Date

Nov 10, 2022 - Nov 12, 2022

Location

Cambridge and Boston, MA

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 2021, the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair has:

Featured 74 keynote speakers, 182 special guest/guest speakers, and over 902 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. 10,200 registrants nationwide.

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

Hosted 350+ 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 National Black Pre-Law Conference Experience”

Pre-Conference Strategy Booklet

Meet-Ups to Connect with Fellow Attendees

Featured Keynote Speakers Include:

– Sherri Ann Charleston, J.D., Ph.D., Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

– Lonita K. Baker, Esq., M.B.A., President, National Bar Association and Associate Corporate Counsel, Waystar (Louisville, Kentucky)

– George Clayton Fatheree III, Esq., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP (Los Angeles, California)

– Bruce Jackson, Esq., Associate General Counsel and Managing Director, Strategic Partnership, Microsoft (New York, New York)

– Bryan Fair, Esq., Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

– Wendy Greene, Esq., LL.M., Director, Center for Law, Policy and Social Action and Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

– T. Anansi Wilson, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Law and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Black Life and the Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

– Shayne O’Reilly, Esq., Director and Associate General Counsel and Head of Strategic Transactions, Licensing and Open Source, Meta (Atlanta, Georgia)

 

EXCLUSIVE!!! Screening of the “Becoming Black Lawyers” Documentary Short with Q&A Session with Cast of Featured Black Lawyers Including:  

– Veronica N. Dunlap, Esq., M.B.A., New York Program Director, ProBonoNet (New York, New York)

– Paula Edgar, Esq., CEO, PGE Consulting Group LLC (New York, New York)

– Marcus Sandifer, Esq., M.A., General Counsel and Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secretary, Celsius Inc. (Boca Raton, Florida)

– Alexi Thomas, Esq., M.B.A., Vice President, Legal and Compliance, Evercore (New York, New York)

 

Panel Discussions

– The Law School Admissions Process

– The Future of Affirmative Action and Race-Conscious College Admissions and the Impending U.S. Supreme Court Decisions in the Harvard and University of North Carolina Cases

– Succeeding in Law School – Q&A with Current Black Law Student Leaders

– Intersectionality and the Law School Experience: Being Black + LGBTQ, Black + Neurodiverse, and Black + Disabled

– African Americans and the Bar Exam

– How to Become a Judicial Clerk

– African American Lawyers and Large Law Firms (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 Black Lawyers Can Utilize Their Legal Training to Do Significant, Meaningful Work and Contribute to the Uplift of the Black Community

 

Mock Law School Class Conducted by Professor Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Jesse Climenko Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

 

Workshops on:

– About the LSAT Presented by The Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

– Paying for Law School Presented by AccessLex Institute

– The Law School Personal Statement and Diversity Statement

– How to Become a Judge

 

In-Person Law School Recruitment Fair (Featuring Law Schools From Across the Country)

Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony – Reading of the Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge and Pinning of Aspiring Lawyers by Current Lawyers

Certificate of Participation for Pre-Law Attendees

Interactive Networking and Connection-Making Opportunities

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.

. . . And More!

Chances to Win Prizes!

Schedule of Events / what's happening when

Boston Law School Tours

Boston Black Heritage Trail

Group Self-Guided Walking Tour – The Black Heritage Trail® Map Provided/Audio Available for Download  The Black Heritage Trail® explores the history of the 19th century African American community in Boston. LOCATION: The

OPENING KEYNOTE SESSION & WELCOME CEREMONY

Keynote Speaker Sherri Ann Charleston, J.D., Ph.D. Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts Keynote Speaker Lonita K. Baker, Esq., M.B.A. President, National Bar Association Louisville, Kentucky Keynote Speech and Q&A Session Featuring George Clayton Fatheree III,

Friday Evening Keynote Session

Keynote Speaker Bryan Fair, Esq. Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law University of Alabama School of Law Tuscaloosa, Alabama Keynote Speech and Q&A Session Featuring

Harvard Law School Tour

Student ambassadors provide a tour of Harvard Law School for conference attendees

Harvard Law School Tour

Student ambassadors provide a tour of Harvard Law School for conference attendees

