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Last modified: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

IU Bloomington Law Day Fair scheduled for Oct. 6

Event brings representatives from more than 104 law schools to campus

Oct. 1, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Students considering a career in law can learn first-hand what law schools are truly interested in at the IU Law School Fair, Monday, Oct. 6.

The fair, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Alumni Hall, will feature more than 104 law school representatives -- more than half of the nation's total law schools -- on hand to meet one-on-one with students and answer a range of questions about grades to personal statement to financial aid needs. The fair is free and open to the general public.

It is anticipated that 600-800 students will attend the fair, a learning opportunity that most students in the country simply cannot experience anywhere else. Attendance makes the IU event consistently one of the largest law fairs in the country.

"The reason so many top law schools are willing to send their admissions officials to south-central Indiana is that we get such a large student turnout, and our students have the reputation of being extremely well prepared with great questions," said Mac Francis, director of the IU Bloomington Health Professions and Prelaw Center.

Students are also strongly advised to attend the panel discussion earlier in the day, from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. in Whittenberger Auditorium at the IMU. Law school admission deans from IU Bloomington, DePaul and Santa Clara will discuss "What I Really Look for in a Law School Application," offering unique, practical insights into the admission process that will be invaluable for students. The event is as entertaining as it is informative.

Since competition for admission to law school remains extreme, attendance at Law Day events can give students a competitive edge, as well as provide an eye-opening experience to the realities of law school admission.

Also participating in Law Day events will be the two prelaw clubs (Phi Alpha Delta and the Legal Studies Club) and the Indiana Conference on Legal Education Opportunities (I-CLEO). Students from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession (first-generation college, financially disadvantaged, minority, etc.) are especially urged to attend. I-CLEO -- whose mission is to help these students attain admission to an Indiana law school -- provides up to $7,500 per year in tuition assistance and will be a featured participant.

The Law Day events are sponsored by the IU Bloomington University Division Health Professions and Prelaw Center and the Midwest Association of Prelaw Advisors (MAPLA). Taking advantage of the presence of more than 130 representatives for the Law School Admission Council's Law School Forum in Chicago, the MAPLA organizes a Law School Caravan the following week at Big Ten schools. Indiana University is a sought-after location due to its outstanding pre-law culture. The Law School Admission Council estimates that there are about 3,000 prelaw students at IU Bloomington, from more than 53 majors.

For a complete list of all law school's represented at the fair or more information, go to For questions, contact HPPLC at 812-855-1873 or