Published January 18, 2023
You’re ready to consider law school! Maybe you’re an undergraduate student, or perhaps you’ve been working for a few years and you’re now looking to start your legal education. Regardless, getting to know the law schools where you’ll apply is an important step in your journey to law school. Every school has something unique to offer, so it’s important to do your research and make sure when it comes time to make a decision, you’re making the best one for you. Here are some ways to learn about each school, the benefits of each option, and how to make the most of your research!
Depending on the school, virtual and in-person options might be offered. Having an in-person meeting gives you a great chance to get a feel for the campus. Short on time or it isn’t feasible to travel to all the schools that interest you? Select a virtual option! It’s still a great way to connect with an admissions representative and get your questions answered.
The most comprehensive of all recruitment events, Open Houses, typically feature content about the application process, law school curriculum, as well as financial aid, and scholarship opportunities. These events can also feature current law students and alumni, who are able to provide insight into the path to law school, discuss why they chose the school, and life as a law student.
Virtual Info Sessions are the most effective way to use your time and maximize your knowledge about a school and their admissions procedures. Typically, these info sessions are presentations from an admissions representative followed by a Question & Answer portion. Presentations often cover: an overview of the school and program(s), the law school curriculum, student experience, application process, and financial aid.
Tours are guided walks through the law school. Typically, tours can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes, and are provided by staff or current students. Ask ahead of time how long the tour will take if you’re visiting in-person, or if there is a virtual option if you can’t make it there just yet. Touring facilities, regardless of the format, gives you a feel for a school, its strengths, and what it would be like to be a student there.
A truly immersive experience, you get to visit a doctrinal (1L) course. These courses are large lecture formats, with approximately 75 students, half of the 1L cohort.
Learn more about the law school admissions process and School of Law community through an individual meeting with one of our staff members.