SouthWest Association of PreLaw Advisors

The Southern and Southwestern Associations of Prelaw Advisors invite you to our upcoming joint conference September 13 - 15 in Memphis, Tennessee.  Our two regions are excited to join together to provide you with this valuable professional development opportunity designed to update you on current information and trends, exchange best practices, network with fellow advisors from both regions, and connect with law school representatives from across the U.S.    Our hotel is a historic building overlooking the Mississippi River and full of funky Memphis memorabilia.

This year's conference is dedicated to helping our students make the best informed decisions regarding attending law school: selecting schools which are the best fit with their goals, and understanding the current and changing climate in admissions, legal education, legal employment, and financial issues. It includes visits to the University of Memphis School of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, with an opening reception at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Registration will be open in early May.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL ADVISORS FROM HBCU/HACU SCHOOLS: Please note that if you are expecting conference funding from LSAC, you MUST contact LSAC's Diversity Initiatives Office PRIOR TO REGISTERING for the conference to ensure that you qualify for a travel subsidy and to receive the PROMO/ACCESS CODE for registration. You will need to input this code into the promo code box below to register at the discounted rate. LSAC will confirm your registration with SWAPLA or SAPLA before any travel will be booked on your behalf. For questions, please contact Yusuf Abdul-Kareem at yabdul-kareem@lsac.org.

If you are applying for a SWAPLA Conference Scholarship, please wait to register until the disposition of your scholarship application. 



2017 SAPLA/SWAPLA Conference Schedule (tentative)


Wednesday, September 13 – University of Memphis Law School

                Morning:      New Pre-Law Advisors Session

                Lunch:         Lunch hosted by University of Memphis Law School (everyone)

                                   Welcome by Dean Peter Letsou

                Afternoon:    All Advisors Session

                                    Breakout groups for Career/Professional Advisors and Faculty Advisors

                 Evening:     Opening Reception with Hors D’oeuvres at the National Civil

                                   Rights Museum, 6:00– 9:00   Tour included

Thursday, September 14 – University of Mississippi Law School

                                   Travel: Leave hotel 8:00; arrive at Ole Miss at 9:45; breakfast sandwiches

                                   provided on buses

                Morning:      Breakout Session 1: 10:00 – 11:00

                Lunch:          Lunch hosted by University of Mississippi Law School, 11:15 – 1:15

                                    Welcome by Dean Debbie Bell

                                     LSAC Update

                Afternoon:    Breakout Session 2: 1:30 – 2:30

                                    Travel: Leave law school by 2:45; arrive back at hotel by 4:15

                Evening:       Law School and Vendor Social at the Madison Hotel, 4:30 – 6:00

                                     Free Time:  Enjoy your night out in Memphis!

Friday, September 15 – University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Bowen School of Law

                                      Travel: Leave hotel 8:00; arrive at Arkansas Law 9:45; breakfast sandwiches

                                     provided on buses

                Morning:       Tour of the Law School: 10:00 – 10:15

                                    Breakout Session 3: 10:30 – 11:30

                                    Plenary Session: 11:45 – 12:40

                Lunch:          Welcome by Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz: 12:40 – 12:50

                                     Working Lunch hosted by University of Arkansas, Little Rock School of Law

                                     APLA Business Meetings (separate), 1:00 – 1:45

                                     Travel: Leave law school by 2:00 pm, bus will stop by Memphis airport around

                                   4:30 before returning to hotel

                                   Conference ends! Safe travels!


Saturday, September 16 – PLANC Board Meeting



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