With law school admissions in full swing, applicants are faced with one of the most difficult academic decisions imaginable: which school is the right choice. There are obviously a tremendous number of factors in play--from regional vs national considerations to scholarships to school-specific dynamics like student life and specialty programs--and we've discussed those factors previously, but in this post I want to suggest another avenue by which valuable information can be gathered and assessed: LSAC Law School Forums.LSAC forums are live recruitment events that allow applicants to interact directly with representatives from dozens of law schools around the country, and have their questions answered by admissions officials who make admit decisions for those schools. The forums also give schools the opportunity to make a personal connection with potential attendees, and showcase features the schools believe to be unique and attractive. So really it's a two-way street, where applicants and schools alike are able to get to know each other better, and do some self-promotion at the same time.The forums also include a series of workshops on a number of key admissions points, such as diversity, LSAT study tips, and even financing a legal education. So you're able to go beyond the meet-and-greet discussions and gather some critical information central to your own application needs.
A list of upcoming forums can be found here, but for convenience sake I've included the list below, as well.
Law School Recruitment Forum Cities
- Bay Area
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Washington, DC
- Canada (Toronto, ON)
- How does the admission process work?
- What is the best way to prepare for the LSAT?
- How can you finance your legal education?
- What law schools are best for you?
- Do you have the ability and educational background that will help you succeed in law school?
- What will a legal education train you to do?
- How is diversity encouraged in law school and the legal system?
And if a forum doesn't seem like the most appropriate event to get your questions answered, LSAC also offers law school fairs where you can also interact with law school representatives from schools in your region (the difference seems to be that fairs are more school-specific, while forums are more broadly about admissions and the application process). Further, PowerScore representatives are often in attendance at these law school fairs, so if you get a chance to say hello we'd love to meet you!
A frequently-updated list of law school fairs is provided on the LSAC site, and also below:
- Far West—California, Hawaii, Nevada
- Great Lakes—Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
- Midsouth—Delaware; Kentucky; Maryland; North Carolina; Tennessee; Virginia; Washington, DC; West Virginia
- Midwest—Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
- Mountain West—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
- Northeast—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
- Northwest—Alaska, Oregon, Washington
- South Central—Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
- Southeast—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Puerto Rico
Applying to law school is an incredibly stressful, and often incredibly daunting, experience, so anything that can be done to humanize the process and take you from an anonymous set of numbers (LSAT score, GPA, resume, etc.) to an actual person with hopes and goals and individual desires is well worth pursuing. With LSAC forums and fairs you have the chance to give, and get, some one-on-one time with a number of schools and thus make a much more informed decision than you otherwise could. So please consider this opportunity; it's a great way to begin building a relationship with your eventual alma mater.
Questions or comments about LSAC recruitment events? Let us know below!
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