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How to Make the Most of Virtual Admitted Student Events

Published April 21, 2020

2020 has been a whirlwind year so far. With everything going on, we hope that you are still excited about being accepted to law school!  Given the current circumstances, it may be impossible for you to visit law schools for an accepted student visit.

1. Determine the schedule of events and what you want to attend
2. Think of questions to ask
3. Take a virtual tour
4. Follow up

1. Determine the schedule of events and what you want to attend

Many schools are moving their visits online so that accepted students can experience as much of their law school as possible from the safety of their own homes. Some virtual events, such as a virtual tour or a welcome message from the Dean, will most likely be pre-recorded. These “events” you can watch at your leisure. Other events will be live webinars, with the goal of having you interact in real time. The live events will give you a chance to ask questions and hear live from admissions professionals, alumni, faculty, and students. If you are unable to attend live, it is likely that the live recordings will be available after the webinar is over.

Note: Check if the event is going to be a meeting format (your video and audio will potentially be enabled) or a webinar (your video and audio will be potentially be disabled) to make sure you are camera-ready, if necessary.

2. Think of questions to ask

We know, attending virtually is not the same as attending in person, but you probably will have the same questions, if not more, by not being able to visit in person. The panelists and admissions staff are happy to answer any questions you have about the law school experience. Keep in mind that during this panels, you should keep your questions more generic and applicable to everyone, versus very specific questions that only apply to you. For example, if you have questions about a scholarship increase, leave that to an email.

3. Take a virtual tour

Get a feel for the law school by taking a virtual tour. You will be spending a lot of time over the next three years in this building, and having an idea of what the classrooms and library look like can help you to picture yourself there. You can also get a feel for the study spaces and areas where you can relax in between classes.

4. Follow Up

If you are unable to some of the virtual events, or attended them and still have questions, reach out to the Office of Admissions. They are there to give you all of the information you need to make a decision on which law school is the best fit for you. During these unique times, you probably have a lot of questions, and it is important that they are answered.

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Amber Melvin, Esq. '13, is Assistant Director of Admissions and a graduate of the UB School of Law.


Office of Admissions
University at Buffalo School of Law
309 O'Brian Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260