Changes to Admitted Students Day for Class of 2016
On Saturday, February 2, the Fordham Law Admissions Office hosted one hundred and twenty-five students at the first Admitted Students Day of the season.
“This was definitely the largest first Admitted Students day we’ve seen in a while,” Krissy Haff, Assistant Director of Admissions said. “Usually our biggest programs are in March and April, when the admissions cycle is really underway. I think we picked a good day and had a strong program that a lot of admitted students were interested in.”
Kate Cunningham, Associate Director of Admissions, echoed the importance an Admitted Students day can have on a prospective student’s selection process. “We are seeing more and more students doing extensive research and due diligence in finding the school that fits them best.”
Beginning with a welcome from Dean Michael Martin and a curriculum overview from Vice Dean and Co-Director of the Stein Center Sheila Foster, the day featured faculty spotlights on contemporary legal issues, mock classes, a tour with current students, an alumni panel on career opportunities after law school, and a choice of five breakout sessions where students could choose from info sessions in various topics from public interest programs to intellectual property and information technology opportunities.
One difference in this year’s Admitted Students Day from years past was the incorporation of a distinct financial aid overview section. Usually it had been a breakout session that students could choose to (or not to) attend, but this year’s schedule made it a standalone part of the program.
“Law students are savvy consumers,” Kathryn Espiritu, Director of Admissions, said. “Guidance in navigating the process is important to all students, but perhaps prospective students in particular.”
“We get great feedback from prospective students on their interaction with current Fordham Law students at these Admitted Students Days. One of the things we hear most often is how the enthusiasm of current Fordham Law students, alumni, and faculty distinguishes Fordham from other schools they are considering,” Haff said.
Cunningham emphasized the value of having current students involved in the admissions process. “We have a very open office and encourage prospective students to come in, ask questions, sit in on a class. But the opinions of current students carry so much more weight. One prospective student was impressed by how a Fordham student who hadn’t signed up to be part of the day, but just happened to be walking through the atrium, felt comfortable in stopping to chat and answer the prospective students’ questions. The Fordham student said goodbye by saying that she “Hoped to see a lot of you around next year.” That kind of encouragement and excitement is just one of the things that sets Fordham Law apart.”
Those interested in mingling with admitted students at the programs on Sunday, March 3 and Saturday, April 6 should contact Kristina Haff in the Admissions Office.
–Grace Aviles, News Editor