NAPLA - The Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Conference Proposals

2017 NAPLA Conference - Pittsburgh, PA

2017 NAPLA Conference
Monday, June 12th through Thursday, June 15th
Pittsburgh, PA

The 2017 NAPLA Conference will be held Monday, June 12th through Thursday, June 15th in Pittsburgh, PA. This page includes information to aid in planning for the conference. Check back periodically, as updates will be added to this page regularly.

The Proposal Submission Period Has Closed!

Announcing the Call for Proposals for the 2017 NAPLA Conference

The 2017 NAPLA Conference will be held Monday, June 12th through Thursday, June 15th in Pittsburgh, PA.  NAPLA is currently accepting proposals for sessions to be held throughout the conference.  Concurrent sessions will be held over the course of five separate time slots spanning the three days from Tuesday, June 13th through Thursday, June 15th (Monday, June 12th will primarily consist of new pre-law advisor training).

Each year we call upon those involved in preparing students for law school, as well as law school officials, to propose informational and engaging sessions to be held throughout the week. These proposed sessions create the cornerstone of the conference program and help to determine the success of the conference.

NAPLA needs you!

If you have an idea for a session to be held at the upcoming NAPLA conference, please use the link provided below to submit a proposal. This proposal can be an idea for an interesting topic, an individual plan for a presentation, or a topic to be addressed by several speakers.  The session you propose does not need to be a completed program, but rather can still be a work in progress.  Please provide as much detail as you are able, though, so that we may have an accurate reflection of what you envision.  Please submit all proposals by Friday, December 23rd.  The Conference Committee will review submissions over the coming months, contacting all those who submitted a proposal by the end of February.

This year the conference sessions will be organized into five separate tracks. These tracks are intended to provide organization to the sessions so that conference attendees can better identify those sessions they most wish to attend.  The five categories for submissions are:

  • Nuts and Bolts of Pre-Law Advising: This category will include a variety of topics intended to both assist those who are new to advising students interested in entering the legal profession, as well as provide valuable insights to veteran advisors on some of the more challenging aspects of working with pre-law students. Some examples of sessions that might fall into this category include a mock admission panel, personal statements, advising students applying to foreign law schools, or meeting institutional reporting requirements.

  • Preparing Students for Careers in the Law: With the many recent changes and fluctuations in the legal job market, this category will include sessions involving various aspects of the legal job market and legal careers. This track will include sessions exploring ways of working with students to prepare them for a career in law and advising students interested in a career within a non-traditional legal job market. Examples of sessions that might fall into this category include teaching professionalism to pre-law students, making sense of law school career data, or preparing for legal jobs in the tech industry.

  • Teaching Law to Undergraduates: This track will include panels designed to share information about how undergraduates are taught law and legal writing. The track will be of greatest interest to those who hold undergraduate teaching positions, but it will also provide valuable insights for those who counsel students about what classes to take in preparation for law school. Some examples of sessions that might fall into this category include methods used to teach legal subjects/legal writing, methods of assessment, or comparing undergraduate and law school teaching of the same topic.

  • Pre-Law Programming: The programming that pre-law advisors run for their students varies greatly from institution to institution. This track will provide the space for advisors to showcase some of the great, unique programming they are running at their institutions. This category might include such topics as mock trial and moot court programs, various methods of delivering programming to pre-law students (such as the integration of webinars, social media, etc.), or successful ways of marketing programs to students to maximize the students taking advantage of such programming.

  • Hot Topics: It seems the world of pre-law advising and law school admissions has been changing more frequently than ever over the last decade. This track provides the opportunity for us to visit the topics most pressing to pre-law advisors today. Submissions can include any topic of importance to those advising pre-law students, with preference given to those topics that are most timely in this ever-changing landscape of law school admissions. In order for these topics to truly be “hot,” we will continue accepting submissions for the Hot Topics track through March 15th. This does mean those submitting proposals for this track may not hear a definitive response to their proposal until March.

If you have an idea for a great conference session, but you don’t feel like it fits neatly into one of the tracks listed above, we encourage you to submit your proposal anyway. When filling out the submissions form, just choose “Other” within the “Proposed Conference Presentation Track” field.

NAPLA is exploring the possibility of incorporating a poster session to the conference program for 2017. Those sessions not selected as a conference session may be invited to present their topic as a poster at the conference.  If interested, please indicate your willingness to present at the poster session in the appropriate space when filling out the online proposal submission form.

To submit a proposal:

Fill out this Form by Friday, December 23rd.

We are looking forward to a great conference in 2017, but we can’t do it alone. We need your great proposals to make this goal a reality.  Whatever your idea, we encourage you to submit a proposal to present at the conference.

If you have any questions about how to submit a proposal or the conference itself, visit or email

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