Meeting You On and Off the Road

by Faye Shealy

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Fall is our primary recruitment travel season and the time application review begins.  I have had the joy of traveling north, south, east (only a short distance in that direction) and west for LSAC Forums and school sponsored law fairs and panels.  It has been a joy to meet many aspiring law students face to face while on the road.  In addition, many of you have visited William & Mary Law School for student-led tours, class observations, individual meetings with admission deans and to see lovely historic Williamsburg.  My introduction to many of you has been through your applications for admission to William & Mary.  In person and on paper, you are an impressive and accomplished group!  Your life experiences, academic achievements, innovative extracurricular activities, multiple honors, public service, passions and ambitions are of great interest.  I can make an argument for admission on most all of the applications read thus far.  You are interesting and keep the readers interested.

It’s great to meet you on and off the road – and I’m lovin’ it!

See you in D.C.!

by Jennifer Thurston

It is official: travel season has started! While most recruitment events are held in the fall, it all starts in Washington D.C. with the LSAC forum on June 19, 2010.  I will be there waving the W&M flag (table 212, if you want to stop by and say hello!). We participate in a number of recruitment events throughout the country for those who are not able to travel to Williamsburg. These events are a wonderful opportunity to get to know a school in a more personal way; speaking with an admission professional is a totally different experience than clicking through a website or flipping through a publication. So, if you are thinking about law school, scope out an event near you!

What Time Is It? It’s Law School Forum Time!

by Faye Shealy

Are you thinking about going to law school? Do you have lots of questions? LSAC Forums and Forum Workshops are just for you! Representatives from William & Mary Law School and most other law schools will be attending and welcome your inquiries. Best of all, admission is free! The first Forum is scheduled in Washington DC on Saturday, June 27. Fall Forums are scheduled in Miami (September 12), New York City (October 9 & 10), Boston (October 12), Chicago ( October 17) and Atlanta ( October 23 & 24).  If your schedule permits, come with your questions and leave with answers!

The William & Mary Law School location for the DC Forum on June 27 is Table #460. In addition, everyday is information day at William & Mary Law School! Should you prefer an individual meeting in Williamsburg, we would love to schedule meeting time with you.  We welcome the opportunity to meet you!  Le Yaca (Let’s do it)!

Traveling Women

by Jennifer Thurston

While the idea of “fall” may make you think of turning leaves, pumpkins, and apple cider, to a W&M Law School Admissions Dean, it means travel, travel, and more travel! Dean Shealy and I travel all around the country this time of year to meet with prospective students at fairs and forums and spread the William & Mary love. I have just returned from Atlanta, my very first forum, and luckily, I avoided any traveling mishaps. The Atlanta forum was certainly a learning experience for me, but I’ve also compiled a list of tips for you:

  1. Don’t just grab a viewbook and bolt like you stole it – talk to us! It’s lonely on the road and we all love talking to interested students. This is your opportunity to talk to a real person, instead of relying on a publication or website; take advantage of it! If you’re nervous, don’t worry; we get nervous talking to you too.
  2. If you had a great experience with a law school representative, let us know! I love having thank you emails waiting in my inbox when I return home.
  3. Do your research. Forums and fairs offer the fantastic opportunity of having representatives from law schools all over the country in one place, all waiting to talk to you! You can get a list of participating schools beforehand from the LSAC website, as well as a map to show where each school will be located. Try to research schools before you get there, so you’re already armed with basic knowledge (like LSAT medians, types of programs, etc.) and you can then use your time talking to the law school representatives to figure out whether their school is the best school for you.
  4. Contrary to the advice in #3, visit a couple of schools that you don’t know much about. You might walk away from their table thinking that you have found your law school.

If you’re interested in William & Mary Law, come out and see us! Here is our forum schedule:

  • September 20th: Miami LSAC Forum (Dean Thurston)
  • September 26th-27th: New York LSAC Forum (Dean Shealy)
  • September 29th: Boston LSAC Forum (Dean Shealy)
  • October 11th: Chicago LSAC Forum (Dean Thurston)

We’ll also be traveling to over twenty college campuses for graduate and professional school fairs this fall; check with your school to see if we’re visiting you! What about the West Coasters, you ask? We’ll be there for LSAC forums early next year.

Hope to see you there!