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Fair helps Colgate maintain acceptance rate for law schools that exceeds national average

By Aminat Olayinka Agaba '14 on October 16, 2013
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Students attend the 16th annual Law School Fair held in the Hall of Presidents.

Students attend the 16th annual Law School Fair held in the Hall of Presidents.

The acceptance rate for law schools among Colgate students in fall 2012 was 94 percent, far surpassing the 75 percent national average.

One way the Center for Career Services helps students succeed in this post-graduate arena is through the annual Law School Fair.

Sixty of the best law schools from across the country made an appearance at this year’s event, held Oct. 3. Hosted in the Hall of Presidents, students had the opportunity to speak with school representatives one-on-one and get personal feedback.

In fact, the representative from Syracuse University College of Law turned out to be an alumna who was especially eager to offer advice.

“We get between one and four students from Colgate each year, and to everyone that asks me if law school is for them, I always say make sure that it’s what you really want to do,” said Kim Wolf Price ‘92, assistant dean of professional and career development. “I knew since I was in the sixth grade that I had always wanted to be in law. It’s not a default; it’s a career.”

Price is among the approximately 10 percent of Colgate alumni who have a law degree.

For fall 2012 at Colgate, there were 81 law school applicants — graduating seniors and alumni — and 76 of those were accepted to at least one law school.

Many of the students who attended the fair seemed to already have that passion for law that Price mentioned. Students from all class years took their time meeting with the reps from schools they were most interested in.

“I plan on going to law school in the fall, and I wanted to meet people and learn about their schools. I think the only way you can really figure out the right school for you is by talking to people,” said Andres Castillo ’14.

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