How To Make The Most of Virtual Recruiting Events
With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging on, in-person events have all turned virtual.
That includes recruiting and admissions events. Gisele Joachim, Director of LSAC Ambassadors, spoke with Reggie McGahee, associate dean of student affairs, admissions, and financial aid at Howard University School of Law, and Kristen Juhan, a former law student and participant in LSAC’s forums who is now a practicing corporate lawyer, on a few best practices to maximize virtual events.
DO SUFFICIENT RESEARCH
Prior to any recruitment or admissions event, experts recommend taking time to get basic questions answered.
“Before the event, contact your preferred schools or visit their websites to get answers to basic questions, such as admission requirements and the median LSAT score and GPA of recently admitted applicants,” Joachim writes.
CONNECT WITH SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES
Events will feature hundreds of law schools – all with a number of workshops on anything from financial aid to the LSAT. And because everything will be virtual this year, making a strong connection is more important than ever.
“Engage, ask insightful questions (as opposed to asking about the school’s ranking or your admission chances), and follow up via email,” Daniel Waldman, of US News, writes.
To think of insightful questions, McGahee and Juhan recommend brainstorming what’s important to you then coming up with questions, such as those below, that get to the heart of your passion:
“Are there clinics at a school that are oriented toward your areas of interest? What about externship opportunities? What’s the alumni network like? Does the school help with career placement?”
MARKET YOURSELF PROFESSIONALLY
These events offer you an opportunity to connect with admissions officers from a variety of law schools. Think of the event much like you would a formal interview.
“Make sure your interest in law and the school is clear, and practice your professionalism,” Joachim writes. “Also embrace the opportunity to network, both at the event and in follow-up communications.”