"Have dialogue with law students," says Steven Sedberry, author of "Law School Labyrinth: The Guide to Making the Most of Your Legal Education." He encourages potential students to visit the school's law library, cafeteria or wherever law students hang out to learn more about their teachers.
Outside of class, ask professors what they were trying to accomplish during that day's lesson, if what they witnessed was a typical class and what was good about that day's class, Hess says.
It's important to consider faculty when deciding on a law school because they can influence how well a student adjusts to the school's environment.
"Are there teachers at the school that they think will take an interest in them, and help them in that process of getting a job?" Hess asks. Prospective students should feel confident that a school's faculty will help students during their job search, he says.
Professors can be critical for helping students get through tough semesters, Schwartz says.
"Law school's really a big challenge. It makes incredibly significant intellectual demands on students," he says. "Feeling like you have someone that you can be yourself with and that will support you can make a huge difference."
Staff and faculty can also impact a student's career. Supportive professors in law school can have benefits that carry past graduation.
"I think it's important for students to take as many opportunities as they can to find out what faculty members might be able to do for them, in terms of helping them get a job as a lawyer," says Campos.
He suggests students ask themselves, "What do I want to do? And what are the chances that graduating from this school is going to allow me to do it? And then, secondarily, who on this faculty might be in a position to help me toward that goal?
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