Representatives from 90-plus law schools will be on the Tuskegee University campus Tuesday, Jan. 28 as part of its third annual Law School Fair. The fair is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Kellogg Conference Center.
The event is open and free to all students from Tuskegee and other area universities — as well as university employees and members of the community — who are interested in attending law school or gathering information for prospective law school students.
Dr. Tammy Laughlin, assistant professor of political science, noted that the annual fair has become an integral part of efforts to support Tuskegee students’ admission to a wide variety of state, regional and Ivy League law schools.
“Students often decide to attend a particular law school after they meet with an admissions representative on campus,” said Laughlin, who also co-advises Tuskegee’s Pi Sigma Alpha chapter and its Pre-Law Society. “Meeting and making a positive impression with an admissions counselor could ultimately make a difference in whether a student is accepted into the law school of his or her choice.”
Through one-on-one conversations, recruiters will help advise students on how to narrow down their lists of prospective law schools, apply, and seek tuition assistance that might be available.
Charity White, a junior political science major agreed. “The law school fair is an awesome experience every year! Meeting with representatives is always a most informative and helpful experience.”
“An on-campus visit with a representative from the University of Pennsylvania prior to applying to law schools sparked my interest in Penn Law,” said Gustavo Cardona, a 2017 Tuskegee graduate who is now a 3L at UPenn. “That put me in touch with people who would later become instrumental in helping me make an informed decision about what law school to attend.”
Arielle Briscoe, electrical engineering major, echoed Gustavo’s sentiments stating, “Attending the fair on campus gave me all the tools and networking opportunities I needed to be able to apply to and enter law school in 2021.”
Anyone planning to attend the Law School Fair is asked to register in advance by visiting www.tuskegee.edu/lawfair; however, walk-ins will be welcomed.
Other events related to the Law School Fair include the following — all of which are open to Tuskegee and other area college students, as well as the public.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 5 p.m., Tompkins Hall Auditorium: “Making a Difference Through Law” forum featuring a panel of five attorneys whose practice areas range from corporate to criminal law; reception following.
Monday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Kellogg Conference Center: “HBCU Law School Forum,” in Kellogg Conference Center, Rooms F&G; refreshments served beforehand.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m., Kellogg Conference Center: “LSAC Admissions Workshop” featuring Isabelle Ramos, a Law School Admissions Council ambassador, who will speak about the admissions process, the new digital LSAT, and Pre-Law Undergraduate Programs (PLUS Programs) in addition to other topics.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Kellogg Conference Center: “Personal Statement Workshop” featuring Collins Byrd, assistant dean of enrollment management at the University of Iowa, who will provide students with pointers on how to write a personal statement and a diversity statement — both components of many law school applications.
“The fair will help students evaluate if a potential school is a good fit,” said Dr. Shenita Brazelton, an attorney herself, and an Assistant Professor of Political Science who co-advises with Laughlin. “While school representatives will help students make the best possible decisions for their potential law careers, it’s also up to students to do their homework on schools — and areas of legal practice — that truly interest them.”
Both Brazelton and Laughlin recommend students research their top law school prospects, be familiar with their admissions requirements, and come to the fair with questions specific to each school. Business or professional attire is recommended for those attending the Law School Fair.
The annual Law School Fair is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History and Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and the Tuskegee University Pre-Law Society. The fair is part of what is informally referred to in recruiting circles as the “Southern swing” — which now includes law school recruiting events in Atlanta, Pensacola, Auburn, Tuskegee and Tuscaloosa.
Participating law schools:
Albany Law School
American University Washington College of Law
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
Ave Maria School of Law
Baylor University Law School
Belmont University College of Law
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Boston College Law School
Brooklyn Law School
Brigham Young University Law School
Campbell Law School
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Charleston School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
DePaul University College of Law
Elon University School of Law
Emory University College of Law
Faulkner University Law School
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law
Fordham Law School
Georgia State University College of Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Liberty University School of Law
Lincoln Memorial University School of Law
Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Marquette University Law School
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law
Michigan State University College of Law
Mississippi College School of Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
New York Law School
Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Penn State Law
Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
Rutgers Law School
Saint Louis University School of Law
Samford University's Cumberland School of Law
Seton Hall Law
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Southern University Law Center
Southwestern Law School
St. Thomas University School of Law-Miami
Stetson University College of Law
Syracuse University College of Law
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Texas Southern University – Thurgood Marshall School of Law
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
The Florida State University College of Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Tulane Law School
UIC John Marshall Law School
University of Alabama School of Law
University of California Hastings Law
University of Colorado Boulder Law School
University of Georgia School of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kentucky College of Law
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
University of Memphis School of Law
University of Miami School of Law
University of Michigan Law School
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Mississippi School of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
University of Richmond School of Law
University of San Diego, School of Law
University of South Carolina School of Law
University of Tennessee College of Law
University of Texas School of Law
University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law