Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors
MAPLA Drive-In Conference
Join us for the first ever MAPLA Drive-In Conference! 

This one-day conference at the University of Illinois College of Law offers:.
  • Professional development sessions on bar exam trends, the newest updates on law student loans, career services in today’s legal market, and negotiating financial aid packages
  • Networking with other pre-law advisors and the Illinois Law community
  • Tours of the law school and opportunities to meet Illinois Law faculty and students
  • Free breakfast, lunch, and parking!


Date and Time
Friday, March 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Conference Schedule
8:30-9:00         Breakfast 

9:00-9:15         Welcome

9:20-10:20       Session I

Illinois Bar Exam Trends: What Advisors and Students Need to Know

Like many states, Illinois significantly revamped its bar exam last year, which affected both statewide bar passage and pass rates for each law school. This session will provide important information about bar exam changes and preparation, what law schools are doing to improve bar passage rates, and what information incoming students need to know before selecting a law school.

10:30-11:30     Session II

Student Loan Program Updates and Understanding Payback Options

Access Group will provide a comprehensive overview of the ever-changing federal student loan programs and payback options. We will also learn about important free resources Access Group can provide to pre-law advisors and students to help them be financially savvy about the law school investment.

11:30-12:00     Tours of the law school

12:00-1:00       Lunch + networking with College of Law community

1:00-2:00         Career Services in Today’s Legal Market (Panel)

Career Services professionals from Illinois Law will share trends and updates about today’s legal market, including what employers are looking for, what students can do to prepare for the job market now, and career development programs and services provided by the law school.

2:00-3:00         Session III

Negotiating Financial Aid Packages for Law School

Negotiating financial aid has become common for today’s law school applicant. During this session an admissions dean and a pre-law advisor will share strategies and tips to share with students to effectively approach this delicate conversation.

3:00                 Conference Ends       


Registration and Scholarship

Registration is now open for the MAPLA Drive-In Conference on Friday, March 3, 2017!  Space is limited--register today!  Registration is $40 for current MAPLA members and $60 for non-members.  Scholarships are available for members and non-members to attend.  Complete the scholarship application prior to registration.
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Jamie Thomas-Ward, JD, MS
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