So You’re Going to Visit Law Schools: Part One

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Visiting a class is a great way to see how professors interact with students!

Here’s an important question: What is the best way to get a feel for what a law school is really like? The answer? Schedule a campus visit!

It’s hard to know what the classroom environment, campus culture, and student-faculty interactions at a school are like until you experience them for yourself. Do you thrive in a supportive environment where you can get to know faculty and fellow students on a personal level? Or do you perform best under the pressure of a more competitive atmosphere? Do you crave the slower pace and easy living of a college town? Or do you need the go, go, go of a city?

Every law school has its own personality. Your goal as a visiting prospective student should be to find the personality that meshes best with your learning style and social comfort zone. In this two-part series, we’ll explore some of the things you should think about when planning your law-school visits.

Here are some things to consider before you head to campus:

  1. What is the school’s visit procedure? Most admission offices will want you to schedule your visit in advance by signing up on the school’s website. Some may allow for drop-in visitors, but it’s always better to register ahead of time if you can. Drop-ins may miss out on class observations, student interactions, and meetings with admission office personnel. Check out the admissions website and be sure to follow the school’s instructions for registering for your visit.
  2. What kind of visit will this be? Many schools offer meetings with members of the admission office during your visit. An important thing to know ahead of time is whether this is an
    informational meeting or a formal interview that will be used as part of the admission process. If it’s the former, treat the meeting as an informal Q&A with an expert on law school admissions. It’s a great opportunity to get all your burning questions answered! If it’s the latter (and the school should let you know if that’s the case), approach the meeting as you would an important job interview. Dress in professional attire, do your research ahead of time, practice your elevator speech, and be sure you know why you’d love to attend that school!
  3. When will you go? Obviously, you’ll want to pick a time that works for you, but if at all possible, schedule your visit when classes are in session. Don’t visit on a weekend or during holidays and breaks. You want to see the school in action and interact with as many people as possible.
  4. Do you visit before your decision or after? Another important consideration – will you wait until you know your admission decision or visit before you find out? If you have the time, then by all means, visit early! But at the very least, you should visit every school you have been admitted to and are seriously considering attending. As mentioned above, there is just no better way to know whether or not you will feel comfortable at that school. You need to visit to find your best fit!

Next time in Part 2…the Dos and Don’ts of law school visits.

Have Viewbooks, Will Travel: William & Mary Law School On the Road

It’s FINALLY that time of year – travel season! In just two short weeks, members of the Admission Office will say goodbye to Williamsburg and set off across the country to meet with some of our favorite people – prospective students! It’s one of our favorite times of year and we can’t wait to meet you.

We do our best to be the face of William & Mary all the time, but when we are unable to be at a college or university in person, we have fantastic alumni around the country who help us. We’ll be sad to miss you, but you get the added benefit of hearing first hand experiences of what life is like as a W&M Law student! Here’s a few places you can expect to see William & Mary Law School this year – and be sure to check out the “Meet Us On the Road” page for updates as schedules can change.

September

Virginia

  • Boston Law Fair – September 15
  • Virginia Tech – September 24
  • Washington & Lee- September 25
  • James Madison University – September 25
  • University of Virginia – September 26
  • Christopher Newport University – September 26
  • Old Dominion University – September 27
  • William & Mary – September 28

Around the Country

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin – September 24
  • University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York – September 24
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, New York – September 24
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa – September 25
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York – September 25
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island – September 25
  • University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Illinois – September 26
  • Binghamton University – SUNY, Binghamton, New York – September 26
  • Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee – September 26
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana – September 27
  • Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri – September 27
  •  Chicago LSAC Forum, Chicago, Illinois – September 29

October

Virginia

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, October 4
  • Virginia Wesleyan University, October 4
  • Hampton University – October 16
  • Virginia State University – October 25
  • Norfolk State University – October 31

Around the Country

  • Los Angeles LSAC Forum, Los Angeles, California – October 6
  • Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana – October 9
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan – October 10
  • Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida – October 11
  • University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida – October 11
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft Meyers, Florida – October 12
  • Miami LSAC Forum, Miami, Florida – October 13
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina – October 16
  • Washington DC Law School Fair, Washington, DC – October 16
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland – October 16
  • Philadelphia Law Fair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – October 17
  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware – October 17
  • Drexel University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – October 17
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia – October 17
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – October 18
  • Atlanta LSAC Forum, Atlanta, Georgia – October 19
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina – October 22
  • Brandeis University, Waltham Massachusetts – October 22
  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio – October 22
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado – October 22
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee – October 22
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan – October 23
  • Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania – October 23
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah – October 23
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas – October 23
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah – October 24
  • Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey – October 24
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut – October 24
  • University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida – October 24
  • Columbia University, New York, New York – October 25
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio – October 25
  • University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona – October 25
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona – October 26
  • New York LSAC Forum, New York, New York – October 26 & 27

November

Virginia

  • University of Lynchburg – November 6

Around the Country