NAPLA - The Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Conference Schedule At-A-Glance

The following is the conference schedule at-a-glance.  While it is still subject to change, the beginning and end times for the conference will remain consistent for purposes of making travel arrangements.  Those participating in New Pre-Law Advisor training should plan to arrive at the conference by 1:00pm on Monday, June 12thVeteran Pre-Law Advisors should plan to arrive at the conference no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 13th.  All participants should plan to depart the conference no earlier than 4:30pm on Thursday, June 15th.

Any adjustments to this schedule will be posted to this site and will not impact the conference’s start or end times.  Check back regularly for updates.


Monday, June 12th

 

 

1:00 to 5:00

Welcome and Check-In

William Pitt Union, Main Floor

2:00 to 5:00

New Advisor Training, Part 1

Ballroom, William Pitt Union

5:00 to 5:30

Break

 

5:30 to 6:30

Travel to PNC Park

Bus Pick-up: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

7:00 to ???

Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates

Skull Bar, PNC Park

Conclusion of Game

Travel to Conference Hotel

Bus Drop-off: Wyndam Pittsburgh University Center

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 13th

 

 

8:00 to 12:00

Check-In

William Pitt Union, Main Floor

8:30 to 11:30

New Advisor Training, Part 2

Lower Lounge, William Pitt Union

11:30 to 12:00

Break

 

12:00 to 1:15

Welcome Lunch

Assembly Room, William Pitt Union

1:15 to 2:45

Plenary Session 1

Ballroom, William Pitt Union

2:45 to 3:45

Pitt Law Tours

Barco Law Building

3:00 to 4:15

Law Fair and Poster Session

Assembly Room and Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union

4:15 to 4:30

Break

Snacks available:  William Pitt Union, Main Floor

4:30 to 5:00

Travel to Gateway Clipper

Bus Pick-up: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

5:00 to 5:30

Boarding at Gateway Clipper

Station Square, Pittsburgh

5:30 to 8:00

Gateway Clipper Dinner and Open Bar

Empress, Gateway Clipper Fleet

8:00 to 8:30

Travel to Conference Hotel

Bus Drop-off: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 14th

 

 

Before 9:00

Breakfast on your own

 

9:00 to 9:30

Travel to Duquesne Law

Bus Pick-up: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

9:30 to 10:45

Concurrent Session 1

Duquesne University School of Law

10:45 to 11:00

Break

Snacks available: 1st Floor, Duquesne Law

11:00 to 12:15

Concurrent Session 2

Duquesne University School of Law

12:15 to 12:30

Break

 

12:30 to 2:00

Mentor/Mentee Lunch

Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Duquesne University

2:00 to 3:15

Plenary Session 2

Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Duquesne University

3:15 to 3:30

Break

Snacks available: 1st Floor, Duquesne Law

3:30 to 4:30

Duquesne Law Tours

Duquesne University School of Law, 1st Floor Lobby

4:30 to 5:45

Concurrent Session 3

Duquesne University School of Law

5:45 to 6:00

Break

 

6:00 to 7:30

Dinner

Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Duquesne University

7:30 to 8:00

Travel to Conference Hotel

Bus Drop-off: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

After 8:00

Explore Pittsburgh on Your Own

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 15th

 

 

8:00 to 9:00

Meet the Candidates Breakfast

Assembly Room, William Pitt Union

9:00 to 10:15

Concurrent Session 4

William Pitt Union

10:15 to 10:30

Break

Snacks Available: William Pitt Union Main Floor

10:30 to 11:45

Concurrent Session 5

William Pitt Union

11:45 to 12:00

Break

 

12:00 to 1:30

Lunch and NAPLA Business Meeting

Assembly Room, William Pitt Union

1:30 to 2:45

Plenary Session 3

Ballroom, William Pitt Union

2:45 to 3:00

Break

Snacks Available: William Pitt Union Main Floor

3:00 to 4:15

Farewell Session

Ballroom, William Pitt Union

After 4:30

Conference Concludes -- Safe Travels

Safe Travels!


Full Conference Schedule

Monday, June 12th

1:00 to 5:00                          Welcome and Check-In                                                                                                                                                                                                        University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Main Floor
                                               Promotional Items sponsored by Quinnipiac University School of Law

2:00 to 5:00                          New Advisor Training (Part 1)                                                                                                                                                                                                            University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

Welcome to all new pre-law advisors!  New Advisor Training is designed to help bring those who are new (or newish) to pre-law advising up to speed on all the basics of advising students through the law school application process.  Our team of experienced advisors will cover such topics as advising students on whether they should go to law school, when they should go to law school, how to pick potential schools, and what to expect in law school.  Specific aspects of the application process, such as the timeline, the LSAC, the LSAT, the CAS, letters of recommendation, and law school essays will be discussed.  This two-part training will provide an excellent foundation for those entering the profession or a great refresher for anyone looking to hone their skills.

