Is it worth going to an LSAC Forum Event?
With the D.C. forum approaching, this is a popular question. Basically, the LSAC forum consists of 200 tables staffed by various people from most of the country’s law schools. Some are directors of admission, some are students, some are financial aid officers, some are professors who know nothing about admissions but just want an all-expenses-paid trip to D.C. (or N.Y. or Atlanta, you get the picture).
If you are already in the city where the event is taking place, then it’s worth going. I’m not sure it’s worthwhile to drive a couple of hours there, and certainly I wouldn’t spend airfare to go.
If you do go, here are some things that really annoy admission officers (*I know because I used to be one of the people standing behind the table):
1. Asking things that can be learned from the ABA LSAC Official Guide to Law Schools.
2. Asking about rankings, especially U.S. News.
3. Asking things that show you’re clueless like “What’s your medium LSAT score?”
If you’re really interested in a particular school, then stop by for a few minutes. Don’t dominate someone’s time. Get a business card and follow up with a simple thank-you note. Remember that the person you talk with will be taking some notes when you leave the table. They might write “bright kid,” “Professional”, or “High Maintenance”. (If you don’t know, “High Maintenance” is a label you want to avoid throughout the law school admission process.)
Remember, if you have questions about any of my postings, please post a comment and/or an e-mail. And feel free to pass this link to any friends you feel may be interested.