Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Cary Lee Cluck
What adjustments has the Arizona Law admissions team made over the last few weeks?
Our entire team is teleworking but we are still doing the same things we normally do during this stage of the application cycle.
We are still interacting with committed applicants, admitted applicants, and prospective applicants.
We had a virtual Admitted Students Day on Saturday, April 4, using Zoom and were able to provide the same programming as we would have had the event been in-person. The only thing lacking was the great food we usually have for lunch -- and the chance for applicants from outside Arizona to enjoy the pleasures of Tucson in the spring!
We are still conducting virtual visits with admitted students who are considering joining us in the fall. We use Zoom to do this and they meet with all the people they normally would have encountered had they come to the college in person.
We are still receiving applications and making decisions just like we would be if we were in the office.
Applications have slowed a bit because of the canceled March LSAT and the GRE having temporarily gone offline. But the GRE is now available as a home-based test and the April LSAT has also been moved to an at-home test starting in mid-May.
What are the top questions you are hearing from applicants?
Beyond the normal questions they have about our programs and opportunities, the biggest question is whether we are going to start in-person classes this fall or have a remote start. That's a national conversation happening at all law schools and universities.
What are some unique advantages Arizona Law has for our next class of law students?
Because we have the tools to quickly offer on-line and video-recorded (yay for our recording studio!) learning, we pivoted incredibly quickly to get our students back into class this spring. Our agility and creativity will be an advantage for students beginning their legal education during this uncertain time.
What opportunities do we have for admitted students to learn about the Arizona Law community?
As I mentioned earlier, we recently hosted our Admitted Students Day via Zoom. We have moved individual admitted student visits online and they can meet with the same people they would have in person, including Dean Miller. We also moved some content into our "Admit Portal" to help them virtually visit us and Tucson. They can access our JD info session, watch two recorded classes, and take a virtual tour of the University of Arizona campus. As the weeks progress, we are planning to add more content like this into the Admit Portal.
How can the alumni community support our admitted students?
They already are! Our Law Cat Connectors program is up and running. Newly admitted students are receiving emails from partnered Law Cat alumni. We continue to reach out as well to arrange one-on-one chats between alumni and admits who have specific questions that alumni can answer. We are exploring offering Zoom meetings with alumni if the admitted students would like. We will keep our community posted.
My team and I really appreciate how involved our alumni are in helping us bring in a strong, bright, and interesting class each year. This year is no exception!