  • Victoria Turco, Senior Manager of Pre-Law and Professional Development Programs, Georgetown University
  • Anne Grieves, Assistant Director of Career Development, Northeastern University
  • Lauren Dropkin, Assistant Director of Pre-Law & Graduate School Advising, Brandeis University
  • Rita Ralston, Pre-Law Advisor, Boston University
  • Nancy Gibson, Associate Director and Pre-Law Advisor, Bates College
  • Karen Graziano, Pre-Law Advisor/Faculty, Princeton University/Villanova University
  • Dianne McDonald, Pre-Law Advisor, Bucknell University
  • Allie Linsenmeyer, Director of Admissions, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

5:30 to 6:30                          Travel to PNC Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Buses to depart from Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center (Conference Hotel)
                                               Buses sponsored by Penn State University – Dickinson School of Law

7:00 to ???                             Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates                                                                                                                                                                   PNC park
                                                Sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions

Start your Pittsburgh experience by watching the Pittsburgh Pirates battle the Colorado Rockies in one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country.  We will be taking over an area known as the “Skull Bar,” with a private seating area that has been fully stocked with ballpark favorite food and drinks. 

*Seating in this event is limited.  Advanced registration for this event is required.

Conclusion of Game         Travel to University of Pittsburgh                                                                                                                                                                                                  Buses returning from PNC Park to Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
                                              
Buses sponsored by Penn State University – Dickinson School of Law               

Tuesday, June 13th

8:00 to 12:00                       Welcome and Check-In                                                                                                                                                                                                                       University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Main Floor
                                              Promotional Items sponsored by Quinnipiac University School of Law 
                                                                                                                                                       

8:30 to 11:30                       New Advisor Training (Part 2)                                                                                                                                                                                                         University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge
                                              Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Marquette University School of Law

Welcome to all new pre-law advisors!  New Advisor Training is designed to help bring those who are new (or newish) to pre-law advising up to speed on all the basics of advising students through the law school application process.  Our team of experienced advisors will cover such topics as advising students on whether they should go to law school, when they should go to law school, how to pick potential schools, and what to expect in law school.  Specific aspects of the application process, such as the timeline, the LSAC, the LSAT, the CAS, letters of recommendation, and law school essays will be discussed.  This two-part training will provide an excellent foundation for those entering the profession or a great refresher for anyone looking to hone their skills.

  • Victoria Turco, Senior Manager of Pre-Law and Professional Development Programs, Georgetown University
  • Anne Grieves, Assistant Director of Career Development, Northeastern University
  • Lauren Dropkin, Assistant Director of Pre-Law & Graduate School Advising, Brandeis University
  • Rita Ralston, Pre-Law Advisor, Boston University
  • Nancy Gibson, Associate Director and Pre-Law Advisor, Bates College
  • Karen Graziano, Pre-Law Advisor/Faculty, Princeton University/Villanova University
  • Dianne McDonald, Pre-Law Advisor, Bucknell University
  • Allie Linsenmeyer, Director of Admissions, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

12:00 to 1:15                     Welcome Lunch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room
                                             Sponsored by Penn State University - Penn State Law

1:15 to 2:45                         Plenary Session 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Annual Report

The LSAC presents its annual report to the NAPLA membership.  This session includes updated trends/data on LSAT test takers and applicants to law school, as well as any changes and updates to services for pre-law advisors and law school applicants.  New this year will be a discussion of the life of an LSAT test question, where we will hear from a member of the team that writes the test questions, who will describe the process by which a question goes from initial creation to appearance on the LSAT.

  • Led by Vivian Bowden, Executive Director for Education, Pre-Law Programs, and Member Support Services, Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
  • Will include presentations by various other members of the LSAC staff


2:45 to 3:45                          Tours of University of Pittsburgh School of Law                                                                                                                                                                        Tours to Depart from Conference Registration Table, William Pitt Union, Main Floor and travel to Barco Law Building

Take a tour of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s facilities in the Barco Law Building.

3:00 to 4:14                          Law Fair and Poster Session                                                                                                                                                                                                              University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room and Kurtzman Room

Meet with representatives from over 60 law schools in an informal setting allowing for networking, discussions, and building/maintaining relationships.  All law schools in attendance at the conference will be provided a table, and pre-law advisors are encouraged to walk throughout the facility to meet with representatives from various schools. 

