ is available to U Iowa students but the page is now password protected. UI students should contact me for the password.
Additional Prelaw Q&A: I often receive questions from those who have read my Prelaw FAQ. These questions may be more specific or cover topics not in the FAQ. This page contains such questions and my responses.
Admission Index Information for LSAT Scores: Many law schools use formulas for making initial decisions on candidates. I obtained a list and present it here along with some comments. (The 2009 list is posted along with updated info in the comments section.)
Legal and Judicial Books of Interest: This link takes you to my list of legal and judicial books that might be of interest to prelaw folks. These are all books that I have read and that I found interesting or worthwhile. I include a brief description of each book as well as a few comments about it.
Below is a link to my book Prelaw Advisor: Questions and Answers for Those Considering Law School. The book is currently available on Amazon.com in paperback ($17.95) and for Kindle ($12.95). Here's the description of the book:
Interested in law school? How should you prepare? What courses should you take? What law schools should you apply to? Finding answers to these and many other questions can make preparing for and applying to law school a difficult and complicated process. Getting experienced advice helps to make the process manageable. Using a question and answer format, Tim Hagle, a Political Science professor at the University of Iowa, responds to the questions most frequently asked by prelaw students.
Professor Hagle is a past member of the State Bar of Michigan and was a co-author of a test preparation book for the LSAT. In Prelaw Advisor, Professor Hagle draws on his personal experiences, those of lawyers and former students, and over 30 years of prelaw advising to help readers prepare for and get into law school.
Prelaw Advisor covers a wide range of information that will help to guide those interested in law school from the first semester of college (or even the end of high school) through graduation and into law school. Topics addressed include “hard advice” on the rigors of law school and the legal profession, the types of courses that provide a solid preparation for law school, the value of extracurricular activities and internships, how law schools evaluate applicants, and factors to consider when choosing a law school.
Prelaw Advisor addresses the questions most important to those interested in law school and contains a wealth of information that will help prelaw students navigate the process of preparing for and getting into law school.