Date

November 12, 2020 & November 25, 2020

Location

Totally Virtual

Capacity

3,000 Spots

Speakers

Keynotes, Guests, Panelists, Presenters

About Us / why we do what we do

THE VISION of the National Black Pre-Law Conference is to provide a powerful forum to help increase the numbers of excellent, strategic and competitive African American law school applicants, students and graduates nationwide.

THE MISSION of The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is to provide a high-quality, comprehensive national event designed specifically for aspiring Black lawyers. Its purpose is to provide them with access to empowering information, resources, and contacts that will assist them in the challenging journey ahead in pursuing admission into law school, success in the law school experience and on the bar exam, and beyond.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Our conference is designed to help them prior to beginning their law school careers so they can have the key “insider” information and encouragement they need to help them to better understand what it really takes to be successful in their quest to become lawyers.

* Founded in 2005 by Evangeline M. Mitchell, a graduate of HBCU Prairie View A&M University, the University of Iowa College of Law, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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Quick Facts / you ought to know

From 2005 until 2019, the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair has:

Featured 67 keynote speakers, 158 special guest/guest speakers, and over 791 community leaders, law students, lawyers, law school administrators, and judges who have served as featured panelists, moderators, workshop presenters, advisors, mentors, and small group discussion leaders.

Registered Approx. 8,000 registrants nationwide.

Approx. 188+ Law Schools Attended to recruit potential law students.

Hosted 310+ mock law school classes, workshops, panels, clinics and other sessions.

Garnered the support of numerous elected officials and bar leaders.

The National Black Pre-Law Conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about:

the current statistics regarding African American law school applicants and law students

how to effectively navigate the law school admissions process

how to prepare to become more competitive and strategic applicants in regards to the overall package

how to properly prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

issues involving affirmative action and the role of diversity in the law school admissions process

how to choose the right law school for you

what various law schools across the country have to offer

how the financial aid process works, how schools select recipients of scholarships and fellowships, loan repayment assistance programs, managing law school debt, and relevant financial concerns during the current economic downturn

what is the value of the J.D.

what is the law student learning experience like (through a mock law school class with an assignment to read and brief a case to prepare for the Socratic method of class discussion)

how to make the most of the law school experience

how to make your diversity (racial, socioeconomic, educational, cultural, experience, etc.) work for you by contributing to the law school inside and outside of the classroom

what minority law school preparatory programs are available

what academic support is available to law students

what the unique challenges are that African Americans in particular face in law school admission, law school, and in the legal work environment, and coping mechanisms to overcome other people’s prejudices and misperceptions

how to project a professional business image

how to approach the job search and interviewing process, and what legal employers are really looking for

what the bar exam is and what it takes to pass the bar exam

what career options are available, and how to create your own opportunities

how to network effectively and seek out mentors

keys to career advancement

Benefits / Your FREE Registration Package Includes:

Pre-Event Orientation on “How to Maximize the VIRTUAL National Black Pre-Law Conference”
Pre-Event Strategy Booklet and Poems & Verses Booklet
Virtual Meet-Ups to Connect with Fellow Attendees, Speakers
Major Keynote Speakers Include:
– A. Scott Bolden, Esq., Partner, Reed Smith LLP (Washington, DC)
– Gregory Davis, J.D., Ph.D., Diversity Law Expert and Quantitative Researcher (Menlo Park, California)
– Lonita Baker, Esq., M.B.A., Co-Counsel for Breonna Taylor’s Family, Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers (Louisville, Kentucky)
– Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Founder & Principal, The Taifa Group LLC (Washington, DC)
– The Honorable Leah Ward Sears, Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice, Partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (Atlanta, Georgia)
– The Honorable Willie J. Epps, United States Magistrate Judge, Western District of Missouri (Jefferson City, Missouri)
– Vincent Warren, Esq., Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights (New York, New York)
Panels Discussions on:
– Law School Admissions
– We Did It And So Can You!: How We Earned High Grades and LSAT Scores, and Distinguished Ourselves to Earn Admission into Top Law Schools
– The Non-Traditional Path to Law School
– The Great Value of Pipeline Programs for Admission and Law Student Success
– The Black Law Student Experience
– Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project
– You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Uncommon Knowledge That Helps Determine Success in the Professional World and in Life
– African Americans and the Bar Exam: Advice on Overcoming the Obstacles of the Final Rite of Passage to Becoming a Lawyer
– How to Start and Sustain Your Black-Owned Law Practice
– Black Lawyers for Black People
– African American Lawyers and BIGLAW: Things You Should Know About Recruitment, Expectations, Retention and Career Advancement If You Choose to Pursue This Path
– Black Lawyers for Black People
– How to Start and Sustain Your Black-Owned Law Practice
– Lessons from Successful Black Lawyers (Featuring Co-Authors of New Book)

