On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Youngstown State University will host Law Day in the Presidential Suite of Kilcawley Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This free event gives students the opportunity to speak with representatives of various law schools at information tables.
Paul Sracic, chair of the department of politics and international relations and director of the Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Center, is the one responsible for coordinating the event.
“Students can come by and go to the table of the law school that they’re interested in going to and they can talk to the admissions people about what they need to do to get into that law school and any questions they have about it,” Sracic said. “So it’s really informational for the students. It lets them speak to the people who often times are going to be the ones who are evaluating their law school applications.”
Sracic encourages students who have any interest in law school to attend if possible.
“Even if you’re not positive you want to go to law school, if you even think you might be interested it’s a great chance to talk to people about what law school is like and get more information before you make your decision,” he said. “There’s no obligation for showing up. It’s free and there are the experts representing their law school programs so it’s a great opportunity to talk to them one on one.”
Sracic also hopes that factors such as major and class schedule will not prevent too many students interested in the event from attending.
“I hope that all the students, regardless of major, feel welcome,” he said. “You can show up any time between 11 and one. … The admissions people will be sitting there ready to talk to you, so stop by whenever you can.”
Lindsey Harrison, senior pre-law major, has attended the event the previous two years and has found it to be helpful.
“I think it’s very important so students see what’s out there,” she said. “They might not realize what each school has to offer individually. It was really beneficial to me because I didn’t realize the different special programs or certificates that each school offers.”
Harrison has received valuable information from the event in the past and hopes to again this year.
“I really enjoy reading the pamphlets that the schools give you,” Harrison said. “They call them their ‘view books.’ It gives a step-by-step of everything you need for their application for their law school and an overview of how other classes have done with their LSAT scores and GPAs who have gotten in, so it kind of gives you a benchmark of how you would do in that law school.”
Harrison also appreciated the convenience the event presents in terms of eliminating travel for students.
“I like going because it gives you an insight into the different law schools without having to actually set foot on their campus,” she said.
Sracic views the event as a positive for both sides, as it saves students the trouble of traveling as well as recruiters the trouble of coordinating their visits to the college individually.
“This is an efficient way for the law schools to meet a lot of potential students at one time, so the law schools like this, we like this, it’s really a win-win for everyone,” he said.