This event’s goal is to help future diverse lawyers achieve success through featuring dynamic keynote and special guest speakers, providing critical information through panels and workshops, and facilitating priceless networking opportunities. It will address the importance of prior preparation and participation in pre-law diversity programs and initiatives, the role of diversity in the law school admissions process and how diverse applicants can make their diversity work for them, the value and costs of a legal education, and what it really takes to compete and succeed academically and in co-curricular activities in law school.
Even more, current law students, lawyers and law school diversity professionals will explain the educational benefits of diversity in law schools, and directly discuss the very real issues and concerns surrounding diversity commonly found in law school environments. They will address those added challenges that diverse law students must be prepared to face and give them concrete strategies to overcome those obstacles. They will encourage participants to appreciate the diversity they bring, the diversity they encounter, and to be forces to really help make diversity work. Attendees will be inspired to be positive contributors to their law schools inside and outside of the classroom, to be open to learning about, from and building relationships with people who are different from them, to boldly take on leadership roles in promoting diversity and inclusion in their law schools, and to create coalitions and alliances with other diverse student groups. Also, pre-law participants will be given the tips and tools that they will need to effectively take on leadership roles in diversity through speeches, discussions and hands-on exercises in the areas of cultural competence, negotiation, and coalition building and collaboration across differences in achieving common goals.
Moreover, knowledgeable lawyers and legal diversity administrators will discuss the realities of the current legal job market, what legal employers are looking for, and what pre-law students can begin to do now and will need to do moving forward to be considered competitive job candidates. They will also share what is required to be viewed as valuable and indispensable lawyers, how to advance in the legal profession, and ways they can contribute to increasing diversity once they become members of the bar. Further, they will give advice on how to create one’s own opportunities when they are not provided to them, as well as suggestions on pursuing non-traditional paths.
Another cornerstone of this conference is to stress the importance of social responsibility and service so that attendees can better understand the imperative of giving back to one’s communities and those coming behind them. What's more, attendees will be given information on ways that they can utilize their legal training for good, and contribute to social justice prior to law school, while in law school, and once they become lawyers through their jobs and pro bono volunteer service.
On top of that, the conference will feature a law school recruitment and diversity resources fair so pre-law students can obtain information on a variety of law schools, as well as programs, services and organizations that can assist them along their journeys to becoming lawyers. A workshop on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and a mock law school class taught by an actual law school professor will also be offered.
Additionally, taking advantage of the incredible resources in Washington, DC, registrants will be able to visit the actual places where laws are passed and major landmark judicial decisions are made through planned group visits to both the United States Capitol building and the Supreme Court of the United States. These visits will be convenient as the host hotel is located only a few minutes walking distance from both destinations.
Finally, all attendees are invited to the conference launch reception and informal closing social events. They will include structured networking activities that will purposely facilitate their meeting many new people and making meaningful connections with other aspiring lawyers, current law students, and lawyers.
Conference attendees will not only learn about what is required to be strong law school applicants, law students and lawyers, but also leaders in an increasingly diverse and global society. This conference promises to be a life-changing weekend that will have a lasting impact not only on attendees, but ultimately on the future of diversity in legal education and the legal profession. Most importantly, the event is offered completely free of charge and is open to absolutely everyone including diverse aspiring lawyers and their allies, law students, law graduates, lawyers, law school administrators, law professors, pre-law/career advisors, and multicultural/
Limited space is available so those interested in attending are encouraged to register early to reserve their spaces. Further information can be found at the official conference website at http://www.diversityprelawconference.org. You may also call 202-644-8992 with any questions.