Future JD Students

 Choosing a Law School

NOTE: Complete details about the 2012 Law School Forums, including specific event times and information about workshops, will be posted when they are available.

Forum 101

Begin the forum experience with this workshop on how to get the most from this chance to talk with law school representatives. Receive insider tips on which questions are the most productive; hear ideas on mapping the day to take advantage of workshops on admission, financial aid, and the LSAT; and learn about lesser-known forum resources—such as free counseling with prelaw advisors and a panel discussion with local attorneys.

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About the LSAT

View Video: About the LSAT

A member of the Law School Admission Council's test development staff will provide a brief overview of the test. Included will be insight into the different question types and how to approach them, as well as basic suggestions on how to best prepare for the LSAT. In addition to the session, the LSAC test developer will be available to answer individual questions about the test. Times for individual questions will be announced at the forum.

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The Application Process

The application process workshop will be featured at this year's forums. The application process workshop will cover the elements basic to applying to law school such as self-assessment, scheduling and timing, the LSAT, the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS), personal statements, letters of recommendation, school visits, and the decision-making process. LSAC's video Getting There: Three Paths to Law School will be shown, followed by a question-and-answer period. Law school admission professionals will serve on the panels to answer questions from participants.

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Financing a Legal Education

The financial aid workshop will cover what aid is available, the loan application process, qualifying for federal and private loan programs, credit worthiness, and future indebtedness.

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Diversity Information Panel

View Video: Diversity Workshop

Law schools are interested in recruiting students who reflect rich diversity. Depending on the law school, diversity may include such characteristics as race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, and socioeconomic status. The diversity information panel is an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to ask panelists for general advice about admission policies and application procedures. Attending these question-and-answer sessions is not a substitute for visiting law school representatives during forum hours, but they will allow participants to ask questions about the many unique challenges faced by students from diverse backgrounds.

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What Do Lawyers Do?

View Video: Lawyers Workshop

A panel of attorneys representing a diverse cross-section of practice areas will inform participants about the profession. Panelists will describe their career paths and offer details on the skills needed to represent clients effectively. This panel will be especially helpful to participants who do not know practicing lawyers.

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National Committee on Accreditation Workshop

The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is a standing committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The mandate of the NCA is to help Canada's law societies protect the public interest by assessing the legal education and professional experience of individuals who obtained their credentials outside of Canada or in a Canadian civil law program. An assessment is done before an individual may apply for admission to a law society in a Canadian common law jurisdiction, and is based on the academic and professional profile of each applicant. This presentation will explain the mandate, policies and procedures of the NCA, highlighting the application and assessment processes, and explaining how foreign educated lawyers may demonstrate equivalency to a Canadian common law, law school graduate.

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