Students swarm to law school fair

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More than 400 students browsed colleges and picked up information at the annual Law School Fair on Wednesday.

The fair brought students from many majors to the Union Ballroom to ask questions and meet law school recruiters.

The event also included an admissions panel of four experts to answer students’ questions about admissions and give hints on applications, letters of recommendation and getting into law school.

“This fair is a really good opportunity for students to get their questions about law school answered,” said Amy Urbanek, an adviser for University College and fair organizer. “The chance to talk in person to people from across the country really lets students get a feel for the schools and how they might fit there.”

More than 120 law schools were represented at the fair and came from across the country, ranging from New York and Washington, D.C., to California and Nevada, including schools such as Yale, Cornell and Stanford.

“We get a good flow of students to our school from these fairs,” said Mark Hansen, a law school student and recruiter from the University of Chicago.

The schools regularly come back to the U for events like this because many of the students who come to the fair apply to the schools they meet there, said Urbanek.

“Our school gets a big pull of students from the U because of this exposure,” said Pam Shaw, assistant director of admissions at Michigan State University, “so we keep coming back because it works.”

Not only do the schools get a chance to recruit students, Urbanek said, but it also lets students find out about law schools they might never have thought of before.

“Oftentimes, students come here and they find a school that they have never even heard of before, and they end up attending later because of the connection they made,” she said.

The U’s law school was also represented at the fair and had more than 125 students visit and fill out information cards in the first two hours, said Reyes Aguilar, associate dean for admissions at the law school.

“This is a great way for students to gather information from other schools,” said Roberto Hernandez, a third-year law student. “I went to this fair when I was looking into law school, and it was a really great resource for me, and I think it is for other students as well.”

“You can find most of the information about the school online, but it helps having the chance to talk to someone in person,” Hernandez said.