3 Ways To Find The Right Law School

With the new normal of COVID-19, in-person tours of law schools are now limited. Schools such as UCLA and Stanford Law are offering virtual tour options for prospective students to learn more about what their programs have to offer. But, in the time of COVID-19, what other ways can prospective students learn about law school offerings?

Gabriel Kuris, founder of Top Law Coach and contributor at US News, recently discussed three ways applicants can figure out whether or not a law school is a good fit.

ONLINE RESEARCH

When looking at a law school’s website, Kuris recommends searching for important context in relation to your goals and interests.

“Look for special programs, centers or clinics that match your interests,” Kuris writes. “Such programs not only enhance your resume in your legal job search, they allow you to get a taste of whether a specific career path fits your skills and talents. Many fields are different in reality than they sound on paper, for better or worse.”

CONNECT WITH STUDENTS

One of the best ways to learn about a law school is to speak current students or alumni.

Kuris stresses the importance of asking subjective questions to gauge a student’s experience.

“No two students will have the same experience at a law school, and few students can compare their experience to those at other schools, so do not expect any dispositive advice,” Kuris writes. “Rather, ask subjective questions about the campus culture, student activities, and unexpected surprises and disappointments. This is also a great way to learn tips to set yourself up for success in your first year.”

CONSIDER LOCATION

The location of a law school will offer access to particular legal markets. However, Kuris says, location is also important when it comes to fit and personality.

“Some people do best in close-knit, rural communities while others like the energy of a busy city,” Kuris writes. “Many law students find lifelong friends – perhaps even love – in law school, so find a place where you feel yourself.”

Sources: US News, Stanford Law, UCLA Law

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