Law School Tours

Rather than wait until the first day of law school to enter a law building, the Center for Law and Society sponsors trips for Cornell students to see what it's really like to be at a law school. Students meet with admission officers, talk to law faculty, take tours of the law school, ask questions to current law students, and sometimes sit in on real law school classes.

Day trips to law schools have given students the chance to hear major speakers like a U.S. Supreme Court Justice as part of Drake University Law School's Opperman Lecture in Constitutional Law. Students have also been able to participate in a two-day law symposium focused on the Varnum v. Brien case which legalize same-sex marriage in Iowa sponsored by the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice at the University of Iowa.

On select block breaks, the Center for Law and Society sponsors overnight trips to cities in the midwest to visit multiple law schools. Past trips have taken students to law schools in Minneapoiis-St. Paul, Chicago, St. Louis, and Denver.

In addition to touring law schools, students also meet with Cornell alumni in the area. The receptions and meals with alumni offer up another terrific learning opportunity for students to hear what life is really like as a lawyer or how alumni have utilized their JD degrees for fields outside of the law.

Law school interactions

Drake University Law School
Opperman Lecture in Constitutional Law with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, fall 2006

University of Iowa College of Law
Prospective Student Day, winter 2007

Hamline University Law School
Twin Cities Law Schools tour, spring 2007

University of St. Thomas School of Law
Twin Cities Law Schools Tour, spring 2007

Drake University Law School
Opperman Lecture in Constitutional Law with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, fall 2008

Minnesota Law Schools Admission Presentation
University of Northern Iowa, fall 2008

University of Chicago Law School
Chicago Law Schools Tour, winter 2008

Chicago-Kent College of Law
Breakfast with faculty member as part of the Chicago Law Schools Tour, winter 2008

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Chicago Law Schools Tour, winter 2008

Northwestern University Law School
Chicago Law Schools Tour, winter 2008

University of Iowa College of Law
Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice Symposium, spring 2009