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Being a Visiting Student

Last week I talked about the possibility of transferring law schools. But did you know that there’s a second way to attend another law school? It’s called being a visiting student.

Most law schools offer you the opportunity to spend a semester, or at most an academic year, attending classes at another law school. Consider, for example, that you are currently enrolled in a Chicago school, and you’ve decided to live in New York City upon graduation. As a visiting student at a New York law school, you can begin the networking process prior to moving there. Or, maybe you’re concentrating in intellectual property law at a Washington, DC, school, and you find a California school offers classes that your home institution does not. Or, maybe you’re attending school in Florida and a personal matter requires you to be in Minnesota for a short time.

In all of the above cases, I encourage you to contact the Registrar at both your current school and the school you’re considering visiting. You want to make sure that the credits and classes from your visiting school will transfer back to your original school. The application process to be a visiting student can vary from school to school, but generally you will need to submit an application, a letter of good standing from your current law school and your law school transcripts. You may need to also submit letters of recommendation from law school professors.

You will pay the tuition of the school you’re visiting and will receive your degree from your original law school. You should be able to become involved in school organizations and take advantage of that school’s career placement services. However, you may not be eligible to participate in law review or moot court.

I would never guarantee a client that he/she will or will not be accepted to a law school. I do, however, believe it is my responsibility as a Kaplan consultant to make my clients aware of the various options open to them. Visiting another law school can be a very valuable tool depending upon your individual situation. Be sure to check it out.

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