How to get the most out of the law fair

Here are some tips for getting the most out of the law fair and some questions to consider asking admissions representatives.

  • Prioritize the list of schools you would like to speak to. Start with the schools you are most interested in first to ensure you have ample time to gather the information you need. You can find a map of the law fair here.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the representatives for their business cards. This will provide you with contact information that you can use in the future to ask questions and gather additional information.
  • Collect informational materials such as viewbooks if they are available. It will be good to have this information after the fair to assist you in making educated decisions.

Questions to Ask:

THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

  • How does your law school review applications?
  • Is there an advantage in applying early? Does your school have “early action” or “early decision?”
  • When do you typically let applicants know about admissions decisions?
  • How do you evaluate multiple LSAT scores in the admission process?
  • How important is it for students to have a law-related internship or job before law school?
  • How important is the personal statement in your admissions process?
  • What percentage of matriculating students have taken time off after college graduation?

CURRICULUM/FACULTY

  • What clinical opportunities are offered at your school?
  • Does your school offer a pre-entry or conditional summer program for applicants whose GPA/LSAT credentials are below the norm? If so, what admission criteria are used?
  • Do you offer law school study abroad programs?
  • Describe areas of specialization in course offerings. What joint degree programs are offered?
  • How are students selected for law journals or law review? How many participate?
  • What is your faculty to student ratio? How would you describe faculty-student relationships?

EMPLOYMENT OF GRADUATES

  • What career services are offered to students and graduates?
  • What percentage of graduating students find jobs? How many find jobs through on-campus recruiting?
  • How do you help students and graduates find jobs outside the region around your school?
  • What kinds of jobs do your graduates take after law school?
  • How much does rank determine the job search success of your graduates?
  • What are the bar passage rates in the state(s) in which most of your graduates take the bar exam?

CHARACTER/ AMBIANCE

  • Describe the physical location of the school.
  • What do students like most about your school? Least?

COSTS/FINANCIAL AID

  • Do you offer merit or need-based scholarships or grants? If so, what criteria do you use?
  • Is continuation of a merit scholarship contingent upon academic performance in law school?
  • How do most of your students pay for law school?
  • What is the cost of attendance at your school? Do you expect a tuition increase?
  • Do you have a loan repayment assistance program for graduates who go into public interest law?
  • What are the criteria and procedures for obtaining state residency status while in law school?