In addition to the law school fair, there will be two poster presentations:

  • 3+3 Law School Admission Programs
  • Presented by Darren Botello-Samson, Associate Professor and Pre-Law Advisor at Pittsburg State University
  • Professor Botello-Samson will present research on 3+3 admission programs, focusing on an historical analysis of law school admission practices, statistical data describing the prevalence of such programs and identifying explanatory factors, and survey research measuring the perception of undergraduate pre-law advisors of the effectiveness of such programs.
  • The GRE
  • Presented by Jay Thomas, Executive Director of Pre-Law Programs at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
  • While still not prevalent, a couple of law schools have announced they will accept GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores from law school applicants.  What is the GRE?  How is it different from the LSAT?  This poster will explain the differences between these tests and provide the basics every pre-law advisor should know about the structure and content of the GRE.


4:15 to 4:30                         Quick Snack Break                                                                                                                                                                                                                               University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Main Floor                                                                                                                                                                       Sponsored by University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Be sure to stop by the registration area to grab a quick snack for the road on the way to the buses for the Gateway Clipper Cruise.

4:30 to 5:00                         Travel  to Station Square for Gateway Clipper                                                                                                                                                                             Buses to depart from Wyndam Pittsbrugh University Center (Conference Hotel)                                                                                                                              Buses sponsored by Penn State University - Dickinson School of Law

5:00 to 8:00                          Diner and Drinks on the Gateway Clipper                                                                                                                                                                                    Ship departs from Station Square                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Duquesne University School of Law

Join your fellow pre-law advisors and law school admission professionals for dinner and drinks while taking in some of the most scenic views Pittsburgh has to offer.  Admire the Pittsburgh skyline while cruising through the city’s rivers on “Empress,” the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s longest serving vessel ever.  While taking in the sights, be sure to sample the various Pittsburgh delicacies provided as part of the “Pittsburgh Dinner Buffet,” and be sure to try out a specialty cocktail created and sponsored by one of our sponsoring law schools.

8:00 to 8:30                          Travel to University of Pittsburgh                                                                                                                                                                                                   Buses returning from Station Square to Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center                                                                                                       Buses sponsored by Penn State University – Dickinson School of Law                                                                                               

Wednesday, June 14th

Before 9:00                           Breakfast on Your Own

Grab a bite to eat at your favorite breakfast spot before catching the bus to the Duquesne University School of Law for a day packed with great sessions!

9:00 to 9:30                            Travel to Duquesne University                                                                                                                                                                                                         Buses depart from Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center (Conference Hotel)                                                                                                         Buses sponsored by Penn State University – Dickinson School of Law   

9:30 to 10:45                         Concurrent Session 1


             A.     Teaching Law to Undergraduates
  • 1.     Legal Writing Assignments That Make a Difference                                                                                                                                           Duquesne University School of Law, Room 311

Many of our members who advise prelaw students also teach prelaw courses. This year, we are introducing a new track of five panels that is directed toward providing you with new perspectives on the best methods and exercises to prepare your students for success in law school. 

Moderator:  Victoria Turco, Senior Manager, Prelaw and Professional Development Programs, Georgetown University.  Discussant:  Professor Tracy McGaugh Norton, Touro Law Center.

  • Professor Tom Rozinski, Touro College, writing judicial opinions
  • Professor Kyle Kopko, Elizabethtown College, summarizing certiorari petitions
  • Professor Karen Graziano, Villanova University, writing law review articles
 
B.
     Nuts and Bolts of Pre-Law Advising
  • 2.     Misconduct, Character, and Fitness – Tough Questions, Tough Answers                                                                                                       Duquesne University School of Law, Room 203

Character and fitness questions appear on every law schools’ application. How do you advise a prospective student who has a blemished background? How do negative character and fitness answers impact the overall admissions decision?  How do law schools advise applicants? What happens when an irregularity occurs during the LSAT? How does a misconduct/irregularity flag get onto an applicant’s record. During this session, two seasoned law school admissions deans will sort through these difficult questions, with time for question and answer.

  • Kristine Jackson, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Colorado Law School
  • Anita Walton, Assistant Dean for Admission, Rutgers Law School
 
C.      Pre-Law Programming
  • 3.     Working outside the box: Creative ways to engage and inform diverse student populations                                                                     Duquesne University School of Law, Room 208

There is no doubt that the pool of under-represented and diverse students applying to law schools is extremely small.  So let's all put our heads together to think outside the box to come up with creative ways to introduce the concept of law school and the legal profession to students from varying backgrounds and resources to increase the pipeline.  This panel will explore creative ways to collaborate with non-traditional pre-law organizations and other audiences to introduce law school as an option to diverse students.

