Deciding where to apply to law school?

May 18, 2009
Joy Leff

You’re in luck. There are a plethora of opportunities available to help you explore potential law schools. Yes, you can read about the schools in publications and online, but I believe that the best way to really get to know a law school is to visit it, or at least speak with representatives from there. Two of the most valuable alternatives are listed below. Please, please, please take advantage of these valuable resources.

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Law School Forums
The Law School Admission Council offers Law School Forums in nine cities around the country, and the good news is that admission is free. The majority of the law schools send representatives, and you have the wonderful opportunity to talk face-to-face with them and ask any and all questions you may have. If you live in New York, and you wish to look at schools in California, Florida, Texas and Washington, you can accomplish this without getting on an airplane. While you’re at the Forum, be sure to check out the LSAC-sponsored workshops on such topics as financial aid, the admissions process and the LSAT. For complete information about locations, dates, workshops and registration, see the LSAC website:

Law Schools Visits
Law schools provide a number of options to make it easy for you to visit the school, e.g., attending open houses and information sessions, taking guided tours and sitting in on first-year classes. Once again, visiting a law school provides you with a chance to speak directly with Admissions and Financial Aid Officers, faculty and students. Is the law school located on a campus or in the middle of the city? Near public transportation? Is it a modern or traditional facility? Are the people you pass in the hallway friendly and welcoming, or cold and aloof? Most likely you’ll need to make an appointment ahead of time, so be sure to look on each school’s website for full details.

You are going to be investing a lot of time and money pursuing your law school education. Do the utmost to ensure that the school is the right fit. We want you to enjoy the ride.

Joy Leff

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