Aspiring attorneys who have been accepted into multiple law schools and who intend to start a J.D. program this fall face a difficult predicament because of the coronavirus health crisis , which has caused law schools to close their campuses. Unlike in years past, someone accepted into various law schools cannot visit those campuses to determine where he or she feels most comfortable.

The spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, prevents in-person meetings with current law students, faculty, alumni and others who might be able to share insights about a particular J.D. program. Social distancing guidelines issued by public heath officials and government authorities discourage in-person interactions.

[ Read: The Impact of the Coronavirus on Legal Education. ]

That means admitted law students must seek information about the schools that accepted them in ways other than on-campus experience or in-person interaction. J.D. admissions experts note many methods for researching law schools remotely.

Andrew Strauss, dean of the University of Dayton School of Law in Ohio, suggests asking to observe virtual classes at potential law schools before the semester is over. Law school applicants should also participate in whatever virtual admitted student events their potential schools offer, including virtual campus tours, Strauss says.

Prospective law students may also want to investigate the quality of a law school’s remote learning options to ensure that, if the coronavirus crisis lasts for an extended time, they can still receive a good legal education, Strauss adds.

[ Read: How to Weigh Competing Law School Acceptances. ]

Some law school admissions experts advise admitted J.D. students to schedule video conference calls with current law students and recent grads. Victoria Turner Turco, founder and president of the Turner Educational Advising admissions consulting firm, says it is ideal for prospective law students to identify alumni of their undergraduate institutions who attended a law school they are considering.

When prospective law students reach out to people with whom they have a college connection, she says, those people are likely to reply and be open and honest about their law school experience.Todd A. Spodek, managing partner with the Spodek Law Group in New […]

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