IUP Students Can Interact With 16 Law Schools at Law School Fair

Posted on 10/14/2013 1:12:09 PM

Admissions officials from 16 law schools are coming to chat with IUP students at the 27th Annual Law School Fair on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Blue Room of Sutton Hall.

“This is a great mix of law schools,” said political science faculty member Dr. Gwen Torges. She said this is an ideal opportunity for anyone who is even casually interested in one day attending law school. “Schools from across the country and with different specializations will give students a good start at selecting what law schools they want to apply to."

A representative of Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions is also sending a representative to speak with students about preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which prospective law school students must take. Kaplan is a company which offers a variety of services and materials to help students prepare for the LSAT.

The law schools registered to attend the Law School Fair are:

  • Albany Law School (Albany, NY)
  • Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Duquesne University School of Law (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Florida Coastal School of Law (Jacksonville, FL)
  • New York Law School (New York, NY)
  • Notre Dame Law School (Notre Dame, IN)
  • Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law (Ada, OH)
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law (University Park and Carlisle, PA)
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (Hamden, CT)
  • Regent University School of Law (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Roger Williams University School of Law (Bristol, RI)
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (Detroit, MI)
  • Villanova University School of Law (Villanova, PA)
  • West Virginia University College of Law (Morgantown, WV)
  • Western New England University School of Law (Springfield, MA)
To make the most out of a visit to the Law School Fair, Torges recommended that students come

prepared with questions for the law school representatives.  “This is a chance to see what each school is really like,” she said.

Torges suggested that students considered asking such questions as the following:

  1. What’s the average class size and the faculty to student ratio?
  2. What type of internships, externships, and legal clinics does the school offer?
  3. Are there opportunities for international study?
  4. What’s the cost?
  5. Does the school offer loan repayment programs for grads taking low-income service jobs?
  6. Does the program offer interdisciplinary opportunities (such as the option of getting a joint J.D./M.A. or J.D./Ph.d?)
  7. If you’re thinking about going part time, does the school offer part-time programs?
  8. What percentage of students are find JD-required jobs after they graduate, and what is the average time from graduation to employment?
  9. What kinds of placement services does the school provide?

IUP's Law School Fair is co-sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and by the Political Science Department.​