  • Issa DiSciullo, Former Assistant Dean of Admissions and Director of Diversity, Kline School of Law, Drexel University
  • Wendy Vonnegut, Pre-Law Advisor, Methodist University
  • George Justice, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Touro College of Law

  D.     Preparing Students for Careers in Law

  • 4.     JD-MBA and Other Law & Business Combinations                                                                                                                                    Duquesne University School of Law, Room 301

JD-MBA degrees deserve even more attention than they traditionally gather because of three recent developments.  1) Many students need more than a simple JD to be attractive to various legal employers, given the drop in legal hiring and employers' strong preference for business-savvy new hires.    2) Shorter JD-MBA programs are now on offer.  A dozen schools--including Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, Penn, Columbia, Boston University, and Indiana--offer three-year joint degrees.  3) Alternative business programs, such as the Master's in Management, are now available at numerous schools. 

The result of these developments is that many applicants should consider combining some form of business education with their JD programs.  This presentation will explore JD-MBA and other joint law and business programs.

  • Richard Montauk, author of How to Get Into the Top Law Schools and How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs
  • Bruce Delmonico, Dean of Admissions, Yale School of Management
  • Rob Schwartz, Assistant Dean for Admissions, UCLA School of Law
 
 E.      Hot Topics in Pre-Law Advising

  • 5.     How the New Presidential Administration Might Impact Law School Financial Aid                                                                                      Duquesne University School of Law, Room 204

Currently six months into President Trump's term we will look at changes and/or potential changes to Higher Education & financial aid policy and how it might impact Law Schools and law school students.

  • Stephen Brown, Assistant Dean, Fordham Law
  • Gisele Joachim, Dean of Enrollment Management, Seton Hall Law School


10:45 to 11:00                          Break                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Snacks available on 1st Floor, Duquesne University School of Law
                                                    Sponsored by Liberty University School of Law

11:00 to 12:15                           Concurrent Session 2


 A.     Teaching Law to Undergraduates

  • 1.     Teaching Critical Thinking to Undergraduates                                                                                                                                    Duquesne School of Law, Room 311

Many of our members who advise prelaw students also teach prelaw courses. This year, we are introducing a new track of five panels that is directed toward providing you with new perspectives on the best methods and exercises to prepare your students for success in law school.

Moderator:  Dean Rodney Smolla, Widener Law School.  Discussant:  Dean Harry Ballan, Touro Law Center.

  • Professor Heather Frederick, Slippery Rock State College, debating civil liberties
  • Professor Tom Rozinski, Touro College, debating justice as prelaw preparation
  • Professor Phil Benesch, Lebanon Valley College, role of political philosophy in prelaw preparation


 B.      Nuts and Bolts of Pre-Law Advising
  • 2.     Ethical Responsibilities of a Pre-Law Advisor in a Changing Marketplace                                                                                                     Duquesne School of Law, Room 203

I have been doing this job for quite a while, and I have always thought that it is not my place to actively discourage individual students from applying to law school (I almost always encourage students not to go right out of college). I have hinted around it with some students over the years, but never come out and said that they shouldn't go to law school. I have several students and alums now, though, who just shouldn't go. They have low GPAs, are on the low end of the LSAT --- and I have my doubts about whether they will be able to pass the Bar. My question is, what is my obligation?  Just as attorneys need to provide information to clients about how the law impacts their situation so that the clients can make informed decisions about how to proceed, so too pre-law advisors need to provide information to prospective law students about the realities of getting into law school and getting admitted to practice law. Attorneys generally need to be respectful of client autonomy, even when clients seem inclined to make decision with which the attorney may not agree. What about pre-law advisors? Should pre-law advisors be respectful of prospective law student autonomy when prospective law students seem inclined to make ill-advised decisions about going to law school? How has the changing legal education marketplace impacted the ways in which pre-law advisors engage with prospective law students? Should pre-law advisors be door-openers or gate-keepers or both?

  • Jerry Organ, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Anne Grieves, Assistant Director of Career Development, Northeastern University
  • Ed Egan, Director, Pre-Law Program, Mount St. Mary’s University
  •  Victoria Turco, Senior Manager, Pre-Law and Professional Development Programs, Georgetown University


 C.      Pre-Law Programming
  • 3.     Building Your Pre-Law Network Through Advising and Programming                                                                                                  Duquesne School of Law, Room 208

How advisors can create career exploration and personal discernment opportunities through cross campus and community collaborations

  • Susan Belmonte, Pre-Law Advisor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Anh Murphy, College Advisor, Syracuse University
  • Shruti Viswanathan, Director of Advising and Career Services, Syracuse University


 D.     Preparing Students for Careers in Law
  • 4.     21st Century Legal Careers: The Hottest Attorney and JD-Advantage Careers                                                                                  Duquesne School of Law, Room 204

Based on my current 21st Century Legal Career Series of booklets for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). The series examines 35 legal careers that are expanding and have staying power. I will provide NAPLA attendees with an overview of these fields, why they are hot, who hires, how students should position themselves for these jobs, etc. 

