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AACOMAS
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service
(AACOMAS) All osteopathic medical schools participate in this centralized application service.

AACPMAS
The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service
(AACPMAS) Centralized application service enables applicants to simultaneously apply to all podiatric schools.

AADSAS
American Association of Dental Schools Application Service
(AADSAS) Centralized application service for dental applicants. Simplifies application process for applicants by allowing applicants to complete one application form.

AADS
American Association of Dental Schools
(AADS) Publishes the Admission Requirements of United States and Canadian Dental Schools: 1995-96

AAMC
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annually publishes the book Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR)

ABA APPROVED
American Bar Association approved law school by attending an ABA approved law school you have the option of sitting for the Bar exam in any state

ADVOCATE
one who pleads the case of another before a court

AHPAT
Allied Health Professions Admission Test

AMCAS
American Medical College Application Service
Centralized application service for applicants applying to participating schools. 109 medical schools participated for the 1995 fall class.

BAR EXAM
a 3-day exam you must take in order to practice law each state has their own exam

BILLABLES (or BILLABLE HOURS)
the procedure by which attorneys keep track of the hours they have spent working on cases and bill their clients for

BLACK'S LAW DICTIONARY
the official dictionary of legal terms

BRIEF
a written statement prepared for a lawsuit to explain one side's case to the judge it usually contains a fact summary, law summary, and an argument about how the law applies to the facts

CALIFORNIA ACCREDITED

California Accredited law schoolby attending a California accredited law school you may take the bar exam for California and any other state with a reciprocity agreement

CAVEAT EMPTOR

Latin for "let the buyer beware"

CITE CHECKING

checking footnotes for content, proper formatting, and general editorial details

CLERKSHIP

the employment of a law student or lawyer in a temporary position by a judge or lawyer the employment of a law student by a lawyer in order for the lawyer to find out whether they want to hire that student permanently or not

COMMON LAW

law developed through judicial decisions

DAT
Dental Admission Testing Program All United States dental schools require applicants to take the DAT.

DATABASES OF FELLOWSHIPS

A large listing of fellowships complied by an organization (usually accessible on-line)

DIRECT RESOURCES

Actual organizations that are offering fellowships are listed under direct resources. A person would contact the organization directly for more information on a given fellowship.

D.P.M
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Doctor of podiatric medicine

EXTERNSHIP

Clerking for a judge during the school year

FELLOWSHIP SEARCH ENGINES
A mechanism available on-line that allows a person to search through a large database of fellowships. During a search, a person can limit the number of findings by selecting criteria that make the search more specific.

FIRM
Private law practice with several lawyers

GLS

Graduate Letter Service A file service: The Graduate Application Letter Service (GLS) is a system of compiling letters of recommendation for students who plan to apply to graduate programs, professional schools of business and law, teaching credential programs, and all health profession degree programs except: medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), podiatry, optometry, and dentistry. IMPLIED
not manifested, but necessary deduction

INTERNSHIP
working for an organization, public or private while you are still in law school

J.D.

Juris Doctoratethe degree you receive when you graduate from law school

LEXIS/WEST LAW

Law school periodical with topical or lead articles about legal profession

LAW REVIEW
Law school periodical with topical or lead articles about legal profession; law students typically serve as editors and writers.

LISTPROC

Short name for for Listprocessor...Listproc is a software package that automates the administration of electronic mail distribution lists. Once the list is created, it can be set up to have users add and remove themselves with little list owner intervention. It has various levels of moderation, so most any user needs can be met. Who can request a listproc mailing list? Information Technology creates listproc mailing lists for faculty (class), departmental, and for recognized student group use.

LIST SERV

It is an electronic mail distribution list where information may be received or given by an organization regarding information or opportunities in your specific area of interest. Some use the lists as a way of distributing current information (pertaining to that interest group) to a large number of individuals. UC Davis departments and organizations have numerous list serv on campus. Some allow interaction, others may only allow you to receive information... it depends on how the list serv is set up. Some lists are open for all to subscribe to, other lists have restricted subscriptions. Check with the list serv you want to subscribe to and find out the setup requirements and restrictions of that particular list serv. L.L.M.
a specialized master's degree in lawone year beyond the J.D.

LSAT

Law School Admissions Testthe admissions test you must take to apply to law schoolthe test is offered four times per

LSDAS
Law School Data Assembly Servicea centralized service which compiles applicant information for the law schools to which you are applying

MCAT
Medical College Admission Test This test, which is required for medical school is given twice a year, once in April and once in August

MSAR
Medical College Admissions Requirements This book provides information on premedical preparation and admission to medical schools in the US and Canada

OAT

Optometry Admission Test(OAT) Required for admission to optometry school PCAT
Pharmacy College Admission Test
Students need to check individual schools to see if this test is required.

PHI ALPHA DELTA
the pre-law fraternity (club) on the UC Davis campus

PLS

Professional Letter Service - For UC Davis students who are applying to to schools/programs in the health professions, law or business programs

PRE-LAW ADVISOR
an advisor in Advising Services specializing in assisting students interested in law school preparation and the application process

PSAR
Pharmacy School Admissions Requirements ROLLING ADMISSION
the admissions process beginning before the final filing deadline; many graduate and professional schools use this processsome law schools use this process

VCAT
Veterinary College Admission Test

VMSAR
Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements

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