What is a Law School Forum?
LSAC Law School Forums are open-house style recruitment events for prospective JD law students and those thinking about pursuing an LLM degree. At a forum, you have an opportunity to connect face-to-face with representatives from law schools around the country and ask questions to help you further your application process.
Each US forum is attended by over 170 law schools from around the country. While at a forum, you can also attend LSAC-exclusive admission workshops to help you become more familiar with the LSAT and the testing process from the test developers; get advice about ways to finance your legal education; meet practicing attorneys and learn their strategies for professional success; and learn more from the diversity information panel about the unique challenges that may face students from diverse backgrounds. For LLM candidates, there is a dedicated workshop just for you!
Where are the Law School Forums being held this year?
I’m interested in pursuing an LLM degree; are there any forums I can attend?
Anyone interested in pursuing an LLM degree is welcome to attend any forum! Law school representatives will be available to talk personally with you about the application process for U.S. or foreign-trained LLM candidates.
How do I register for a Law School Forum?
Each year, forum registration opens in the spring. To register, create an account on LSAC.org. Then click Forums in the top menu bar. Click the Register/View Forums button. Then click the Register button associated with the forum you wish to attend. Review the registration form and click Register to complete the registration process.
Do I have to set up an account at LSAC.org to attend a forum?
Yes. In addition to signing up to attend a forum, you will use your account throughout the application process to
• register for the LSAT,
• receive your LSAT score early by email,
• use the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and
• apply online to law schools.
Do I have to answer every question in the registration process?
Items with an asterisk (*) are required fields. All other fields are optional, and you can simply click Submit to finish the process. Although requested, your Social Security number is not required to complete the initial LSAC account set up. However, this information is needed eventually so that LSAC can match your online account to other records and items such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, and LSAT score reports.
How should I plan my day at the Law School Forum?
LSAC Law School Forums are open-house style; you can arrive at any time and leave at any time during the scheduled forum hours. Most attendees spend from several hours up to an entire day. This allows time to attend LSAC-exclusive workshops as well as time to meet with law school representatives. Be sure to check the workshop times in advance. A list of participating schools will also be available in advance of each forum to help with your planning.
How do I prepare to talk with the law school representatives?
Your face-to-face time with the law school representatives is the most important activity of the day. The representatives you’ll meet could be an admission dean, a faculty member, a recent graduate of the law school, or even a current student. These representatives will not speculate on your personal chances of admission, although you can ask general questions such as the qualifications and profiles of admitted students. Law school representatives can also talk to you about their programs, facilities, student body, and any other questions you may have that will help you to decide whether to apply.
Use the LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools to learn more about schools that interest you, and create a set of questions to ask law school representatives.
Questions to Ask
Consider questions that would provide you with information beyond what you can find on the law school website, such as:
- What do you look for in a personal statement?
- What is the law school experience like for diverse students?
- How would you describe faculty-student relationships?
- What percentage of graduates practice in the region around your school?
- What do students like most about your school? Least?
- What on- and off-campus housing opportunities are available for students?
How do I find the law schools I want to visit?
A list of participating law schools for JD and LLM candidates will be posted on LSAC.org prior to a forum. We recommend you review this list and start to think about which law school you would like to learn about. When you check in at the forum, you will be provided with a table location map of the law schools in attendance that day. Scan the map and identify the table numbers for the schools you plan to visit. This will help you keep track of your progress.
Forums can be crowded; it would help your experience if you remain flexible about the order in which you visit the law schools. If a particular table—or even aisle—looks very busy, detour to another area. The table location map will help you find your way back to visit your “don’t miss” schools.
How do I make the most of my time at the forum?
Begin your forum experience by attending the Forum 101 workshop! In this session, law school representatives advise you about how to have a productive day at the forum. Receive insider tips on which questions are the most productive and hear ideas on mapping out your day to take advantage of workshops on admission, financial aid, and the LSAT.
What should I wear?
There is no official dress code. However, since you’ll be meeting with law school representatives, you’ll want to project a confident and professional image. We recommend following a “business casual” dress code. For example, a button-down shirt and slacks or a cardigan paired with a skirt or slacks.
Do I need to bring my résumé or transcript?
Leave those documents at home. You should, however, bring a list of questions you want to ask law school representatives that would help you further your law school search. Don’t forget to bring your personalized schedule and the list of schools you would like to meet face-to-face.
I am hearing-impaired. Will I be able to attend the forum?
LSAC offers aids for those with visual or hearing impairments as long as you provide adequate notice. To make arrangements, call 215.968.1001 or email events@LSAC.org.
How many law schools will be represented at a forum?
On average, representatives from over 170 ABA-approved law schools will be in attendance at Law School Forums in US cities. There is an average of over 100 US and Canadian law schools in attendance at the Toronto Law School Forum.
How many admission workshops should I attend at the forum?
There is not a set number of admission workshops you need to attend. Here is a complete list of workshop descriptions. If you’re still not sure, make time to begin your forum experience by attending the Forum 101 workshop.