Ehh, you can visit for whatever reason you want. I think checking out a different location is a great reason to visit a law school. I also think that instate tuition is a great reason to go as well.
Also, if you go to a decent national school, you dont have to move to make connections, but you can just go to regional recruiting programs.
I dont get your comments about the bar. Decent schools dont teach you to prep for the bar, so I really dont get the relevance of that statement.
That said, I nixed the idea of being a visiting student. Im too settled down at this point.
When I meant bar classes... I'll use PA as an example with IN... PA law schools have courses that are more apparent on the PA bar, like conflict of law, dui law (neither of which are offered at my Indiana school), PA practice going over PA civil jurisdiction.Also certian school teach their courses either more or less in dep when their state has courses more aparent on the bar. For example IN has a large portion of its bar on Tax, whereas in PA, it isn't tested as much. Tax at my school is 4 credits and the exam is 8hours, they do that to make sure you know what will be tested on the bar.
When you take the bar, there are multiple parts... the multistate which any and all law schools can teach you since they are the same for each jurisdiction, but then there are other parts of the bar exam like MPT or MBE.. which is essay part that includes courses and issues specificly geered toward your state. PA doesn't have the MPT Indiana does, but PA has its own essay portion.... Sure I heard that you could learn the PA parts or most of them from Barbri or another prep course, but it also my be more beneficial to take classes in a state geered toward your bar, and to go to a school where the majority of the students are taking that State's bar and so the school caters to the majority of students. In my Indiana law school, I am learning a lot of INdiana law.. my crim law class was especially tested on it... learning the differences b/t Indiana law and MPC.. etc... Just explaining my point a bit more.
Good luck your final year next year! I'm so happy that i'm almost done "whereever i'll be next year jaaj" !! THis semester is torture...