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Representatives from more than 20 top law schools are eager to answer questions from UAlbany students exploring the legal profession as a career choice. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 30, 2016) — Interested in law? So far more than 21 law school institutions from around the country have registered to attend the Law Fair today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lecture Center Concourse.

The Law Fair at UAlbany, which has been held every fall for about 15 years, encourages all students curious about law school to come out and converse with representatives and research the type of law they might be interested in.

"This is a way for information-gathering and informational interviewing depending on where students are at that moment in their academic careers," said Kristen Swaney, assistant director and pre-law advisor in the Advisement Services Center (ASC).

"For freshmen, this is a good way to start the conversation about law school and research. For seniors, it's a good way to meet and shake hands with the representatives from the admissions office from the schools they applied."

Law Fair participants are coming from several notable institutions, among them Northeastern University School of Law, Penn State Law School, Western Michigan Cooley Law School, and Vermont Law School. Here is the full list.

Neighboring schools such as St. Rose and Siena College are also taking part. "This is the first year Siena's Pre-Law Association is sending their students," said Nicole Clause, ASC academic and pre-law advisor.

Students are encouraged to arrive prepared to ask questions. "It's okay to ask several questions because the representatives are on the student's side — they are rooting for you and more than happy to answer," said Swaney, who is the official host for the event along with Clause.

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