We want the pre-law participants who benefit from our programming to walk away from our conferences having learned the following:
• What are the current available statistics regarding minority law school applicants, law students, bar takers, and lawyers
•How to effectively navigate the highly competitive law school admissions process, and particularly what law schools are looking for in attractive applicants, and the common application mistakes to avoid
• How to prepare to become more competitive and strategic applicants with regards to the overall admissions package, including the personal statement, diversity statement, resume and addendum
• What is the significance of the LSAT to law schools, the role it plays in the admissions process, what it is designed to predict, and whether there are cultural biases in this exam
• How to properly and thoroughly prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to earn a high score
• Issues involving affirmative action, and the role of diversity (racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, educational, cultural, experiential, etc.) in the law school admissions process
• What is the significance of academic preparedness and standing out from tough competition.
• How to choose the right law school
• What various law schools across the country have to offer
• How the financial aid process works, and how schools select recipients of grants, scholarships, and fellowship
• What are the requirements of Loan Repayment Assistant Programs (LRAP) and which schools offer them
• How to manage law school debt and relevant financial concerns during the current economic downturn
• How to read and brief a legal case, and prepare for a class discussion
• What is the law school learning experience like (through participating in a real class with cold calling and Socratic questioning)
• How to go into the first year of law school prepared to hit the ground running due to the great importance of academic performance during that critical initial year
• What are the academic rigors, demands, and expectations of legal education
• How to make the most of the entire law school experience
• How to make their diversity work for them by contributing to the law school inside and outside of the classroom
• What are the available general and minority law school preparatory summer programs
• What academic support is available to law students, and which schools have structured academic support programs
• What are the unique challenges that diverse students (African Americans, Latinos, women, those with disabilities, LGBT status, etc.) in particular face in law school admission, law school, and in legal work environments
• What are the coping mechanisms for overcoming other people’s prejudices against underrepresented minorities and misperceptions about their ability to excel and surpass low expectations
• What are the challenges of preparing for the bar exam, what it takes to pass it, and the importance of passage of this high-stakes licensing exam as a bridge to entry into the practice of law
• What career options are available to J.D. degree holders
• How to approach the job search and interviewing process, and what legal employers are looking for
• What are the factors involved in retaining diverse lawyers in legal work environments
• What are the keys to career advancement
• How to create one’s own job opportunities
• What is the value of the Juris Doctor degree, especially in the current economy
• What is appropriate etiquette in the business world
• How to project a professional business image
• How to network effectively, establish and build relationships, and find the right mentors
• How to create a support system to help ensure their persistence and success