Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors
MAPLA Drive-In Conference
Join us for the 2nd Annual MAPLA Drive-In Conference

This one-day conference at the University of Iowa College of Law offers:
  • Professional development sessions (see topics below)
  • Networking with other pre-law advisors and the Iowa Law community
  • Tours of the law school and opportunities to meet Iowa Law faculty and students
  • Free breakfast, lunch, and parking!


Date and Time
Friday, March 9, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 Conference Schedule--The order of sessions may be subject to change based on speaker availability
8:30-9:00         Breakfast 

9:00-9:15         Welcome from Dean Agrawal            

9:20-10:20       Session I: To Specialize or Not to Specialize 
How much should law students and law schools focus on specialties?  How can students evaluate the quality of a specialty program, and does attending a law school with a center or certificate program produce better employment outcomes?  Knowing that a student's focus will often change, how important are specialized programs to the overall success of a law student?

Featured panelists:
Associate Dean Emily Hughes, University of Iowa College of Law
Professor Jason Rantanen, University of Iowa College of Law
Professor Bram Elias, University of Iowa College of Law
Gwyn Wallander, Pre-Law Advisor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

10:30-11:30     Session 2: Hot Topics in Law School Admissions
With several recent changes to the LSAT, increasing use of the GRE in law school admissions, changing student priorities in selecting law schools, and increasingly challenging character and fitness issues, how are law school admissions offices handling and preparing for these changes?

Featured panelists:
Cristina Gapasin, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Amy Best, Director of Admissions, University of Iowa College of Law

11:30-12:30     Lunch with College of Law Community

12:30-1:00       Tours of the Law School           

1:00-2:00         Session 3: How Are Student Services Offices Addressing Mental Health and Other Issues?
An increasing number of students with mental illness are now pursuing post-graduate education.  What are law schools doing to engage with these students and to address other personal and behavioral issues presented by the current generation of law students?          

Featured panelists:
Dean of Students Carin Crain, University of Iowa College of Law
Barry Schreier, Director, University Counseling Service
Martha Kirby, Senior Academic Advisor, University of Iowa

2:00-3:00        Session 4: The Evolving Role of Law School Career Services--Data, Emerging Careers, and Well-Being
Law School Career Services have seen renewed focus as more emphasis is being placed on employment outcomes and the numerous entities that provide “interpretations” of that data.  The numerous third parties that interpret these statistics do not always do so in a way that accurately reflects all the various aspects that prospective students may be interested in considering, nor do they necessarily reflect the evolving legal market.  We will discuss how to use the various ranking and data sites when working with prospective law students to help them understand what they are seeing and how it can vary from site to site.  In addition, we will share data on emerging trends in the legal market, how career services is evolving in its work with students and alumni, and how pre-law advisors can continue to help best prepare students for success in law school.

Featured panelist:
 Jennie Zwagerman, Director of Career Development, Drake University School of Law
       Networking and time to socialize

3:30                Conference Ends      



Registration is $40 and is now open.
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Jamie Thomas-Ward, JD, MS
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