A full conference schedule will be available in July.
Conference participants can expect a robust schedule of sessions including:
- New Advisor Workshop
- Veteran Advisor Collaboration Session (new this year on Thursday morning!)
- LSAC Update
- Law School Fair
- Plenary sessions on topics ranging from using data to mental health issues in Pre-Law Advising
Enhancing Pre-Law Advisement Through Special Programming – Pre-law advisement can be supplemented with many special programs that provide excellent learning experiences for pre-law student populations. Although not required, some special programs can be competitive in nature, allowing advisors to identify specific student populations for certain opportunities and some include a mentorship component. Discover how you can implement these programs to enhance your current offerings. Presenters will provide a step-by-step approach to creating pre-law fellowships, institutes, scholars and similar programming. Attendees will receive sample student applications, marketing pieces and agendas used at each school represented.
Advising Through Difficult Circumstances – This panel will offer insight into advising students in less-than-ideal circumstances. Admissions professionals will explain how they view applicants 1) who are on the waitlist; 2) who have character and fitness struggles; 3) who have difficult majors but poor grades; or 4) who have been out of college for a while. A pre-law advisor will offer best practices for advising students through these difficult scenarios.
Navigating the New Legal Jobs Rules – NALP recently amended their Principles for a Fair and Ethical Legal Recruitment Process. Beginning this fall, law school career services officers do not have to wait until October 15 to work with 1Ls, and 1Ls do not have to wait until December 1 to apply for jobs. The timeline will dramatically affect the legal hiring process and potentially overhaul how 1Ls are hired for summer positions. The likely result is that students will need to be prepared upon entering law school to apply for summer positions. This session will discuss how pre-law advisors may end up taking on a greater role in helping students prepare for the 1L hiring process, including exposing students to different types of legal careers, helping with legal job document preparation, and working with students on professional development skills.
Creating a Comprehensive Pre-Law Program – Campus and community partnerships can play a vital role in creating academic and co-curricular opportunities for pre-law students by providing necessary resources or assistance. Important campus partners might include academic units, student life, residential housing, and student organizations. Local bar associations, law firms, state and local courts, and law schools can serve as helpful community connections. This session will discuss the following programs to illustrate how to build and utilize partnerships to create these opportunities for pre-law students to explore the law:
-Politics, Society, and Law Scholars Program, The Ohio State University
-All Rise! Exploring the Law (Pre-Law Living Learning Community), Fort Hays State University
Supporting Well-Being: Helping Prospective Law Students Find Healthy and Helpful Ways to Manage Substance Use and/or Mental Health Issues – How do pre-law advisors and law schools recognize and help their students meet the challenges presented by mental health and alcohol/drug issues? This plenary is moderated by Professor Jerry Organ of University of St. Thomas School of Law, and co-author of Suffering in Silence: The Survey of Law Student Well-Being and the Reluctance of Law Students to Seek Help for Substance Use and Mental Health Concerns. It will present results of the law student survey; address fears, founded and unfounded, that keep students from seeking help; discuss how to advise students on the issue of disclosure of mental health issues as it relates to law school and bar admission, and examine how this relates to character and fitness questions. In addition, it will offer insight into best practices in pre-law advising as it relates to mental health concerns. It likely will feature a panel including a pre-law advisor, a law school dean of students and a member of a state Board of Law Examiners to talk about well-being concerns at different points on the journey to the legal profession.
Enrollment, Net Tuition, Bar Passage and Employment Trends: Understanding the Data – This presentation will look at enrollment trends, along with scholarship trends that impact “net tuition”. In addition, the presentation will look at bar passage trends and employment outcome trends. The presentation will look at macro data as well as some disaggregated data focused on sub-categories of law schools
Using Data to Advocate for Pre-Law Advising – This interactive session will explore accessing data to enhance advising operations and advocate for resources from University leadership. In addition, using data can help determine how programming and outreach strategies could increase awareness of and access to Pre-Law Advising, particularly among underrepresented students.
Outcomes will include:
-Concrete ideas for next steps to integrate data into advocating for your department and students
-Time to connect with fellow advisors to learn how they are using data/assessment
-How to access data using your own university systems, in addition to LSAC