PLANC 2020 Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for the PLANC 2020 Conference “Recovery and Growth: Best Practices and Creative Approaches in Pre-Law” is now open!

To submit a proposal for one of the six concurrent conference program tracks or the poster session, please do the following:

  1. Review the Conference Theme and Program Track descriptions at
  2. Complete the submission form at

The submission window for concurrent (breakout) session proposals and poster proposals will run from today through Sunday December 1.  Proposals will be reviewed by our Program Selection committee in December with decisions finalized and the accepted proposal presenters notified in January.

Save the Date – 2020 PLANC Conference

PLANC 2020
“Recovery and Growth: Best Practices and Creative Approaches in Pre-Law”
Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11, 2020
Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel

Join us in New Orleans one year from now for the 2020 PLANC Quadrennial Conference!  Registration will open in Fall 2019 and our call for program proposals will go out in late summer!  Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you all in New Orleans.  

Applications for the Program Selection Committee are now open.  Please complete this interest form by Monday, June 24th!  The Program Selection Committee will review submitted program proposals for our concurrent sessions during the conference.  Participation in another conference committee does not preclude you from also putting in an interest form for this committee.

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

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

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 for subsidies opportunities, registration deadlines, and other conference information. We look forward to seeing you in April!