Contact: Dr. Tammy Laughlin, Department of History and Political Science
Tuskegee University students pondering opportunities to pursue a law degree will have the chance on Tuesday, Jan. 30, to speak with representatives from law schools from throughout the U.S. The fair is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. in the Tompkins Hall Ballroom.
The 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. During the event, students will be able to meet one-on-one with law school recruiters to find out more about their law programs. More importantly, the recruiters and admissions counselors can acquaint themselves with the students, their ambitions and their backgrounds.
“Students often decide to attend a particular law school after they meet with an admissions representative on campus,” said Dr. Tammy Laughlin, who serves as adviser of the Tuskegee University Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha and its Pre-Law Society in addition to her duties as an assistant professor of political science. “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.”
Christopher Robinson, a senior political science major and chair of the Pre-Law Society, agreed.
“We are excited our students will have the opportunity to speak to law school representatives from all over the country,” he said. “We also look forward to the fair encouraging more students to consider pre-law studies and getting involved in our program.”
During the fair, students will learn about what each school has to offer, as well as evaluate if a potential school is a good fit. School representatives will provide students with materials to review so that they can make the best possible decisions for their careers.
Amaris Graham, a senior majoring in political science, is using her experience attending a previous law school fair by assisting Dr. Laughlin with planning this month’s event.
“As a potential law student, attending the fair was a positive and informative experience for me. Law school admissions representatives shared the necessary tools and materials to help me have a smooth law school application process,” she said. “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.”
Dr. Laughlin noted that many law schools already have expressed an interest in sending representatives. The university has had a long history of preparing students to attend a wide variety of state, regional and Ivy League law schools, as well as a reputation for producing high-quality students who know how to make an impact in the world through their work in the legal profession.
“An on-campus opportunity to 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 University graduate. “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.”
To help Tuskegee students prepare to interact with law school representatives, departmental faculty will host a forum on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The forum, entitled “Make a Difference through Law,” will feature members of the Macon County Bar Association, who will speak with students about how lawyers make a difference in people’s lives, the different careers they can pursue with a juris doctorate degree, and how to prepare for the law school fair. The primer is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. in the Bioethics Auditorium located in Kenney Hall. Due to facility limitations, the forum is open only to Tuskegee University students, faculty and staff.
Law school representatives should register online at www.tuskegee.edu/lawschoolfair by Jan. 22. To help defray event costs, there is a $75 per school registration fee, which includes a meal for up to two representatives, as well as a table and chairs for their booth.
The Law School Fair is open and free to students from Tuskegee University and surrounding institutions — as well as employees, staff and area residents — who are interested in attending law school or gathering information for prospective law school students. Participants should wear business or professional attire and have information about themselves to share, such as a resume. For planning purposes, those planning to attend are encouraged to pre-register online if they plan to attend the fair; however, walk-ins will be welcomed.
For more information about the Law School Fair, contact Dr. Laughlin at email@example.com or 334.590.6137.
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