In addition to providing access to more than 170 ABA-approved law schools, LSAC Law School Forums offer exclusive workshops covering some of the following areas.
What is an LSAC Law School Forum? Begin your day at the forum by figuring out how to maximize your time here. Be prepared and make the most of your face-to-face opportunity with law school representatives by learning
- which questions would be more productive to ask to begin a conversation, and
- how to map out your day to take advantage of the workshops and meet all of the law schools on your list.
About the LSAT
This workshop provides a brief overview of the LSAT from a writer of the actual test. A member of LSAC’s test development team will provide insight into
- the different question types and how to approach each type,
- basic suggestions on how to best prepare for the LSAT, and
- free online personalized LSAT prep developed by LSAC and the Khan Academy.
In addition, the test developer will be available to answer individual questions about the test at the LSAC information table.
From the Law School Deans: Why Law School and Why Now?
A panel of law school deans will discuss why you should go to law school. They will describe the academic experience and some of the benefits and career opportunities available to someone with a law degree. You will be able to ask questions and learn how you can become a part of the movement to advance the future of justice and the rule of law.
The Application Process
Planning to apply to law school can feel overwhelming. This workshop covers the elements basic to the application process such as
- scheduling and timing,
- the LSAT,
- the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS),
- personal statements,
- school visits, and
- the decision-making process.
LSAC’s workshop-exclusive video, Applying to Law School, will be shown, followed by a question-and-answer period. Law school admission representatives will serve as panelists to answer your questions.
Questions to Ask
- How does your law school review applications?
- What do you look for in a personal statement?
- Does your school accept addenda such as optional essays or diversity or grade-explanation statements? How do I submit these documents?
- What kinds of recommendations are most helpful?
- Is there an advantage in applying early?
Financing a Legal Education (US Forums Only)
How do I pay for law school? What can I do to minimize my student loan debt? Financing a Legal Education, an LSAC-exclusive workshop, is presented by a financial aid expert who has helped students navigate borrowing and repaying student loans for more than 20 years. This must-attend session will guide you through the financial aid application process and will teach you how to figure out how much to borrow. The session will cover:
- What aid is available?
- How to qualify for federal student loan programs
- Credit worthiness and future indebtedness
- Thinking about repayment before you borrow
If you have additional questions about financing a legal education, make sure to visit the Financial Aid Information table, located near the law school fair. The financial aid expert will be available here to answer individual questions.
Diversity Information Panel
Law schools are interested in recruiting students who reflect the rich diversity of our country. Depending on the law school, diversity may include such characteristics as race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, or socioeconomic status. These characteristics are sought to create a diverse law school class.
This workshop is an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to get general advice about admission policies and application procedures. Attending the session will allow you to understand the specific challenges that students from diverse backgrounds face. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the law school admission representatives on the panel.
Questions to Ask
- What part should my diverse background play in my personal statement? And, if the law school has an optional diversity statement, what should I highlight to make it different from my personal statement?
- Does diversity include life experience, special talents, skills, and other factors?
- What should I know about writing a diversity statement versus a personal statement?
- If I need accommodations, how should I approach the law school for assistance and support?
What Do Lawyers Do?
Attorneys representing a diverse cross section of practice areas will serve as panelists to discuss career opportunities in the legal profession. Panelists will describe their career paths and their day-to-day work, and offer insight into the skills needed to represent clients effectively. This panel will be especially helpful if you haven’t had the opportunity to interact with or ask questions of practicing attorneys.
Your Questions Answered: Workshop for Applicants to LLM Programs
This workshop will answer key questions about LLM programs and the application process. The speakers are admission officers at US law schools who have experience advising candidates who were trained outside of the US. You will learn about
- researching and identifying LLM programs that fit your needs and career goals,
- navigating the application process,
- the various means to finance the cost of an LLM program, and
- the process for qualifying for a bar exam.
The workshop concludes with a question-and-answer period so that you have the opportunity to get all of the information you need.
National Committee on Accreditation Workshop (Toronto Only)
The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is a standing committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The mandate of the NCA is to help Canada’s law societies protect the public interest by assessing the legal education and professional experience of individuals who obtained their credentials outside of Canada or in a Canadian civil law program. An assessment is done before an individual may apply for admission to a law society in a Canadian common law jurisdiction, and is based on the academic and professional profile of each applicant.
This workshop will help explain the mandate, policies, and procedures of the NCA, highlighting the application and assessment processes and explaining how internationally educated lawyers may demonstrate equivalency to a Canadian common law, law school graduate.
Canadian Lawyers Pursuing Graduate Studies in North America (Toronto Only)
This workshop will answer key questions about LLM programs and the application process. The panelists are admission representatives from Canadian law schools who have experience advising LLM candidates. You will learn how best to research and identify LLM programs that fit your needs and career goals and get advice about the application process. The session will include a question-and-answer period.
Once you establish your online LSAC account, you can register for a law school forum and use it for future LSAC transactions as well.