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Posted April 28, 2021

Get the most from an online law school open day or event

When searching for the perfect law school for your postgraduate law studies, open days are crucial.

At on campus events you will get first-hand information on the life experience and opportunities at the facility, moreover, you can get the vibe of the law school and the sense of community. Open days are a great way to make sure you choose a law school that you will feel supported, productive and comfortable. Over recent years – and particularly in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic – online open days have become increasingly important. These events allow visitors to take a virtual tour of the campus and interact with academic staff. Attendees will be able to get insights into the law program and familiarise themselves with the support services to help ensure you will ultimately have a fulfilling postgraduate experience. While online open days are not always an ideal way to visit a law school, they do offer invaluable information about the law school, especially if you make sure you are fully prepared in advance to get the most out of the virtual sessions.

Here are some key ways to ensure you get the most out of your virtual open day.

Sign up for relevant talks

Virtual open days usually cover numerous sessions within a just few hours, so it is a good idea to explore the schedule in advance and narrow down the relevant sessions. Book any talks and activities you are interested in before the open day as this will help you plan your schedule during the event. Most universities will notify you when the session starts to ensure you do not turn up late or miss a talk. Sometimes spaces are limited in various talks, and if you do not save a seat, you may find the session fully booked, which is why it’s a good idea to pre-book.

Take a virtual tour of the law school before the open day

If it's your first time finding out about the law school, it’s prudent to do a virtual tour of the campus as soon as you can. If you can do this you will be able to familiarise yourself with the law school facilities and various amenities available on campus before attending the online event. Take the time to check out the library and the accommodation options, as these will give you a sneak peek of where you will be studying and inspiration for questions to ask during the Q&A sessions. If the law school has a tour of the surrounding city, ensure you check out the surrounding areas too, you may even be able to find out about local internships, volunteering work, pro bono and job opportunities available in the area.

Fully participate in Q&A sessions

Q&A session allows you to find answers to any questions you have about the facilities. Representatives from various departments attend the sessions, which means you will receive accurate feedback for any queries. If you do not like video sessions, you can still ask questions through the chat options if this option makes you feel more comfortable. Do not worry if you do not get all the answers you are seeking, you can always email the law faculty for further information after the online event.

Contact law students & alumni

Current students and alumni of the law school will be able to give you an unbiased view of the campus and the law school. By contacting them you can find out the challenges faced by students and ways to overcome them. Speaking to current students will also give you a sense of the university’s overall vibe, and you may be able to gauge the amount of support you will receive.

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