  • Richard Hermann, author of nine books on legal careers (four published by the American Bar Association), runner-up for the 2010 Ben Franklin Award for Best Career Book (Managing Your Legal Career), and founder and CEO of the nation's leading legal career consulting firm (sold to Thomson Reuters).


 E.      Hot Topics in Pre-Law Advising
  • 5.     Pre-Law Advising, There’s an App for That – Leveraging Technology for Holistic Student Advising                                                            Duquesne School of Law, Room 301

Today’s undergrads use a Learning Management System (LMS) like Canvas or Blackboard every day. Harnessing these systems can streamline and improve your pre-law advising dramatically.   Do you wish there were a way to see all parts of a student’s potential law school application at an advising appointment? Do you repeat the same information over and over to individual students, wishing for a way to convey it to every student at once- but in a form they will actually read?   Come discover the value of creating a Law School Application Portal for your students.  Find easy ways to create things like a practice LSAT sign-up and senior exit survey.  Use decision-tree software such as TWINE to compare scholarship offers or explore career options. Integrate announcements, timelines and upcoming deadlines into your portal.  Leverage effective communication of your ideas to students through infographics and portal design. Bring your laptops, we will explore several of these apps in this session.

  • Elizabeth W. Zimmerman, Esq., Prelaw Advisor, Miami University

12:30 to 2:00                           Mentor/Mentee Lunch                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Carles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Duquesne University
                                                   Sponsored by Touro Law

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to sit together for lunch to get to know one another.  During lunch, we will also have a presentation on “How Music Can Make You a Bette Lawyer” by Dean Harry Ballan of Touro Law Center.  Dean Ballan has a Ph.D. in Music from Yale and a J.D. from Columbia.  In addition to serving as Dean of the Touro Law Center, he is a scholar of music and neuroscience.

2:00 to 3:15                          Plenary Session 2                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                              
Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Duquesne University  

Outliers, Exceptions, and Special Snowflakes

We all advise applicants who surprise us.  And many of us have applicants who are hoping to be the “exceptions” to admissions statistics – to obtain admissions results that their numbers might not predict.  What should advisors keep in mind when helping applicants who are (or think they are) a special snowflake as they identify target schools and prepare their applications?  What kind of advocacy, if any, is appropriate when we believe an applicant is truly stellar with unusual circumstances?  What should we encourage applicants to learn about a school’s culture and resources if they may be an “outlier” in that community?

This session was organized as a place for advisors and admissions folks to come together to focus on risks, rewards, and special considerations when advising or admitting applicants who would fall into t he bottom 25% of a class based on LSAT/GPA.  We’ll also talk about other forms of outliers and special snowflakes – applicants whose age, prior experiences, or other attributes are unusual.  In particular, we’ll hear about Harvard Law’s Junior Deferral Program and its move to accept both the LSAT and the GRE.

  • Moderator:  Sherry Mason, Pre-Law Advisor, Bowdoin College
  • Anita Walton, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Rutgers University School of Law
  • Tom Robinson, Director of Admissions, Harvard Law School
  • Eric Van Dorn, Director of Admissions, University of Southern California


3:15 to 3:30                         Break                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Snacks available on 1st Floor, Duquesne University School of Law
                                              S
ponsored by New York Law School

3:30 to 4:30                          Tours of the Duquesne University School of Law                                                                                                                                                                      Tours to depart from the Conference Registration Table, Duquesne School of Law, 1st Floor Lobby

4:30 to 5:45                          Concurrent Session 3

 A.     Teaching Law to Undergraduates
  • 1.     Using Legal Simulations to Build Skills for Law School                                                                                                                                 Duquesne University School of Law, Room 311

Many of our members who advise prelaw students also teach prelaw courses. This year, we are introducing a new track of five panels that is directed toward providing you with new perspectives on the best methods and exercises to prepare your students for success in law school.

