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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!

07-9 November 2019 with 30+ sessions Columbia Law School, New York City, New York

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.


  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast
  • Major Plenary and Keynote Sessions Featuring Prominent Keynote Speakers, Special Guest Speakers, and Student Organizational Leaders
  • Black Pre-Law Talks(TM) Featuring Black Law School Deans from Law Schools Across the Country
  • Featured Panel Discussion on Black Lawyers as Difference Makers
  • Workshop Sessions on Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach, Financing Legal Education and The Law School Personal Statement and Diversity Statement.
  • Mock Law School Class Conducted by an Actual Law Professor at Columbia Law School
  • Law School Recruitment Fair Featuring Over 100 Law Schools
  • One-on-One Consulting/Pre-Law Advisement and Practical Assistance Session
  • Attorney-Led Career Networking Small Group Discussions
  • 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
  • Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony
  • Free Conference Strategy Booklet and Sponsorship Guidance Booklet
  • Group Photos with Professional Attire AND with “I AM WHAT AN ASPIRING LAWYER LOOKS LIKE” T-Shirt
  • Free Digital Official Souvenir Program Guide (E-mailed prior to the event)
  • Tote Bag
  • Complimentary Resources and Giveaways
  • Complimentary Professional Headshots
  • Optional Bonus Day: Pre-Conference Tours of New York Area Law Schools

National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc. and the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair are not affiliated with Columbia University or Columbia Law School, nor is The National Black Pre-Law Conference a Columbia University or Columbia Law School program or activity.

Quick Facts

Between 2005 and 2018, The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair has:

Featured 65 keynote speakers, 131 special guest/guest speakers, and over 700 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.

Organizational Leaders and Guest Speakers

15th Anniversary Awards – Legal Education Access and Diversity Champion Honorees


The John Mercer Langston Legal Education Leadership Award Honorees

One-on-One Pre-Law Advisors

Black Law Student Experience/Black Law Student Leaders 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

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)


The Personal Statement and Diversity Statement

Financing Legal Education Presented by AccessLex Institute

Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach Presented by AccessLex Institute(R)

Law Fair

New York Law School

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Texas Tech University School of Law

University of Chicago School of Law

Event Schedule


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Hotel Beacon
2130 Broadway
New York, New York 10023
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Hotel Belleclaire
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New York, New York 10024
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Hotel Newton
2528 Broadway
New York, New York 10025
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The Lucerne Hotel
201 W. 79th Street
New York, New York 10024
Phone: 212-875-1000
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Conference Founder & Visionary

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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Pre-Law Student Volunteer Committee

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Columbia Law School

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