Dr. Marcus Schultz-Bergin
Credit: Dr. Marcus Schultz-Bergin
A longtime philosophy teacher, Dr. Marcus Schultz-Bergin guides future law school and graduate school students with “Philosophy Chats.”

“Philosophy Chats” at CSU may be in the best interest of future law and graduate students

The philosophy department at CSU has been hosting “Philosophy Chats” to help students prepare for and know what to expect from law schools and graduate schools.

Law school and graduate school are two primary destinations for college students who are at the tail end of their undergraduate studies. 

Both may seem daunting, but much of that concern can often stem from not knowing what to expect. 

Dr. Marcus Schultz-Bergin makes sure to do his best in helping students become knowledgeable about their goals after receiving a bachelor’s degree, by hosting “Philosophy Chats.”

The professor of philosophy and comparative religion finds that preparation for either extensive learning process is best if exercised ahead of admission. 

Not only is Schultz-Bergin the product of graduate school, but his knowledge of philosophy in law has made him a go-to mentor for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Juris Doctor. 

“I see it as a part of my general responsibilities to know how the law school thing works,” Schultz-Bergin said, explaining why he hosts the chats.

Other faculty members who have attended are Dr. Sonya Charles, Dr. Tatiana Gracyk and Dr. Michael Wiitala. Each of them also possess expertise in the field of philosophy and comparative religion. 

“If you’re interested in grad school in a different discipline, then hopefully those other departments host something similar for you,” Schultz-Bergin said. “But, applying to schools can be a convoluted process. And it also usually has to start earlier than most students think.” 

As an example, Schultz-Bergin talked about the "personal statement" portion of applying to graduate school or law school, which students often confuse with a list of personal characteristics. 

“Some of what goes on with the application process or preparing for testing is just not actually visible,” Schultz-Bergin said. “For example, exactly what are you supposed to write in a ‘personal statement?’”

For those reasons, attending forums like the Philosophy Chats can be very helpful for students who what to pursue further study after finishing their undergraduate degree. 

Along with discussing many other difficulties in applying for masters-level education, Schultz-Bergin and the rest of the Philosophy Chat hosts look to encourage students to continue planning for their future — before it’s too late.