National Asian Pacific American Pre-Law Conference

National Asian Pacific American Pre-Law Conference hosted by NAPABA

The Pre-Law Conference will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2013 during the 25th Annual NAPABA Convention

The Pre-Law Conference offers prospective applicants the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the legal profession and the law school admissions process. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with attorneys in different practice areas, current law students and admissions professionals.

Conference Objectives

  • To educate prospective Asian Pacific American law students about preparing for the Law School Admissions Test, applying to different law schools, financing their legal education, succeeding in law school, and passing the bar examination through public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures, workshops, and otherwise;
  • To educate the community about important issues related to the legal profession;
  • To raise awareness of minority and diversity issues related to Asian Pacific Americans in and out of law school and the legal community;
  • To connect prospective Asian Pacific American law students with other prospective and current law students, attorneys, educators, and judges to foster professional mentorship and networking opportunities.


Click here to register as an attendee.

Travel Stipend
Pre-Law Conference attendees from outside the Kansas City, MO area may apply for limited stipends for travel. Stipends will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need and interest in attending the conference. Stipends may be awarded on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply for stipends is October 11, 2013.

Click here to apply for a stipend.

Program for Saturday, November 9, 2013

Registration and Breakfast Networking (8:30 am-9:00 am)

Trianon A-D

After checking in and receiving conference materials, conference participants will have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with current law students, attorneys, and admissions professionals who are attending the NAPABA Convention.

Welcome (9:15am-9:30 am)

Trianon A-D

NAPABA will welcome attendees to the Conference. Participants will then be provided with a road map of the schedule and conference materials.

Student Panel (9:30 am-10:45 am)

Trianon A-D

“If I knew then what I know now, I would . . .” Learn from a panel of current law students what they would do differently if they were transported back in your shoes as applicants. They will also discuss what it takes to be a successful law student. Q&A to follow.

Break (10:45 am- 11:00 am)

Financing Your Legal Education (11:00 am-12:15 pm)

Trianon A-D

What does law school really cost these days? What can applicants do NOW to prepare for this three year financial endeavor? What role should scholarships play in the decision making process? What can a law student do to get the best return on their investment? Two financial aid experts walk conference participants through the ins and outs of financing their legal education.

Lunch and Plenary Session w/ NAPABA Convention Attendees (12:15 pm-1:45 pm)

Colonia/Imperial Ballroom

Pre-law conference participants will join NAPABA Convention attendees for a delicious lunch and hear from speakers who are experts in their field.

Three female members of Congress will share their experiences navigating the halls of power as women and as Asian Pacific Americans. They will discuss the various paths they took that lead them to Congress and the challenges and victories they experienced along the way. These Congresswomen will also share their perspective on current issues and hot legislative topics.

John C. Yang, Director, Legal Affairs, ITW (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)

Applying to Law School (2:15 pm-3:15 pm)

Trianon A-D

With thousands of applications being submitted to their schools every year, how do schools pick the best applicants for their schools? Seasoned law school administrators will discuss what they are looking for when reviewing application files and share tips on how applicants can maximize every aspect of their application. Q&A to follow.

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Law School Resource Room

Conference Attendees

Throughout the fair, conference attendees can browse through and pick up current application material (view books, curriculum notes, entering class profiles, etc.) from law schools all around the country.

Participating Law Schools

Boston College Law School
California Western School of Law
Capital University Law School
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Chapman University School of Law
Charlotte School of Law
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
DePaul University College of Law
Drake Law School
Duquesne University School of Law
Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
Florida Coastal School of Law
Florida International University College of Law
Fordham Law School
George Mason University School of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law
Gonzaga School of Law
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lewis & Clark Law School
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Marquette University Law School
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
New York Law School
Northeastern University School of Law
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Pace Law School
Penn State Law School
Roger Williams University School of Law
Santa Clara Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
St. Mary’s University School of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Suffolk University Law School
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Temple University Beasley School of law
The University of Mississippi School of Law
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Tulane University Law School
UC Davis School of Law
UC Irvine School of Law
UCLA School of Law
University of Cincinnati College of Law
University of Colorado Law School
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
University of Florida, Levin College of Law
University of Georgia School of Law
University of Maryland Carey School of Law
University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth School of Law
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
University of Michigan
University of Missouri School of Law
University of Oregon, School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
University of Washington School of Law
Washburn University School of Law
Wayne State University Law School
West Virginia University College of Law
William Mitchell College of Law
Yale Law School
New England School of Law

Law School Resource Registration Instruction

NAPABA invites law schools to send materials for our law school resource room, so we can make those materials available to attendees throughout the conference. All law schools must first register by clicking here and completing the form. Mailing instructions will be sent to all registrants. Please do not send materials directly to NAPABA. Once the form is completed, law schools must then pay a $75 registration fee by check. The check should be made payable to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and mailed to:

Melanie Robinson
1612 K St. NW
Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006

If you have any questions, please email Melanie Robinson.

(Please note that law school representatives may only attend if they are part of a panel).

Click here to register to send materials.

Sponsor of the Pre-Law Conference

Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

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