IUP Students: Interact with Reps From 16 Law Schools At Law School Fair

Posted on 10/20/2014 12:03:19 PM

Admissions officials from 16 law schools are coming to chat with IUP students at the 28th annual Law School Fair on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 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 Gwen Torges. She said this is an ideal opportunity for anyone who is even casually interested in attending law school some day. “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.”

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:

  • Capital University Law School (Columbus, OH)
  • Drexel University School of Law (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Duquesne University School of Law (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Elon University School of Law (Greensboro, NC)
  • Florida Coastal School of Law (Jacksonville, FL)
  • New York Law School (New York, NY)
  • Ohio Northern University College of Law (Ada, OH)
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law (Carlisle, PA)
  • Penn State Law (University Park, PA)
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (Hamden, CT)
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law (Philadelphia, PA)
  • The John Marshall Law School (Chicago, IL)
  • Villanova University School of Law (Philadelphia, PA)
  • West Virginia University College of Law (Morgantown, WV)
  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Auburn Hills, MI)
  • Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg, PA and Wilmington, DE)

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:

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