The next step after being accepted to law school (besides celebrating!) is to find out when your school’s Admitted Student’s Day is. Admitted Student’s Days are events hosted by law schools that give you a chance to visit the campus, meet fellow students, and shake hands with the faculty.
Attending your school’s Admitted Student’s Day is the best way to figure out if that school is the right fit for you. It’s especially important when trying to decide between more than one school.
They’ve already decided on you, now it’s their turn to schmooze their way into your heart.
Do: Dress the Part
Since you’ll be meeting with deans, professors, and alumni, it’s important to dress professionally. Some schools may have required dress codes, so make sure to check with the school before you plan your visit. If there’s no dress code, business casual is the way to go.
Remember, first impressions are everything, especially in law school and throughout your legal career.
Don’t: Be Lazy & Skip Out
This is the one chance you’ll have to speak with everyone from deans to fellow law students and learn what their school has to offer, all in one day. Can you talk to students, deans, and professors during a scheduled campus visit at any other time of the year? Yes. Can you get a tour of the campus anytime after Admitted Student’s Day? Yes. But what you won’t get if you don’t attend is the total immersion of the 1L experience, and the chance to get a full view of what that school has to offer.
Do: Ask Questions & Take Notes
Admitted Student’s Days tend to be overwhelming. Make sure to take notes throughout the day and ask any questions you may have about the school.
Choosing between multiple schools? Try asking the same questions so it’s easy to compare your notes later.
Here are some things you might want to bring up:
- Employment, extern/internship opportunities, and job placement
- Networking events throughout the year
- Extracurricular activities for 1Ls
- Financial aid
Don’t: Bring Your Parents
Like we said before, Admitted Student’s Day can be overwhelming. And although it might be great to have your parent’s there for support, this is a decision you should make on your own.
The next three years of your life will be extremely challenging. This small window of time is your best chance to get a full view of what that school has to offer, you don’t want any distractions standing between networking opportunities and campus tours.
Do: Check Out the Surrounding Area
Make sure to do your research before-hand and take a self-guided tour of the surrounding area. Check out the housing options and pay special attention to commute time and rent. It’s also a good idea to make sure you’re close to a grocery store, gym, coffee shop, and any other places you might frequent often.
A Few Extra Tips
Choosing where you will spend the next three years can be stressful. We get it. Here are some additional tips that might help you make the most of your Admitted Student’s Day visit.
- Check if your school has an Admitted Student’s Day Facebook page
- If you can’t make it to Admitted Student’s Day, make sure to schedule a visit ASAP
- Check to see if your school reimburses your travel expenses for attending
- Visit the Career Services Center and see what opportunities they have available for law students
- Check out our other article on this subject: Admitted Student’s Day — Tips for Making the Most of It