FOCUS: THE CASE METHOD AND THE SOCRATIC METHOD

The Law School Classroom Experience - Mock Law School Class Taught By Harvard Law School Professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., Esq., Jesse Climenko Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Criminal Justice

Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Walking Tour

Group Self-Guided Walking Tour LOCATION: The Conference will provide a guide to lead this tour. Please download the app at: https://legacyofslavery.harvard.edu/walking-tour Meet in Radcliffe Yard Tour Stops Include: Radcliffe Yard; Christ Church; The Old

FOCUS: LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

PANEL DISCUSSION Are We Nearing the End of Affirmative Action?: What’s Next If The Current U.S. Supreme Court Decides Against Race-Conscious Admission Policies in the Harvard and University of North

FOCUS: THE BLACK LAW STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Screening of Multiple Award-Winning Documentary Short Becoming Black Lawyers Executive Produced and Directed by Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M. SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE! Question and Answer Session with the Filmmaker and Cast

Closing Plenary Session and Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony

Keynote Speaker Shayne O’Reilly, Esq. Director and Associate General Counsel, Head of Strategic Transactions, Licensing and Open Source Meta Atlanta, Georgia Recitation of Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge + Pinning of Eagle Pendants on Aspiring

LAW SCHOOL RECRUITMENT FAIR

Meet with recruiters from law schools across the country

Opening Keynote Power Session

Featuring Keynote Speaker D. Wendy Greene, J.D.., LL.M. Director, Center for Law, Policy and Social Action Professor of Law Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Keynote Speaker T. Anansi Wilson, J.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor

Event Speakers / listen to amazing law students and lawyers

Keynote Speakers

T. Anansi Wilson, J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Law

Founding Director, Center for the Study of Black Life and the Law Mitchell Hamline School of Law Saint Paul, Minnesota

Lonita K. Baker, Esq., M.B.A.

President, National Bar Association

Louisville, Kentucky

George Clayton Fatheree III, Esq.

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Los Angeles, California

Sherri Ann Charleston, J.D., Ph.D.

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bruce Jackson, Esq.

Associate General Counsel and Managing Director, Strategic Partnership

Microsoft New York, New York

Bryan Fair, Esq.

Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law

University of Alabama School of Law Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Wendy Greene, Esq., LL.M.

Director, Center for Law, Policy and Social Action

Professor of Law Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Shayne O’Reilly, Esq.

Director and Associate General Counsel, Head of Strategic Transactions, Licensing and Open Source

Meta Atlanta, Georgia

BECOMING BLACK LAWYERS Documentary Cast Members and Special Guests

Veronica N. Dunlap, Esq., M.B.A.

Deputy Executive Director,

ACLU of Maryland (Baltimore, Maryland)

Paula Edgar, Esq., CEO

PGE Consulting Group LLC

(New York, New York)

Marcus Sandifer, Esq., M.A.,

General Counsel

Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secretary, Celsius Inc. (Boca Raton, Florida)

Alexi Thomas, Esq., M.B.A.

Vice President

Legal and Compliance, Evercore (New York, New York)

Videos / highlights from past events

IN-PERSON LAW FAIR

COMING SOON

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
(High School)

Free

Sales end on Nov 5, 2022

Pre-Law Student (College Student)

Free

Sales end on Nov 5, 2022

Pre-Law Student (College Graduate)

Free

Sales end on Nov 5, 2022

Law Student

Free

Sales end on Nov 5, 2022

Law School Graduate/Lawyer

Free

Sales end on Nov 5, 2022

Parent, Mentor, or Supporter

Free

Sales end on Nov 5, 2022

Pre-Law Advisors @ Colleges and Universities ONLY

Free

Sales end on Nov 5, 2022

Law School Expo/Virtual Exhibit Hall

$399.00 +$25.92 Fee

Sales end on Oct 21, 2022

Event FAQS / find your answers

When and where is this year’s National Black Pre-Law Conference?

Thursday, November 10th, 2022, Friday, November 11th, 2022 and Saturday, November 12th, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Boston, Massachusetts. Sessions will be held at Boston University School of Law, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

When is the Law Fair?

The Law Fair takes place on Saturday, November 12th, 2022 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Harvard University Graduate School of Education in the Gutman Conference Center.

Do you have to be a student or a certain age to register?

