We all know that attending a law school open day is a great way to discover a law school properly and work out if it’s the right place for your LLM studies.
But it’s not always possible to physically attend an open day. Previously, constraints to attending an on-campus law school or LLM event could well have been financial – for example if you are planning on studying overseas, it’s not usually viable to visit the law school in another country before embarking on your LLM program. Or maybe there simply isn’t the time to attend an on-campus open day because of prior commitments such as work or family life. However, in the midst of the current Covid-19 health crisis, universities and law schools around the world have closed their doors to students in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. But rather than closing down altogether, these law schools are embracing the world of online study, online communication and virtual open days. Of course, many law schools were already hosting online LLM events and law school open days before the global pandemic, but in the current situation virtual open days really are the only way to find out more about your law school options. This means it’s really important to make time to find out about and register for a virtual open day to ensure you find out what your preferred law school has to offer and if it’s the right place for you.
How to get the most out of a virtual open day
Virtual law school open days usually include a choice of online lectures and seminars along with a Q&A session with an expert or leading academic from the law school. When you register for the online law school event, make sure you tick any relevant boxes with regards to your specific area(s) of interest, and also sign up to any lectures that are relevant to the area of LLM studies you are considering. Before the virtual event takes place, make sure you have read up on what courses and subjects are on offer at the law school – and if you have any queries or concerns about whether they will be running a particular module for your intake, or anything else to do with your preferred LLM program make a note of them so you can raise your queries during the Question and Answer session.
What else can you find out on a virtual open day?
Virtual open days will often include information on law school fees and funding, as well as applications and admissions advice. This information will also often be interactive, with the opportunity to pose questions. Again, make sure you’re well prepared so you can get the most out of this part of the virtual open day and find out how to get ahead with your LLM application, what the actual deadlines are, and if your chosen laws school offers any funding assistance. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – the experts are there for a reason and will very much appreciate your interaction.
What about virtual tours?
Many universities and law schools host virtual tours on their websites. These are a great way to have a look at the campus and find out more about the aesthetic of a place. These tours usually include 360-degree imagery, so you can really have a look around the law school and get a feel for what it would be like to study there. It’s a good idea to take a virtual tour to gather information about the law school before attending the virtual open day, just in case the tour itself raises any questions, for example about the library or other law school facilities.