Moderator:  Assistant Dean and Professor Kyle Kopko, Elizabethtown College.  Discussant:  Professor Tom Rozinski, Touro College

  • Professor Steven Lichtman, Shippensburg State University, Senate confirmation hearing
  • Dean Rodney Smolla, Widener Law School, Supreme Court argument panel
  • Kyle Kopko, Elizabethtown College, Supreme Court conference


 B.      Pre-Law Programming
  • 2.     A Mathematician Decodes the LSAT                                                                                                                                                       Duquesne University School of Law, Room 204

As Honors Director I amassed a good deal of information about the LSAT and its connection to acceptance to law school, and I realized early in my tenure that the LSAT is nothing more than a series of 120 logic puzzles, a subject I have been teaching for decades. So I designed a course for our students on how to learn logic and apply it to LSAT-type problems, a skill they will need to do well on the test but also to succeed in law school and as practicing lawyers. I have taught this subject to over 4000 students in the last 11 years with great success and I have been encouraged to share my ideas with pre-law advisors.

  • Raymond Coughlin, Professor, Temple University


 C.      Preparing Students for Careers in Law
  • 3.     The Future of Law: How Innovative Degrees, Certificates, and Programs as well as Online and Weekend Delivery Methods are Re-Shaping the Way Law Schools Work Today                                                                                                                                            Duquesne University School of Law, Room 208

With the ABA reporting the number of matriculated 1L students remaining steady in 2016, law schools are hard at work developing innovative ways to provide legal knowledge and experience to professionals whose success in the workplace necessitates an increase of knowledge and professional development as well as providing those seeking a traditional law degree with more flexible ways to obtain their degrees. The benefits of jurisprudence masters programs include studying in specialized legal areas, enhancing career opportunities, conducting rigorous legal research, and providing students with a head start in compliance certificates. How will these increases in legal knowledge aid in specific sectors? How do employers view these programs? And will these programs disrupt the current legal market – both positively and negatively? How will the new offerings in the legal market, including online programs, open this education to underserved markets? This session takes stock of current changes in the legal market and the future of law school education and the profession from the lens of law school admission professionals, faculty, and pre-law advisors.

  • Karen Graziano, Pre-Law Advisor Consultant, Princeton University
  • Pamela Bloomquist, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid, Loyola Chicago Law
  • Michele R. Pistone, Professor of Law, Villanova University; Director, Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services (CARES), Villanova University; Adjunct Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
  • Victoria Turco, Senior Manager of Pre-Law and Professional Development Programs, Georgetown University


D.     Hot Topics in Pre-Law Advising
  • 4.     Advising Students about Financial Aspects of Law School – Net Tuition Trends (2010-2014) Across Different LSAT Categories and Practical Tools, Resources, and Strategies to Help Students Navigate Law School Financing to Impact Financial Wellness upon Graduation.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Duquesne University School of Law, Room 203

This presentation will review the results of a dynamic net tuition model (tuition less scholarship) that distributes entering students in fall 2010 through fall 2014 into six LSAT categories (165+, 160-164, 155-159, 150-154, 145-159 and <145) with six corresponding net tuition categories ($0-10K, $10K-20K, $20K-30K, $30K-40K, $40K-50K, $50-60).  The model shows that net tuition has increased for those at the high LSAT and low LSAT ranges while net tuition has remained relatively flat or decreased for those in the middle LSAT ranges.  Moreover, reflecting the changing pool of applicants, all LSAT categories have seen the average rank of law school attended improve over this period. Regardless where students find themselves, law school is an important investment. How can you help your students make more informed decisions on financing this most important investment.  Learn about the practical tools and resources, schools can use to help students make the best financial decisions so that they can be financially well grounded when they leave law school.

  • Jerry Organ, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Jacquie Carroll, Senior Education Services Manager, AccessLex Institute


6:00 to 7:30                          Dinner                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                              
Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Duquesne University 
                                               Sponsored by Widener University Delaware School of Law

7:30 to 8:00                          Travel to University of Pittsburgh                                                                                                                                                                                                   Buses returning from Duquesne University to Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center                                                                                                       Buses sponsored by Penn State University – Dickinson School of Law

After 8:00                             Explore Pittsburgh on Your Own

Thursday, June 15th

8:00 to 9:00                          Meet the Candidates Breakfast                                                                                                                                                      
                                              
University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room 
                                               Sponsored by Michigan State Law School

Come enjoy a hearty breakfast and meet the 2017 slate of candidates for the NAPLA Board and NAPLA Officer positions.

9:00 to 10:15                        Concurrent Session 4


  A.     Teaching Law to Undergraduates

  • 1.     Improving Undergraduate Writing by Teaching Memo-Writing                                                                                                             University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

Many of our members who advise pre-law students also teach pre-law courses. This year, we are introducing a new track of five panels that is directed toward providing you with new perspectives on the best methods and exercises to prepare your students for success in law school.

