SouthWest Association of PreLaw Advisors


  • 07 Jul 2014 11:37 AM | Karen Severn (Administrator)

    It's time once again for Law School Admissions offices to register for the Swapla Caravan. As in past years, we do have space issues at some of the more popular schools, so early registration is in your best interest!

    After the LSAC Houston Forum, our buses will whisk you to College Station on Tuesday morning for the Law Fair at Texas A&M, from 11 to 2. Afterwards, you will be deposited at the Embassy Suites/Townlake in Austin, just in time for the Manager's Reception!

    On Wednesday, travel to San Antonio for law fair at UTSA from 11 to 2. On the way back to Austin, buses will stop in San Marcos for a law fair from 4 to 6, then back to your Austin hotel.

    Thursday will see you at the University of Texas at Austin from 10 to 1, then a short drive up I-35 to Waco and law fair at Baylor University from 4 to 6. We will overnight at the Waco Hilton.

    On Friday, travel by coach to University of Texas at Dallas for a law fair from 11 to 1. At the end of the fair, the buses will go to Love Field.

    Whew! long week, but (hopefully) you will find the right applicants for your school. 

    A more substantial itinerary will be available later.

    Detailed hotel information is available on the Documents page, here

  • 17 May 2013 3:30 PM | Karen Severn (Administrator)

    Well, the hotels are lined up for our favorite law schools reps!  We hope you will enjoy your stay in Texas this year and we found nice properties for you! Registration for the actual Caravan should be ready soon, but here's a heads up on the hotels!

    Lubbock- Overton Hotel and Conference Center. Deadline to register is September 29, 2013. Stay here on October 13 Book a Standard Room for $119 per night.

    Dallas- October 14 - Rennaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. Last date to register is September 23, 2013. Book Standard at Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel for $139 per night

    Austin- October 15 & 16- The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown. $189 per night. Free wireless. Deadline to register is September 24, 2013.  Book Standard King at Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center for $189 per night

    San Antonio- October 17 -Marriott Plaza San Antonio--  Deadline to register is Friday, September 20, 2013. If you are attending the Swapla Conference, too, (we sure hope so!), you should book at least one more night. Marriott Plaza San Antonio for 139 per night

  • 27 Aug 2012 4:45 PM | Karen Severn (Administrator)

    The Swapla Law School Caravans will be here soon! please check out the locations on the Events page. Students, alumni, advisors and professors from any undergraduate school are welcome to attend a Caravan site and meet with law schools professionals. We will have an updated roster of who's attending in the next week or so, but this will be the largest Caravan ever, with over 120 law schools at some locations.

    Also, parking and other information will be available on this website. Prelaw advisors may wish to contact a site coordinator to find out more about attending their site.

    Finally, we are proud to note that we added an evening Caravan location this year in San Marcos. For those applicants working in the San Antonio/Austin continuum, this will be an ideal location to come after work.

    Karen Severn, Caravan Coordinator

  • 31 Jan 2010 12:00 PM | Karen Severn (Administrator)

    Fellow Pre-Law Advisor:

    We are all deep into the academic year now. LSAT prep and law school applications lure our students, and classes and advising responsibilities absorb our time. In the midst of this ongoing swirl of activity, we write to communicate with you about our associations that help us all in our pre-law advising.

    If you are not familiar with the Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA), we are a professional support organization serving both faculty and staff of colleges and universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. We sponsor the annual caravan of law school fairs and a pre-law advisors conference with programs to share information about pre-law advising. We are one of several regional “APLAs” across the nation; these APLAS, in turn, come together with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to form the Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC). SWAPLA not only has delegates on PLANC, but several SWAPLA members also serve in leadership positions in PLANC. Every fourth yearundefinedevery presidential election yearundefinedPLANC hosts a national conference for pre-law advisors, instead of the annual regional APLA conferences. Thus, this year, we SWAPLA-area pre-law advisors are invited to the national PLANC conference, which will be held in Washington, D.C.

    We write to invite your membership and participation in SWAPLA and your attendance at the PLANC convention. Please visit for information about registration, program, hotel, and costs. As usual, the earlier you register, the more likely you will get the conference hotel rate and be able to research travel options.

    PLANC conference costs include the registration fee (which already includes annual SWAPLA dues!), hotel, food, travel. Because we are determined to have a strong SWAPLA presence in Washington, we want to make you aware of subsidy options. If you are at a HACU or HBCU school, the LSAC may have a subsidy available. If you are not eligible for the LSAC subsidy, the SWAPLA board has decided to offer a subsidy of $400 to the first 25 SWAPLA registrants who submit their completed registration materials to us and who then attend the conference and the annual SWAPLA meeting that is held the last day of the conference. Finally, PLANC hopes to have a limited number of scholarships.

    We have found the annual SWAPLA conferences and the quadrennial PLANC conference to be a very valuable experience in helping us learn and apply best practices with our pre-law students. Please consider joining your fellow SWAPLA pre-law advisors at the national conference.

    Sincerely yours,

    Ana Alvarez                                 Gary A. Keith                            Sandy Self, J.D.

    Ana Alvarez                                        Gary A. Keith                                      Sandy Self, J.D.

    SWAPLA Board Member                    SWAPLA President                              SWAPLA Board Secretary                          SWAPLA                                             (325) 660-5885

                                                                PO Box 137063                         

                                                                Fort Worth TX 76136



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