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.

Register Watch video
Alt

Alt image

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

Event Speakers / listen to amazing law students and lawyers

Keynote Speakers

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

Assistant 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

Videos / highlights from past events

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

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

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

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

Sponsors / support our mission

ACTIVIST SPONSOR

BENEFACTOR SPONSORS

SUPPORTER SPONSOR

FRIEND SPONSOR

CONTRIBUTOR SPONSORS

Partners / across the nation

Contact Us / for more information