Monday, April 16, 2007

Law School Admissions Blogs?

I noted today in the Boston Globe that some undergraduate schools are now offering blogs directed specifically at admitted students. The MIT sophomore, Lulu Liu, who writes the blog is allowed to discuss anything she wishes. She is joined by nine other students, and four admissions and financial aid officers. "Eager to forge stronger connections with prospective students and parents, MIT and other universities in the last two years have been starting blogs and recruiting undergraduate bloggers. Blogging has become one of the hottest trends in college admissions."

Is the same thing true in law school admissions? If your schools have blogs for admitted students, are current students the bloggers? If so, does the administration monitor the postings?


Betsy McKenzie said...

Our law school admissions office has considered starting a blog like this. I think it would be a very cool thing to do, but we have discussed how you have to let the student blogger say whatever they want, and not be a mouthpiece for the school. Otherwise, potential students will not trust or read the blog. That's rather risky. The Globe article mentioned the things the MIT student discussed in her blog, like skipping classes and the intense pressure. MIT will still have plenty of applicants after a blog like this, but other schools might be running a bigger risk. I don't know if any other law school has an admissions blog yet, or how honest and open they allow it to be. Interesting to watch the developments!

Marie S. Newman said...

We're also considering it, but it is a delicate balancing act. I agree that the impact of such a blog on the most selective schools would be minimal, but there is a potential risk for the rest of us.