Well, I wrapped up another week of recruiting today! It was a busy but very productive week. During the recruiting season, I participate in a very interactive and informative panel with the deans of admission from University of Michigan Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. During the panel we hold a “mock admissions” committee meeting and talk about the various pitfalls and positives in applications and actually review applications (which of course have been redacted!) We did 4 panels in 24 hours! On Tuesday, we were on the University of Michigan campus, and over 250 students came to the panel, we filled the entire auditorium!! The students really appreciated the information we had provided. Some of the student feedback included “This program did a great job of explaining how the admission process truly works. It has forced me to re-evaluate what kind of candidate I am now, and where I hope to be in a couple of years. I now have tools to present myself appropriately to an admissions committee in the best possible light .” The next morning we had an early flight to Chicago where we did our panel at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and at the law firm of Mayer Brown. It was a very busy day, driving from Hyde Park to Evanston and then downtown Chicago. All in all we saw over 350 prospective law students, that is a lot of hands to shake! Recruiting is a great part of the my job, the travel is fun and the ability to talk to so many people about the Law School and the application process makes it worth it! On campus today Imet with some eight grade students who are “shadowing” law students for the day. I gave them a tour of the Law School and talked to them about the steps for getting to law school. It is never too early to think about it! Their visit today is sponsored by BLSA and Boys Speak Out, Inc which is a nonprofit organization, founded by one of our recent graduates, Anthony Webb ’06.
I’m home for weekend which is exciting since it is the Chicago marathon. Over 45,000 runners will run 26.1 miles throughout 29 Chicago neighborhoods. The weather is going to be great and I have a couple of friends running so I will be out cheering Sunday morning. I will also be able to catch up on my mail and laundry!
Then it is off again on Monday to San Francisco. There are a couple more weeks of recruiting and then we will start reviewing applications. Make sure to check out our recruiting calendar to see if we will be anywhere that would be convenient for you to stop by! But don’t forget, you are always welcome to visit on campus.