I attended the LSAC Forum in Miami in September 2015 and… IT. WAS. A. BLAST! I learned so much in one day and the chance to meet law school admission deans and representative was invaluable. Everyone was very nice and you get a ton of insight on a school’s philosophy and their culture. For people that stand in one small section and get asked the same questions time and time again, they are very patient and really take their time to make sure your questions are answered and those answers are satisfactory.
The workshops at the forum are also invaluable. They cover the following topics:
- Forum 101
- This workshop talks about the forum, explains the process and gives you ideas on how to maximize your time.
- About the LSAT
- Members from the LSAC test development staff (the people who make the actual LSAT test!) brief you on the test and then answer individual questions.
- The Application Process
- Covers the basic elements for applying to law school. (self-assessment, scheduling and timing, the LSAC, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and the decision making process.) They show a video and then allow a Q&A session with law school admission professionals.
- Financing a Legal Education
- They cover what aid is available, the loan application process, qualifying for federal and private loan programs and future indebtedness. They also provide a financial aid expert that answers individual questions.
- What do lawyers do?
- This was by far my favorite. There is a panel of attorneys and they vary in their expertise of the law and their experience. There were recent grads and lawyers that have been practicing for longer than I have been alive. The panel discusses their area of law, talk about their law school experience and go through what a typical day for them is like. They also have a Q&A session at the end.
I live in Orlando and drove to the forum in the early morning to avoid paying for a hotel room. I took a bunch of notes and took packets from my top 10 schools. Even then, the weight of those packets did wear on me. Make sure you take a bag to fit all of the info and take lots and lots of notes. It helped me set up a study schedule for the LSAT, and an application schedule for schools I will be applying to.
It was very cool to meet so many like minded people that are going through the same process. I don’t know anyone in my circle of friends that is applying to law school so when I talk about the process to my friends or girlfriend, I get a blank stare and they zone out after a couple of minutes. Having others to talk to really helps keep it all in perspective.
For more information on the forum, please visit LSAC.org and search forum. They have them all over the country and I can’t stress how valuable the information I learned. If you have anything to add, please leave a comment and tell us about it!