Free National Pre-Law Conference Encourages the Success of Aspiring Black Lawyers

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    Houston, TX — Thinking about exploring law school but need to get the facts and connect with those who have already been through it in order to make a more fully informed decision? This fall, Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, hosts the nation’s premier information-sharing and networking empowerment event focused on the success of aspiring Black lawyers. The Sixth Annual National Black Pre-Law Admissions & Preparation Conference and Law School Recruitment Fair 2010 will be held from Thursday, November 11 until Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the University of Houston’s University Center in Houston, Texas.

    This year’s schedule is jam-packed with everything any aspiring lawyer would need to know to make an educated decision regarding pursuing a professional legal education. There will be powerful and thought-provoking workshop sessions and panel discussions made up of expert law school administrators and accomplished law students, lawyers and judges imparting information in all critical areas a future law student should become knowledgeable about. Critical information will be imparted through discussions and workshops covering the law school admissions process, the Law School Admission Test, personal and diversity statements, financing a legal education, selecting a law school, preparing for and making the most of the law school experience, diversity issues, passing the bar exam, different legal career options and paths, finding success in the legal job search, networking and relationship building, etiquette and business image, strategic planning, and the keys to career advancement. All sessions will be followed by a question and answer period.

    Moreover, participants will have the unique opportunity to actually experience what it feels like to be a law student in the law school classroom. There will mock law school classes conducted by real law professors where students will be separated into pre-assigned “sections” just like in law school. Attendees are expected to read the assigned case, brief it, and be prepared to discuss. Any student is fair game to be cold called just as if they were actual law students. The class will include discussion of the value of the case method and Socratic questioning in law school instruction.

    In addition to learning key “insider” information, participants will be able to gain small group interaction and networking opportunities that they otherwise would not receive in a friendly and non-threatening environment. There will be structured networking activities including icebreakers, refreshment breaks, speed networking, and receptions/mixers. The Law School Admissions & Preparation Help Advice Clinic, a signature event, will also take place so that attendees can get answers to their specific questions. Registrants will also have the opportunity to get one-on-one assistance with their personal statements, diversity statements, addenda, and resumes from law school administrators and trained “attorney mentors.” No other comprehensive national pre-law conference like this exists – period.

    Furthermore, the popular Law School Recruitment Fair will take place during a dedicated time block where pre-law students will have the opportunity to talk to law school representatives from nearly 100 law schools at all tier levels from across the country. These schools’ presence at the fair and desire to share what their schools have to offer demonstrate their interest in increasing diversity and particularly African American representation at their schools and in the legal profession. With only 7% of law students and 4% of all lawyers being African American, the need remains great.

    Highlights of the conference will include powerful keynote speeches. An opening talk by Columbia Law Professor Conrad Johnson, discussing his recent study “The Disturbing Trend in Law School Diversity,” will kick off the event. Karen Wishart, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of TV One, a major African American cable/satellite television network that reaches approximately 50 million homes, will share an empowering message with participants. Kent Lollis, Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives, for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), will also address attendees during the Friday keynote luncheon. Moreover, Adrien Katherine Wing, an international and comparative Law Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, among the top-tiered law schools in the country, will share her experiences with conferees. Additionally, Dennis Shields, former Dean of Admissions at the University of Michigan Law School, whose admissions policies were unsuccessfully challenged in the landmark Supreme Court affirmative action admissions case Grutter v. Bollinger, will speak with those in attendance. Before the conference officially begins, motivational pre-conference power sessions will be conducted by Attorney Evangeline M. Mitchell, conference Executive Director, founder of The National Black Pre-Law Network, and author of The African American Pre-Law School Advice Guide and The African American Law School Survival Guide. She will explain to participants exactly what they should do to truly maximize their experience throughout the conference and law fair, and will stress the importance of creating a strategic action plan and following through to help ensure their future success. Pre-conference power sessions on the critical areas of professional business image and etiquette, as well as networking and relationship building will be conducted as well. Nearly 100 law school administrators, law students, attorneys, and judges will participate in about 30 featured workshop sessions and panel discussions.

    This groundbreaking “must attend” event is free of charge and open to the public. The conference is free as a special service to students who will need to cover the costs of travel and hotel accommodations attending from across the country in a down economy. It in no way reflects the true value or quality of the event, both of which are high. The conference team is available to assist students in finding low cost flights and roommates to help defray the expense of their hotel stay.

    High school students, college students, college graduates, working professionals, career changers, pre-law, career, and diversity/multicultural advisors, as well as supporters, and parents who want to encourage and guide their children who are interested in law school are all encouraged to come out and take part in what this conference has to offer. Everyone is welcome regardless of race or ethnicity. Registration is required and can be done quickly and easily online. Premium registrations are also available.

    Further information and updates regarding the conference schedule and featured speakers can be found at the official conference website at www.BlackPreLaw.com. You may also call 281-247-4026, or send an e-mail to blackprelaw@gmail.com.

    Contact Information:
    Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M., Founder and Executive Director
    National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair
    P.O. Box 631234
    Houston, Texas 77263
    Phone/Fax: 281-247-4026 or 281-296-3504
    Website: www.BlackPreLaw.com