No. This event is for anyone interested in pursuing law school. Ideally, it would be most helpful to students who are in high school and college as well as college graduates. However, it would also be extremely beneficial to young people (middle schoolers) interested in exploring career options and needing to see successful Black legal professionals. It would also be helpful to working professionals and those who are looking to change careers or revisit the path to a legal education when life has taken them in a different direction. There is something that can be gained from anyone in these groups. Everyone is welcome.

Is this year’s event in-person or virtual like it was the last two years?

This year’s event is fully in person. There will be limited sessions that will be offered virtually. However, there will not be any live streaming and those watching online sessions will not get the same experience as those who attend in person. Those who are able to attend in person will benefit from considerably more in terms of content and in-person networking opportunities. They will also be able to take advantage of recorded virtual sessions after the in-person event. However, we will still provide sessions of value, although more limited, to those who are completely unable to attend travel and attend in person.

Are you livestreaming the conference?

No. The conference will not be livestreamed.

How and when can I register for this year’s National Black Pre-Law Conference?

You can register online. Registration is now open via the website at www.blackprelawconference.org or via Eventbrite.

Who can participate in the Law Fair and how do I sign up to participate in the Law Fair?

The Law Fair is open to law schools, law-related non-profit organizations, and legal employers.

What is the conference’s Covid-19 policy to ensure the health and safety of all attendees?

We require all attendees to either be fully vaccinated and show a copy of their immunization card. For those unable to produce an immunization card or have other reasons for not being vaccinated, they must show a negative test result from a covid rapid test that was taken within 24 hours of the conference date. You can show a negative test result by bringing the result or picture of a negative result from a covid rapid test which can be purchased from CVS or Walgreens. CVS and Walgreens offer several at-home covid tests for as little as $9.99. Tests may be available for free if you have health insurance or meet other CDC guidelines.

What do I do if I can’t afford to attend?

We do our part to make the event affordable and accessible by making it completely free. However, we are unable to help you cover the cost of travel or hotels to get to the venues where the event is hosted. We do provide an attendee sponsorship booklet which provides suggestions on ways to raise money and get others to sponsor your trip 

Why is the event free? Does this mean that the event is not high quality?

Not at all. We could easily charge hundreds of dollars for what we provide. We are clear that other events that offer the type of programming we do charge attendees high fees to attendes. However, we intentionally choose not to because we want to make this event accessible and widely reach our target audience of Black people who aspire to become lawyers one day. We know and understand that many of the people we want to reach may not be able to afford traditional conference fees and by not charging fees hope to eliminate that barrier. 

However, please do not mistake our choice to make the event free for it being something of lesser value. All participants will take away priceless information, resources and connections that can shift their thinking and change their lives if acted upon. Please understand that although it costs participants nothing, it costs us. Consider that the planning and execution of this event takes hundreds of hours of time by a team of people and thousands and thousands of dollars. We help cover our costs through sponsors that help us cover those costs so that we will not have to charge our registrants to participate. 

We see this event as an investment in our community and want to sow into the lives of aspiring Black lawyers so we do this work as a service to those we reach out to, to the legal community, and to our society which needs greater representation of Black lawyers serving in various leadership roles.

Will food be provided?

We plan to provide snacks and bottled water whenever possible. However, we are unable to provide free meals to participants. There are several affordable fast food establishments near the venues where we are hosting the sessions. Plan to budget for meals if you can.

Are there preferred hotels with discounted rates?

Yes, we provided a list of recommended hotels in Cambridge and Boston. We have made agreements with some of the hotels to provide discounted rates to our conference attendees.

What should I bring to the conference?

Bring pens and paper to take notes, business cards if you are able to get some printed, and a positive mindset, willingness to learn, and openness to meeting new people.

Must I pre-register or can I register the same day?

We strongly suggest that you pre-register in order to ensure that we can properly prepare for you. However, we aim to not turn anyone away so if there is space, we will make room for those interested in attending.

How do I make the most of the conference experience?

We will provide a recording created by the conference founder on how to maximize your conference experience. We will also provide a conference strategy booklet which provides tips on things you should do to prepare for the conference experience so you can go in with a plan on how to get the most out of the opportunities that the conference provides.

Will I be able to get the complimentary headshots?

