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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.