Mock Law School Class
Special Social Justice Master Class: Featuring Legendary Civil Rights Attorney Theodore M. Shaw, Esq. – Reflections on 40+ Years of Law Practice
Workshops on:
– About the LSAT
– Financing Legal Education
– The Law School Personal Statement and Diversity Statement
Virtual Law School Recruitment Fair (Featuring 130+Law Schools From Across the Country) with Live Q&A, and Chat Opportunities During Special Dedicated Time Block
Virtual Closing Ceremony – Reading of the Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge
Interactive Networking and Connection-Making Opportunities BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER the event
FREE BOOKS!
– Pre-Law Attendees Receive Complimentary E-Copy of “Creating a Strategic Action Plan for Law School Admission Success” Workbook by Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.
– Pre-Law Attendees Receive Complimentary E-Copy of “Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants” Edited by Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.
– Pre-Law Attendees Receive Complimentary E-Copy of “The African American Law School Survival Guide” by Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.
– Pre-Law Attendees Receive Complimentary E-Copy of “Conquering the Bar Exam” Edited by Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.
– Pre-Law Attendees Receive Complimentary E-Copy of “Lessons from Successful African American Lawyers: Practical Wisdom for Those on the Path to Lawyerhood” Edited by Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.
Chances to Win Prizes!
– “I AM WHAT AN ASPIRING LAWYER LOOKS LIKE” t-shirts
– Amazon.com and Starbucks gift cards
Sneak Peek at “Becoming Black Lawyers” Documentary Series

Schedule of Events / what's happening when

Event Speakers / listen to amazing law students and lawyers

Videos / highlights from past events

Virtual Law fair / meet the law schools, sponsors, and other organizations

testimonials / See What People Say About Us

Learn more about what past attendees think. Check out our Facebook Reviews for yourself: https://www.facebook.com/NationalBlackPreLawConference/reviews/?ref=page_internal

Tickets / get access to this event

PRE-LAW STUDENT/ASPIRING LAWYER

Free

Sales end on Nov 9, 2020
Admission to all sessions and the Law School Recruitment Fair. Limited seating. First come, first served.

Law Student

Free

Sales end on Nov 9, 2020

Lawyer

Free

Sales end on Nov 09, 2020

PRE-LAW ADVISOR

Free

 Sales end on Nov 9, 2020 Admission to all sessions and Law School Recruitment Fair

PARENTS. MENTOR & SUPPORTERS

Free

 Sales end on Nov 9, 2020 Admission to all sessions and Law School Recruitment Fair

Observer

Free

(Don’t Fit Other Registration Categories)
Sales end on Nov 12, 2020

VIRTUAL LAW SCHOOL FAIR (LAW SCHOOLS & EMPLOYERS)