Moderator:  Professor Tom Rozinski, Touro College.  Discussant:  Professor Tracy McGaugh Norton, Touro Law Center.

  • Professor Phillip Mink, University of Delaware, developing coherent paragraphs
  • Professor Teresa Bean, Hood College, writing case briefs
  • Professor Bradford Deel, University of Charleston, teaching IRAC
 
 B.
      Nuts and Bolts of Pre-Law Advising
  • 2.     LGBT and the LSAP (Law School Admissions Process)                                                                                                                                 University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Dining Room A (1st Floor)

This is an exciting time for LGBT individuals to enter law school. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues have never been more relevant in our society than they are today. However, as students begin preparing for a legal career, the law school admissions process can provide extra complications. Should an applicant “come out” on their application? Is the law school welcoming to LGBT students? How will your LGBT identity be perceived by future employers? This session will raise these questions and many more as we begin the conversation about LGBT in the LSAP (law school admissions process).

  • Elizabeth Cavallari, Senior Assistant Dean for Admission, William & mary Law School
  • Matthew Kerns, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Scholarships, and Enrollment Data at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Rita Ralston, Pre-Law Advisor, Boston University
 
 C.      Pre-Law Programming

  • 3.     Helping Students Navigate Law School Financing                                                                                                                                        University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

Law school is an investment. Financing that investment is often seen as complex and mysterious.  Help your students to demystify the process and become a trusted source for independent information.  This session will address costs, aid options - institutional, federal and private - and strategies.  We will discuss the financing process, the role of loans, credit, repayment options and loan forgiveness. Join AccessLex (formerly AccessGroup) and an experienced financial aid administrator to explore law student financing.

  • Stephen Brown, Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Financial Aid, Fordham Law School
  • Jennifer Schott, AFC, Director, Educational Services, AccessLex


 D.     Preparing Students for Careers in Law
  • 4.     Internship Experience at Home and Abroad                                                                                                                                                 University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Dining Room B (1st Floor)

An in depth review of how to advise and coach pre-law students to develop effective internship search strategies to gain valuable experiences in both domestic and international settings.

  • Kat Kolozsvary, Career & Pre-Law Advisor, Colgate University
  • Christopher Brooks, Associate Professor, East Stroudsburg of Pennsylvania


 E.      Hot Topics in Pre-Law Advising
  • 5.     Law School Admissions Officer Survey Results Revealed                                                                                                                             University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room

Each year, Kaplan Test Prep has conducts a survey of law school admissions officers. Topics covered include admissions trends and the importance of the different parts of the application, including Academic Record, performance on the LSAT, personal statement, prior legal experience, recommendations, etc..  Can a strong personal statement overcome weaknesses in other parts of an application file? Can a poor personal statement be a “deal breaker?”  When is an addendum appropriate?  Character and Fitness issues; how many students have them; how to address them; are they “deal breakers?”  Does social media have a role in the admissions process?  Are law schools planning on expanding programs, i.e., accelerated 2-year; spring-semester start; part-time; academic Masters, etc.?  What is the atmosphere at the individual law schools; competitive or collegial?  Are faculty at the individual law schools tough or lenient?  What are expectations for the future: are things getting better in terms of interest in the legal profession and applicant volume?  In this session, the 2016-2017 survey results will be revealed and pundits (law admissions officers) will provide commentary and discussion.

  • Led by Jeff Thomas, Executive Director, Pre-Law Programs, Kaplan Test Prep and Admission
  • Joined by a panel of law school admissions officers


10:15 to 10:30                     Break                                                                                                                                                   
                                              
Snacks available on Main Floor, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
                                               Sponsored by
University of New Hampshire Law School                                                          

10:30 to 11:15                    Concurrent Session 5


 A.     Teaching Law to Undergraduates
  • 1.     Framing Our Legal System                                                                                                                                                                         University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

Many of our members who advise prelaw students also teach prelaw courses. This year, we are introducing a new track of five panels that is directed toward providing you with new perspectives on the best methods and exercises to prepare your students for success in law school.

Moderator:  Professor Tom Rozinski, Touro College.

  • Professor Terri Mester, Case Western Reserve University
  • Professor Thomas Mester, Case Western Reserve Law School
  • Wendy Vonnegut, Prelaw Director, Methodist University


 B.      Nuts and Bolts of Pre-Law Advising
  • 2.     The Waiting Game – Advising for the Waitlist                                                                                                                                               University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room

Advising for the waitlist is often a shot in the dark—every school is different. This presentation will discuss best practices; we will explain the general dos and don’ts and share some funny stories and experiences along the way.

