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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 Graduate School of Education.

Join us for the nation’s premier information-sharing and networking empowerment event for aspiring Black lawyers!

08-11 November 2018 with 30+ sessions Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

About Us

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.

Quick Facts

Between 2005 and 2017, The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair has:

Featured 56 keynote speakers, 108 special guest speakers, and 600+ community leaders, law students, lawyers, law school administrators, and judges who have served as featured panelists, moderators, workshop presenters, and advisors/mentors

Benefits

YOUR FREE REGISTRATION INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS:
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast
  • Major Plenary and Keynote Sessions Featuring Prominent National Keynote and Special Guest Speakers
  • Panel Discussions on Law School Admissions, African American Law Students and African American Lawyers
  • Workshop Sessions on Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach, Financing Legal Education, The Law School Personal Statement and Diversity Statement, and African Americans and the LSAT and the GRE
  • Mock Law School Class Conducted by an Actual Law Professor at Harvard Law School
  • Special Question & Answer Session with Harvard Black Law Students Association (HBLSA) Members
  • One-on-One Consulting/Advisement
  • Small Groups/Teams and Accountability Partnership Pairing Opportunities
  • Informal and Structured Networking Opportunities/Making Connections Social Receptions
  • Membership in the National Black Pre-Law Conference Virtual
  • Community/Facebook Group/Basecamp Group/GroupMe
  • Question and Answer (Q&A) Session with Harvard Black Law Students Association (HBLSA) Members
  • Attorney-Led Career Networking Round Tables/Small Group Discussions
  • The Pursuit of Justice Awards & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony
  • FREE Conference Strategy Booklet and Sponsorship Guidance Booklet
  • Group Photos – To be provided FREE online to all registrants
  • FREE Digital Official Souvenir Program Guide
  • Special Branded Tote Bag or Sports Bag
  • FREE Resources and Giveaways (Including LSAT Books, and Evangeline M. Mitchell’s Pre-Law, Law School and Bar Exam Books)
  • FREE Professional Headshots

Keynote Speakers

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Student Organizational Leaders and Guest Speakers

PANELISTS

LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS PANEL

Panel Discussions

The Black Law Students Survival Guide: Tips on How to Navigate the Additional Challenges of Prejudice and Bias in the Law School Environment – and Not Only Survive, But Thrive

What “Competitive” Looks Like: Law School Admissions Professionals Share What They Look For in Selecting Competitive Admissions Candidates at Top Law Schools

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Those Critical Things They Don’t Teach You But You Need to Know to Succeed in the Professional World and in Life Both Before and After Law School

Inside the Careers of Black Lawyers: What We Do, How We Got to Where We Are and Wisdom for the Challenges Ahead (Government – Military – Big Law Firm – Solo Practitioner – Corporation – Public Interest – Politics – Judicial – Business)

Workshops

The Personal Statement and Diversity Statement

Financing Legal Education Presented by AccessLex Institute

Law Fair

Event Schedule

Testimonials

Facebook Reviews


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Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M.

Conference Host
Founder, National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair (Established 2005)

Evangeline M. Mitchell has utilized her experiences as a first-generation college and law school graduate and her legal training to become a passionate social entrepreneur with a heart for empowering aspiring lawyers and increasing diversity in law schools and in the legal profession. She is the founder and executive director of National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc., a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and charitable organization (www.nationalprelawdiversity.org). Their mission is to connect diverse aspiring lawyers to game-changing information, resources and networking opportunities to help them become more excellent, competitive and strategic law school applicants, law students and lawyers – as well as conscientious leaders and community servants.

Every year, her organization hosts the following information-sharing and networking empowerment events: the National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair (www.diversityprelawconference.org), the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit and Law Expo (www.hbcuprelawsummit.org), the National Black Pre-Law Conference (www.blackprelawconference.org), the National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference (www.hispanicprelawconference.org) and the Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair (www.blackandhispanicprelawconference.org) in cities around the country, which will this year include Washington, DC, Atlanta, Georgia and Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts. Evangeline has been organizing conferences since 2005 and has impacted the lives of thousands of future law students.

Evangeline is also the founder of Hope’s Promise Publishing (http://www.hopespromisepublishing.org) and has also authored, edited and published books geared to helping African American and minority students in getting into law school, succeeding in law school and passing the bar exam, which she makes available free of charge. In addition, she has recently founded a media production company, Relentless Visionary Films LLC (http://www.relentlessvisionaryfilms.com), as another outlet to share the stories and wisdom of minority law students and lawyers on the path to lawyerhood. She is now in the pre-production stages of her first two major projects including Becoming Black Lawyers: African Americans and the Law School Experience and The Black Lawyers Legacy Project.

Evangeline has been recognized for her efforts by receiving the National Bar Association and IMPACT’s 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award, the National Black MBA Association Leadership Empowerment in Law Award, the National Black Law Students Association Sadie T.M. Alexander Award, the National Black Law Students Association Legacy of NBLSA Award, the Houston Lawyers Association Roberson L. King Excellence in Education Award, Who’s Who in Black Houston, the Top 50 Black Lawyers of Houston Trailblazer Award, the Ms. JD Road Less Traveled Award, and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity CLEO EDGE Award for Education. She is also a two-time recipient of the Houston Bar Association Equal Access Champion Award due to her commitment to pro bono legal service.

Evangeline earned degrees from Prairie View A&M University, the University of Iowa College of Law and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow. She earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and is currently working on her Distance Certificate in Documentary Studies from Duke University. A native Houstonian, she currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with her husband Michael and two children, Nyla and Michael II.

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