$200.00 +$13.80 Fee

 Sales end on Oct 31, 2020

Added Law School Rep

Free

(Registered Law Schools ONLY) Sales end on Nov 09, 2020

Event FAQS / find your answers

It is your responsibility to make sure that you have downloaded the Whova and Zoom apps and that they are in good working condition prior to the event. You must also make sure you have Internet access and everything necessary to fully participate in the virtual event. The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is not responsible for any audiovisual equipment, phones, computers, or Internet connections that will enable you to access this free online event. We are unable to provide any troubleshooting or technical support before, during, or after the event.
Yes! Our livestream sessions will be hosted via Zoom, as well as our breakout sessions and some of our virtual meetups. If possible, please download the app and sign up for a free account. You can sign up for a FREE Zoom account at https://zoom.us/.
Here is a link to the tutorial: https://whova.com/resources/how-to-guide/user-tutorial/
Yes! This is the virtual platform that we chose to host the event. After you register, we will encourage you to download the app. It is to your advantage to do so, because through this platform, you are able to stay up to date on the logistics and agenda, as well as take advantage of the many other benefits it offers to virtual event attendees. You should download it on your phone and computer. Please make sure you do this well in advance of the event.
We welcome them! However, please ask him/her to register. Registration is open to everyone free of charge.
Although the event will be entirely online this year, we are making sure that it is highly interactive. In order to fully participate in the National Black Pre-Law Conference, you must download the event app on your phone and/or on your tablet or laptop. You will not be able to fully engage in the event and take advantage of the virtual networking features without utilizing the app. It will serve as our virtual hosting platform. As soon as you have downloaded it, go ahead and create your own personal profile. Share your interests in the bio so others can learn about you and find areas of connection. Once you have done this, you can begin virtual networking with fellow attendees right away! View the profiles of other attendees. See who you have something in common with and want to meet. Start exchanging electronic business cards. Message people virtually one-on-one who you are interested in meeting. Schedule one-on-one meetings. At the actual event, participate in the planned Virtual Networking/Coffee Breaks and Virtual Meet-Ups. You can even take the initiative and create your own Virtual Meet-Up based on a special interest or topic not covered where you want to connect with others with a similar interest.
The event founder will be hosting a webinar and providing a strategy booklet to provide you with tips on how to approach and get the most out of the event. There is also a section in the Community Board where you can Ask the Organizer Anything! Please utilize this feature of the app and ask all of your questions and she will be sure to answer them. In addition, on the evening before the start of the event, there will also be a virtual matchmaking event so that you can find a conference buddy and friend group to share the event experience with - if you so choose.
In addition to reviewing the agenda, you can stay connected by checking out the Community Board/Discussion Board often. We know that you have to navigate your life around the event during this pandemic and it may be hard to attend or remember everything planned, so we will be sending out e-mails and push notifications to your phone to remind you of upcoming sessions and opportunities as well.
We will have some online icebreakers so you can get to know other attendees. We will also have games such as the Passport Contest during the Virtual Law Fair so that those who visit the most virtual exhibit booths win prizes. We will have a Photo Contest where the photos with the most likes will win prizes. You will have to choose and upload photos in your phone. Furthermore, we will also have some surprises. We will even have bonus events you can take part in. :0)
Yes! You can share your National Black Pre-Law Conference Virtual Experience by tweeting directly from the app. You can do this even if you don’t have your own Twitter account!
You will have plenty of opportunities to ask your questions. Keep in mind that you are NOT just limited to the session times. You can ask questions ahead of time on the app. Simply post them on the Community Board. There will be opportunities for Q&A after most sessions. Speakers and presenters will try to make time for live Q&A and live chat. If time runs out or they are unable to take questions right after their presentations for any reason, please utilize the app to post your questions to ensure they are answered. If the questions are directed to a specific person or relevant to a particular session, please note this and we will try to get that speaker or presenter(s) to respond.
That is the “go-to” spot for announcements. You can ask the organizers anything. You can also start topics of discussion. Further, you can post articles that you think would be interesting or helpful to fellow attendees.
To take advantage of this, you must have downloaded the app. You will be provided with a three-hour block of time. All participating law schools will be listed and you click on their name to visit their virtual booth. During the designated expo time, we encourage you to visit the virtual exhibit booth for those law schools and organizations that you are most interested in first. Then, take the time to visit with as many other law schools and organizations as possible. Watch their videos. Ask questions. Grab any coupons for fee waivers. Sign-up for further correspondence. Most law schools and other exhibitors will have a live representative available to connect with you via live chat or even livestream video as well. It works just like a Zoom session! You can turn on your camera and/or audio and start interacting! Take advantage of this opportunity! They are attending because they want to connect with Black students!
Unfortunately, we are unable to promise making recordings available to you after the event. However, all passed sessions will remain on the event platform until Sunday, November 15th, 2020 at midnight. So, you will be able to go back and watch sessions that have already passed at another time if the set time on the schedule doesn't quite work for you. Therefore, you are encouraged to attend the actual event to maximize your networking opportunities and have the greatest chance to interact with our speakers and presenters. The beauty of our event is not just in watching the sessions but in the interactions with others. Remember that relationships are everything! Attend so you can connect with others who are also attending - albeit virtually.
Luckily, the mobile app will remain live and active for up to 6 months after the event, and the web desktop app will remain live for 3 months after the event. Once this time passes, you will no longer have access to the content, community boards, etc. However, any person you have personally messaged or interacted with will remain a contact in your list of contacts as long as you have the Whova app downloaded on your phone or desktop.
We are unable to guarantee that you will not be recorded or that your name will not show up for any activity online during the event. Your participation gives us consent to utilize your likeness, voice, etc. in any recordings, advertising, etc.
No. All attendees are expressly prohibited from recording any session without the express written consent from the National Black Pre-Law Conference. You do not have the right to record or share them with anyone. If you know others who can benefit, simply tell them about the event and ask them to register. Our goal is to help as many students as possible and registering allows us to be able to keep track of how many so we can quantify and record our impact.

***IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED HERE, E-MAIL US AT INFO@BLACKPRELAWCONFERENCE.ORG.

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