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
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?

10:30-11:30     Session 2
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?

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

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

1:00-2:00         Session 3
Is Career Services the New Target?
Employment is becoming an increasingly important factor in the law school decision process and Career Services Offices may be feeling pressure to produce the right outcomes.  What changes can we expect to see in the Career Services Offices as they work with students and help them secure employment after graduation?

2:00-3:00        Session 4
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?
       Networking and time to socialize

3:30                Conference Ends      



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