Representatives from 70-plus law schools will be on the Tuskegee University campus Tuesday, Jan. 29 as part of its second 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 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. [find directions to campus and navigating the campus here]
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.
“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 2L 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.”
Dr. Tammy Laughlin, an 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.”
Beginning at 3 p.m. on Jan. 29, a seminar entitled “Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach” will be held prior to the fair in Meeting Rooms D and E. Rachel Patterson, director of diversity programs with the AccessLex Center for Education and Financial Capability. Like the Law School Fair, the seminar is open to students and non-students.
“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.
Senior political science major Amaris Graham credits last year’s fair with helping her navigate the law school application process.
“Law school admissions counselors shared the information necessary to make the application process a smooth one for me,” said Graham, who now serves as president of the Pre-Law Society and one of the fair’s student organizers. “I was also able to ask personal and academic-specific questions and received honest answers, which allowed me to have greater insight into considering law school.”
Senior English major Grace Adu-Boahan agreed, saying that last year’s fair “exposed me to many schools from across the country — some of which I had never considered before meeting with their representatives. I even gained a mentor from it.”
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.
The annual Law School Fair is a collaboration between 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.
The Tuskegee University Pre-Law Society will staff a table with materials from schools that cannot attend. Schools wishing to mail materials for display should ship them for arrival by Jan. 25 to Dr. Tammy W. Laughlin, Tuskegee University, 70-103 John A. Kenney Hall, 1200 West Montgomery Road, Tuskegee, AL 36088; or contact Dr. Laughlin at email@example.com or Dr. Brazelton at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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