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Arkansas and Texas Adopt the Uniform Bar Exam

Arkansas and Texas have now adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). Arkansas will administer the UBE starting in February 2020 and Texas will administer the UBE starting in February 2021.

The UBE is coordinated by National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination, two Multistate Performance Test tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination. It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.

A complete list of UBE jurisdictions can be found on the NCBE website.

SWAPLA Conference Logistics

Dear SWAPLA Conference Attendees:

We are excited that you will be joining us at SWAPLA’s Annual Conference, April 4-6, 2019, in Oklahoma City!

The Conference Logistical details, such as Wi-Fi information and parking instructions, are now available on the Conference Webpage. Additionally, here are some law schools’ maps and the conference evaluation form .

Additionally, please let us know at your earliest convenience if you have dietary restrictions so that we can plan accordingly (email Ana.Alvarez@utsa.edu).

We are looking forward to seeing you in Oklahoma City!

Early Registration Deadline Approaching – 2019 SWAPLA Annual Conference

The early registration deadline for the 2019 SWAPLA Annual Conference is quickly approaching on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Registration links, sponsorship opportunities, and the conference agenda can be found on the Conference Webpage.

The SWAPLA Annual Conference will be held held April 4-6th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  This year’s conference theme echoes our emphasis on providing professional development opportunities. Topics covered will include:

  • Prelaw Advising 101 – Laying the Foundation for new PLAs
  • Prelaw Advising 201 – Building on the Foundation for experienced PLAs
  • Insider’s Perspective on the Law School Admissions Process
  • So, You Want to Go into Public Interest Law?
  • A Roadmap for Developing Prelaw Programs
  • PreLaw Transfer Project – A Collaboration Between Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions
  • Demystifying the CAS Report
  • Navigating Tricky Advising Questions Post-Submission

Plenary sessions will highlight the Digital LSAT and updated NALP Recruiting Guidelines.

In addition to attending the conference we encourage all SWAPLA members to volunteer for a Conference Committee. Please note that conference subsidies are available for (1) SWAPLA Members, (2) First-Time Conference Attendees, and (3) Advisors from HACU/HBCU/TBCU Schools

Volunteer for a 2019 SWAPLA Conference Committee!

SWAPLA invites you to join us at our 2019 Annual Conference, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’: Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future, One Day at a Time,” from Thursday, April 4, 2019 to Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

We are calling for volunteers to make sure the conference goes well. If you are interested in volunteering on any or several of the planning committees listed below, please email Ana Alvarez at ana.alvarez@utsa.edu.

Committees’ chairs and descriptions are the following.

Communications – Matthew Kerns

  • Develop and manage communications flow to Pre-Law Advisors and Law School Representatives
  • Develop and implement social media strategy before and during the conference
  • Develop, implement, and manage conference app
  • Promote activities during the conference and announce updates when necessary
  • Implement conference communications strategy for website, twitter, email, and mailings
  • Other activities as needed.

Registration – Sandy Self and Michelle Payne

  • Set-up conference registration system using online software
  • Maintain conference registration
  • Track and develop reports on conference registrants for reporting to conference chair, program chair, and various APLA representatives
  • Produce nametags
  • Manage registration table during conference
  • Other activities as needed

Logistics – Lori DeKalb

  • Source vendors and coordinate transportation needs throughout the conference
  • Collaborate with local CVB to provide resources and information about local/evening options to conference attendees
  • Manage space assignments at all conference sites
  • Coordinate and manage audio/visual orders at all conference sites
  • Coordinate and manage food and beverage orders
  • Organize bus captain volunteers to manage buses when traveling from hotel to law schools/return
  • Other activities as needed

Programming – Hong Tran Escobar

  • Compile and edit information for print program
  • Compile and input program information and presentations
  • Oversee publication of print program
  • Other activities as needed

Sponsorship/Vendors – Michelle Payne and Ana Alvarez

  • Develop and implement fundraising plan to secure financial sponsorships
  • Develop and implement a swag plan to secure and distribute giveaway donations
  • Obtain graphics, images, and any descriptions necessary for use in online and print materials
  • Other activities as needed

Budget – Barbara Kirby

  • Create and maintain conference budget
  • Other activities as needed

Please check our SWAPLA website at https://swapla.org/events/conference/ for subsidies opportunities, registration deadlines, and other conference information. We look forward to seeing you in April!

Volunteer for a 2020 PLANC Conference Committee!

