Alright, so this may be a bit of a rant, but it’s just something I find perplexing. The goal of law school admissions is to convince you to attend their law school, not their peers. Logically, one would think you would do whatever you could to entice students i.e., make it easier for students to learn about the school, interact, visit, etc. Leave a comment if this seems like a foreign notion and I’ll explain myself further.
It constantly shocks me that so many schools have accepted student days during the week. I’m not talking about state schools, who have a bulk of their students coming from within their state (although this is debatable in the law school world). I’m talking about private law schools that have accepted student days during the week. In some cases toward the middle of the week, not even aiming for the convenience of a Friday. If a student is going to fly somewhere, and have to miss undergrad classes to do it, it only makes sense to make it as easily accessible to students as possible. Having a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday accepted student day doesn’t accomplish this at all.
For instance, I’m considering a bulk of schools that are in the northeast. It’s safe to say I’m probably only going to get one shot at flying up there before deposits are due April 15th. Maybe, I’ll make it back up prior to moving in, maybe not. So when I go up there for an accepted student day, I’m hoping to not only see the school, ask questions, and get a general feel for the place, I’m also hoping to create a list of potential apartment complexes and maybe even meet some classmates who could be potential roommates. Again, having a mid-week accepted student day doesn’t help. I just wanted to tip my hat to those law schools who do indeed put in a few extra hours on a Saturday or Sunday to make it that much easier for prospective students. It’s greatly appreciated, and you’re really doing your law school a service, as you’re actually trying to recruit students, not simply admit them.
A few examples of what some schools do to try and pull in admitted students.