You've attended a Law School Fair. What now? Congratulations on starting your law school journey. We want to emphasize that as much as the websites and marketing materials would have you believe otherwise, there is no such thing as a perfect law school. The law school application process is all about fit—finding a law school that is a good match for you based on your interests, abilities, values, aspirations, and preferences, both social and academic. For many, that process begins at an LSAC Forum or any other Law School or Graduate School Fair. Here are three recommended actions all students should take after attending one of these events:
- Follow Up With The Admissions Rep – Take note of the people you are meeting and follow up with a professional email thanking him or her for their time and reminding them who you are. The recruiter is meeting hundreds of people per week (or sometimes a day at a forum event) and might not automatically remember you. In the event that you had a lengthy conversation with one or more of the law school reps, it never hurts to thank them for their time. While you probably were not the only student they spoke to, this simple act has the potential to leave a big impression. Keep it short, polite, and professional.
- Organize Your Law School Information – It could be tempting to toss all the viewbooks in a pile, but I recommend organizing and identifying which law schools were your favorites. Did you find a diamond in the rough? Did you talk to a law school that wasn’t on your radar? Organizing that school’s information in relation to your other top choices makes your decision process even more dynamic. In addition, look over any handwritten notes you took at the forum. Revise any sloppy notes to avoid confusion later on. You should also take a moment to include any points you may have forgotten to write down while they are still fresh in your mind. This will help you when it's time to get all of your paperwork together for the application stage of this process.
- Visit Your Top Law Schools – You've met the reps, you’ve read the viewbooks and you’ve visited their websites. Now is the time to get out and visit all the law schools you plan on applying to if you haven’t already. This is a great opportunity for you to experience student life and feel the campus environment before making the big commitment to attend. Don't limit your visit to the formal tour and information session. Read the notices posted on the bulletin boards. What are the upcoming events on campus? Walkthrough the library and see how the students are studying. There is no better way to determine if a law school is a good fit for you than to immerse yourself in the law school’s culture.
Finally, congratulate yourself! Navigating a law school forum/fair is no easy feat. You’re well on your way to finding your best-fit law school. Are you ready to visit Florida Coastal School of Law? We have an assortment of opportunities that we're sure will fit your schedule and needs so that you will have the chance to visit our campus and speak with the Office of Admissions. To find out when our next campus visit day will be hosted or to see our other campus visit opportunities, please visit: https://www.fcsl.edu/admissions-visiting-applicants.