The 2020 PLANC Conference is just 18 months away and will be in New Orleans from June 8-11, 2020. The PLANC Conference is a big undertaking that will require the assistance from volunteers to ensure all aspects of the conference are overseen and run efficiently. To assist in this process, we will need your help on various committees to head up major tasks to be completed before and during the conference. There will be an Operations Team and Program Team who will work closely with your Conference Chair and Program Chair throughout the planning process. Please review the PLANC 2020 Conference Committee Descriptions  for the various committees and responsibilities.

To volunteer, please fill out the PLANC Conference Committee Volunteer Form by Friday, January 11, 2019.

We hope you will consider volunteering for a committee and thank you for your commitment to furthering professional development in Pre-Law Advising.

Call for Proposals – 2019 SWAPLA Annual Conference

SWAPLA 2019’s conference theme is “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’: Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future, One Day at a Time!”

Our Board and Conference Committee are already hard at work planning an informative and educational conference that will enhance your prelaw advising knowledge and facilitate valuable professional connections and access to resources. We are looking for proposals from pre-law advisors, admissions representatives, and organizational professionals about the following topics: pre-law programming, legal careers (preparation and employment market information), teaching law to undergraduates, hot topics, and nuts & bolts of pre-law advising.

If you have an idea for a session for the 2019 conference, we want to hear from you. Those submitting proposals are encouraged to consider the conference audience. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed in one of the concurrent sessions, now is the time to let us know.

If you would like to contribute your perspective or area of expertise on workshops or panels that others might be presenting, especially if you already plan on attending, please contact Hong Tran Escobar indicating your area(s) of expertise and noting examples of possible topics to which you could contribute. While there may be more interested presenters/topics than we can accommodate, we will make every effort to include as many of you as possible.

A few things to keep in mind as you develop your proposal:

  • We will have our traditional “New Advisor” and “Experienced Advisor” sessions on the morning of April 4, 2019
  • These proposals will be considered for sessions occurring during the afternoon on Thursday, April 4, 2019 or on the afternoon of Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Our conference sessions are typically 60 minute sessions featuring 1-3 speakers

The proposal must include the following:

  • Complete contact information for the primary presenter/panelist (name, email, phone, mailing address)
  • Names, titles, and affiliations of all presenters/panelists
  • An abstract of no more than 250 words describing the proposed topic and how it relates to the 2019 Conference theme.
  • A general outline of the presentation, including all major topics/points to be addressed (high-level overview) – what are three takeaways the attendees will receive from your presentation?
  • Technology needs for your presentation

The proposal submission period closes on Friday, January 25, 2019; incomplete proposals will not be reviewed. Please email your proposal to Hong Tran Escobar and the SWAPLA Conference Programming Committee will review all complete proposals.

Notifications of accepted and declined proposals will be sent to the email address indicated on the proposal no later than February 8, 2019.

Registration Open – 2019 SWAPLA Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2019 SWAPLA Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, OK being held Apr. 4-6, 2019! This year’s theme is Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’: Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future, One Day at a Time. Be sure to register by February 16 to ensure you get the early conference fee ($125 before Feb. 16, $175 after Feb. 16). Visit SWAPLA’s website to register and stay up-to-date on the most current conference information.

Conference subsidies are available for:

  1. SWAPLA MembersSWAPLA members who stay in the Conference Hotel (The Colcord) and attend the entire conference, including the SWAPLA Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 6th, will receive a subsidy in the amount of $500.00 at the conclusion of the conference. This subsidy does not apply to HBCU/HACU/TBCU members who are receiving the LSAC subsidy.
  2. First-Time Conference AttendeesFirst-time attendees who stay in the Conference Hotel (The Colcord) and attend the entire conference, including the SWAPLA Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 6th, will receive an additional subsidy of $100.00. This subsidy does not apply to HBCU/HACU/TBCU members who are receiving the LSAC subsidy.
  3. Advisors From HACU/HBCU/TBCU SchoolsTo obtain LSAC funding 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. Please wait to receive your promo/access code prior to registering for the conference. You will  input this code into the promo code box below to register at the discounted rate. LSAC will confirm your registration with SWAPLA before any travel will be booked on your behalf. For questions, please contact Isabelle Ramos. 

Conference and hotel accommodations will be at the Colcord Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Use our special link to make your reservation before March 13 to get the reduced conference rate of $175/night.

We look forward to connecting with you in Oklahoma City!