Conference Schedule

Click here for the conference program book with a detailed schedule and descriptions.

Thursday, September 19, 2019—at the Marriott Downtown

8 a.m. Conference Registration Opens

Vendor tabling throughout the day


  • Continental Breakfast available
  • New Pre-Law Advisor Training—After 20 years I always learn something new, but this session is particularly helpful for those:
    • With less than three years pre-law advising experience
    • Veteran advisors that haven’t been to a training or conference for several years
  • Veteran’s Workshop—This will be a workshop in which veteran advisors are asked to consider how our profession serves students, undergraduate institutions, law schools, the legal profession, etc.  Think of it as a “State of the Profession” discussion that will set the tone for the rest of the conference!
  • Law School Representative Sessions—New this year and exclusive for the law school reps in attendance!  Two sessions are in development—more details soon!


  • Buffet lunch
  • Keynote Speaker


  • Conference sessions
  • Late afternoon Law School Fair
  • Later afternoon— Hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception


  • Dinner on your own

Friday, September 20, 2019—At Marquette Law School

Vendor tabling throughout the day


  • Bus from hotel to Marquette Law
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Sessions
  • LSAC Update


  • At Marquette


  • Concurrent and plenary sessions

Late afternoon/early evening

  • Event TBA


  • Dinner on your own

Saturday, September 21, 2019—At Milwaukee Downtown Marriott

Vendor tabling throughout the morning


  • Breakfast
  • Morning Sessions
  • Board Elections

Conference closes at noon

Breakout Sessions

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

Practical Idealism: Helping Applicants Better Prepare for Public Interest Careers

Many students go to law school with the intention of working as public interest attorneys or advocating for social justice.  What do these students need to understand – about hiring, the daily work demands, and salary expectations and loan repayment – that may differ from students who hope to work in private firms?  This panel will shed light on the realities of public interest careers, and offer advisors some questions to ask to help our applicants prepare.