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Making the Most of Law School Day

When deciding whether, where, and when to study law, it is important to learn as much as you can about different programs. Prepare a list of questions to review with admissions representatives from schools of interest to you at Law School Day. The following areas of consideration can help you create a list of questions on issues that are important to you.

National and Regional Schools

  • Does the school attract applicants from across the country and abroad, or are most students from the region in which the school is located?
  • Do most students want to work throughout the country or in the school's region following graduation?

Admissions Criteria

  • Which does the school value more, GPA or LSAT score? Will the school use the highest LSAT score or an average of multiple scores?
  • If the school is a state school, does it give in-state preference?
  • How much does the school value subjective factors, such as personal statements or letters of recommendation?
  • What additional factors are important?

Faculty

  • What are their academic training and experiential backgrounds?
  • Number of full-time vs. adjunct faculty?
  • Student-faculty ratio?
  • Number of female and minority faculty?

Facilities and Resources

  • Do students have access to courses from a range of academic disciplines to supplement the legal curriculum?
  • Is the library large enough to accommodate the schools' holdings and allow students to conduct research and study?
  • How helpful is the library staff?
  • In general, do the facilities provide a comfortable learning environment?

Student Body

  • What undergraduate schools have they attended?
  • From what geographic regions do they come?
  • Is there diversity in interests and personal/cultural backgrounds?
  • How competitive are students?

Special Programs

  • What coursework is available in specialized areas, such as international or environmental law?
  • What types of internships are available related to special programs?
  • Are there specialized institutes or journals in students' areas of interest?

Career Services

  • What types of positions have recent graduates chosen after graduation?
  • What resources are available to assist with job searches?
  • What assistance is given if students are interested in a public interest position?
  • How many employers recruit in the law school, who are they, and where are they located?

Cost

  • What are tuition, housing, and transportation costs?
  • How much financial assistance is available?
  • Are merit-based awards available?

The Cornell Career Services Legal Careers Guide is also a good resource for helping you manage the information-gathering and application processes.