SouthWest Association of PreLaw Advisors

** Registration Deadline is August 18, 2017 **

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2017 Conference Sponsorship Information

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 our Dean's Diamond Sponsors, 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 open in early May and close on August 18, 2017..

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

2017 SAPLA/SWAPLA Conference Schedule

(Room numbers will be available in Conference Program distributed at registration)

Tuesday, September 12 Madison Hotel, Memphis

              Afternoon:      Conference Registration/Check-in: 4:00-7:00 pm – Madison Hotel Mezzanine

Wednesday, September 13 – University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

                Morning:      Conference Registration/Check-in: 7:30-10:30 am – Madison Hotel Mezzanine

Breakfast for those attending Newcomers Session: 8:00 – 9:00 am

New Pre-Law Advisors Session: 9:15 – 11:15 am

                Lunch:          Lunch hosted by University of Memphis Law School (everyone): 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

                                                Welcome by Dean Peter Letsou

                                    You Won’t Believe This!

                Afternoon:    All Advisors Sessions

                                        Breakout session #1: 1:15 – 2:35 pm

                                                Career Services / Professional School Pre-Law Advisors

                                                Faculty Pre-Law Advisors

                                    Breakout session #2:  2:45 – 4:00 pm

                                                Schools smaller than 5000 students

                                                Schools larger than 5000 students

                                    Conference Registration / Check-in: 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Madison Hotel Mezzanine

                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 School of Law

                Morning:      Conference Registration/Check-in: 7:00 - 8:00 am – Madison Hotel Mezzanine

                                    Travel: Leave hotel 8:00; arrive at Ole Miss at 9:45; breakfast provided on buses

Tour: 10:00 – 10:20 am

Breakout Session #3: 10:30 – 11:30 am

Why Students Go to Law School (or not): A Blueprint for Action

21st Century Law Schools

                Lunch:          Lunch hosted by University of Mississippi Law School, 11:45 – 1:15

                                    Welcome by Dean Debbie Bell

LSAC Update

                Afternoon:    Breakout Session #4: 1:30 – 2:30 pm

                                                Law School Fairs: How To and Do We Need To? What’s Next?

                                                Advising at the Intersections of Identity: Inclusion v. Exclusion

                                    Travel: Leave law school by 2:45 on the Rolling Cocktail Party; arrive back at hotel by 4:15

                Evening:       Law School and Vendor Social at the Madison Hotel Ballroom, 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 provided on buses

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

                                    Breakout Session #5: 10:30 – 11:30

                                                Advising Students About the Financial Aspects of Law School

Tough Calls: Advising Students Through Difficult Application Situations and Admissions Statuses

                                    Plenary Session: 11:40 am – 12:30 pm

                                                Alternative Admissions Programs

                Lunch:          Welcome by Dean John DiPippa: 12:30 – 12:45 pm

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

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

Travel: Leave law school by 2:00 pm on the Rolling Cocktail Party, 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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