  • Elizabeth Cavallari, Senior Assistant Dean for Admission, William & Mary Law School
  • Matthew V. Kerns, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Scholarships, and Enrollment Data at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Greg Shaffer, Coordinator of Pre-Law Advising, University of Maryland


 C.      Pre-Law Programming
  • 3.     Advising to Those with “Unusual Circumstances”                                                                                                                                University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

Many law school applicants look similar on paper and many applicants will present files with similar concerns (LSAT scores less than they would like, freshman GPA problems, etc.). This session is intended to assist you in counseling students with less-common application concerns. These situations may be related to (but not only) character & fitness, erratic grading patterns, uncommonly large LSAT score discrepancies, and/or misconduct charges. Through case studies, we will assist you in helping applicants navigate these less-common situations.

  • Gisele Joachim, Dean of Enrollment Management, Seton Hall Law School
  • Jay Jorgensen, Director of Admissions, University of Richmond School of Law


 D.     Preparing Students for Careers in Law
  • 4.     Making the Most of the Pre-Law Advisor/Law School Admission Officer Relationship                                                                                 University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Dining Room A (1st Floor)

The effective relationship between Prelaw Advisor and Law School Admission Officer plays an important part in the successful completion of the goals of each party. Finding the best fit between candidate and law school is advanced by an open, candid and cordial relationship. Join a panel of experienced law school admission officers and a veteran prelaw advisor as we explore the expectation and concerns, do’s and don’ts and important issues which test our professional relationships. Topics include admission and scholarship advocacy, wait-list and deadline protocols, and recruitment fair enhancements.

  • Joseph G. Kenny, Associate Professor of Business & Prelaw Advisor, St. John’s University
  • Michael States, Assistant Dean for Admission, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
  • Alicia Meehan, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment, St. John’s University School of Law
  • Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Associate Director of Admissions, University of Denver Sturm College of Law


 E.      Hot Topics in Pre-Law Advising
  •   5.     PreLaw Advisors and For Profit Organizations: Is there a happy medium?                                                                                                University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Dining Room B (1st Floor)

This hot topic will discuss whether or not there is a happy medium for pre-law advisors and for-profit organizations to work together in a way that will benefit potential law students in their journey.  Hear from two pre-law advirsors...One who works creatively with corporate partners to maximize program opportunities for his students and the other who has a more conservative approach when engaging outside organizations.  Is there value to collaborating?  Is there really a happy medium?  You be the judge!

  • Issa DiSciullo, Former Assistant Dean of Admissions and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Kline School of Law, Drexel University
  • Heather Frederick, Associate Professor of Political Science and Prelaw Program Coordinator, Slippery Rock University
  • Michael Vitlip, Pre-Law Advisor, Drexel University


12:00 to 1:30                       Lunch and NAPLA Business Meeting                                                                                                                                             
                                              
University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room 
                                               Sponsored by
Syracuse Law School

1:30 to 2:45                          Plenary Session 3                                                                                                                                                      
                                              
University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

An Update on the Entry Level Legal Employment Market 

James G. Leipold, Executive Director of the National Associate for Law Placement (NALP) will address current trends in the entry level legal job market.  What changes have taken place in post-graduate employment?  How are submarkets evolving over time?  Are there differences across states and regions?  What can we project for the legal job market in the next few years, based on relevant trends in data?  Director Leipold will draw on his extensive experience to answer these questions and more.

  • Jim Leipold, Executive Director, National Association of Law Placement (NALP)

2:45 to 3:00                         Break                                                                                                                                                   
                                              
Snacks available on Main Floor, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
                                               Sponsored by
Western New England University School of Law                                         

3:00 to 4:15                         Farewell Session                                                                                                                                                   
                                              
University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Ballroom                                                                                                               

YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS: A DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF THE RIDICULOUS----WHAT ADMISSIONS OFFICERS SEE AND HEAR !

This plenary is designed for the purpose of acquainting pre-law advisors with the sometimes wacky world that admission officers live in especially with this texting generation.  Admissions Officers will share some bizarre, tacky, tasteless, unbelievable applications, communications, visits and items they have received from applicants. Though this may be presented in a light-hearted manner, the intent is serious. These are no-nos that pre-law advisors should convey to their advisees.

  • Moderator:  Gerald Wilson, Senior Associate Dean, Duke University
  • George A. Justice, Jr., Associate Dean for Admissions, Touro College – Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • Grant Keener, Interim Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Allie Linsenmeyer, Director of Admissions, The University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Erin Van Dorn, Director of Admissions, University of Southern California Gould School of Law


4:30                                        Conference Concludes – Safe Travels

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