Proper Decorum at an LSAC Law School Forum
Sign up for a Law School Forum or recruitment Fair on your campus. Why? Because it’s your best opportunity to meet many representatives from law schools in the span of an hour or two. You will learn a great deal about different schools and perhaps score an application fee waiver or two from schools where you’d planned to apply anyway. For dates of events coming up in the next two months, see http://www.lsac.org/
If you’d like to know more about what to expect from attending a law school Forum, start by reading this two-page PDF sheet “Getting the Most out of an LSAC Forum” put together by LSAC.
Remember why the law schools are at the event: to get as many people as possible to apply to their law school. There will be lines to talk with admission representatives, and you shouldn’t hog anyone’s attention – this is not your chance for an interview. If your numbers are in range, a school may try the additional inducement of inviting you to apply to their school for free.
The tables are manned, if you are lucky, by directors and assistant directors of admission and/or financial aid. Sometimes schools hire a recent graduate of the law school for this purpose. Collect contact information from the people you meet so that you have someone to follow up with later if you have questions and so you can mention the person (if you had a meaningful interaction) in your application to the school.
Will they remember you? If you are a super star who caught their attention, they will put a little star by your name. If you were annoying, weird, argumentative, or asked stupid questions, they will make a note of that as well.
You don’t need to wear a suit, but don’t dress for the clubs or gym either.
You don’t need to bring a resume; if anyone wants to see a resume, you can send it after the event as a follow-up.
Your time will be best spent if you arrive with a list of schools you hope to target, but always make time for a few that catch your eye and you can use the opportunity to learn more.
Ann Levine is the author of the best selling law school admission guide book: The Law School Admission Game and made admissions decisions at two ABA-approved law schools. In 2004 she founded Law School Expert and has helped thousands of applicants navigate the tough process to get into law school. She has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, US News, Above the Law, Blueprint Prep, and more.
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