Yes, all participants will have the opportunity to take headshots if they would like them. If interested, please fill out this form. We will let you know the times and locations at the event. After you have had your headshot taken, we will provide you with a download link and passcode to download your individual headshots.

How do I sign up for the Boston Law School Tours on Thursday, November 10th, 2022?

Sign up by filling out this form. Make sure that you plan to wear comfortable walking shoes and that you have funds for public transportation. You can also choose to take an Uber/Lyft and meet the group at the meeting points at the designated times. Make sure to complete the form so that we are able to give the law schools a headcount so they know how many prospective law students to expect.

How do I sign up for the Boston Black Heritage Trail Walking Tour on Thursday, November 10th, 2022?

Sign up by filling out this form. We need for you to complete the form so that we can add your name to the list and we can look for you on the day of the tour. We also need to know how many people will be joining us just in case we need to split up the groups.

How do I sign up for the Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Walking Tour on Friday, November 11th, 2022?

Sign up by filling out this form. We need for you to complete the form so that we can add your name to the list and we can look for you on the day of the tour. We also need to know how many people will be joining us just in case we need to split up the groups.

Is there a cost associated with taking part in the Boston Law School Tours, the Boston Black Hertage Trail Walking Tour, or the Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Walking Tour?

No. All tours are free of cost. However, you will be responsible for the cost of your own transportation to get there and must meet the group at the designated meeting point. Note that these are walking tours and not bus tours. You must bring your walking shoes, a bottle of water and a snack to keep you going.

How do I sign up for the pre-law advisement or practical assistance sessions?

Sign up by filling out this form.

If I am unable to attend in person, can I still take advantage of pre-law advisement or practical assistance opportunities?

Yes. We will do our best to provide either one-on-one or small group (no more than 4-5 people) opportunities via phone call or virtually via Zoom with current law students, lawyers, or volunteer law school administrators for those unable to attend in person.

Will I be able to get a Certificate of Participation for attending?

Yes. We will provide Certificates of Participation for those who attend in person. You must request the certificate by filling out the required form and you will be able to download it from a link provided.

How do I indicate my interest in attending the Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony and receiving a copy of the Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge and eagle pin?

Sign up by filling out this form.

If I am unable to stay for the pinning ceremony, can I still get my pin?

No. You must attend in person and recite the Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge and be pinned by a current lawyer. We are unable to mail out pins. However, we can send you a copy of the pledge to download and read.

What is the dress code?

If possible, please dress professionally – in business professional or business casual wear which would include a black, navy or grey pants suit, dress suit or skirt suit, and a dress shirt, polo shirt, or blouse. Wear comfortable shoes. Note that we will never turn anyone away based on how they are dressed so do your best and come. Don’t let what you do or do not have in your wardrobe stop you from participating in this event.

Will it be cold in Cambridge and Boston in November?

Yes. It will likely be cold. The temperature ranges from a low of 38 to a high of 52 during the month of November. Plan to bring a sweater or coat.

Am I required to sign or electronically submit the Covid-19 policy waiver and release form and terms and conditions to attend the event?

Yes, you must sign the Covid-19 policy waiver and release form and the terms and conditions prior to entering the event.

If interested in sponsorship, what should I do?

Please send an email to sponsorship@blackprelawconference.org.

Do you provide accommodations for those with disabilities?

Please contact us no later than two weeks before the conference and let us know about any disabilities you might have. We will try our very best to work out a plan to accommodate you at the venues where the event will be hosted on the days you will be in attendance. Send an email to info@blackprelawconference.org with “Accommodations for Disabilities” in the subject line.

Can I bring my child, parent, spouse, or family member to support me at the conference?

Yes. We welcome family members, mentors, and friends to attend to support someone in their life serious about exploring whether law school is for them.

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

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Partners / across the nation

Hotels / Recommended

Freepoint Hotel Cambridge

(Close to Alewife T Station – 3 Stops Away from Harvard Square T Station)

Harvard Square Hotel

(Harvard Square)

AC Hotel by Marriott Cambridge

(Close to Alewife T Station – 3 Stops Away from Harvard Square T Station)

Porter Square Hotel

(Close to Porter Square T Station, 1 Stop Away from Harvard Square T Station)

Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston – Cambridge

Studio Allston Hotel – Boston

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston/Cambridge – Arlington

Contact Us / for more information