NAPLA - The Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Call for Proposals

The NAPLA Conference Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal for presentations at this year’s conference. Please fill out the link to the Proposal Form below. All proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, January 2 at 5 pm ET. The committee will review the proposals received and plans to send notification of accepted and declined proposals by January 31, 2019.  If you have questions, please contact Conference Co-Chairs Nancy Gibson ( or Rita Ralston (


  • We are looking for proposals from pre-law advisors, admissions representatives, and organization professionals about the following topics: pre-law programming, legal careers (preparation and employment market information), teaching law to undergraduates, hot topics, and nuts & bolts of pre-law advising. These topics are explained fully at the end of this page.
  • Last year's conference attendees suggested these topics for this year's presentations:
    • How is the GRE being used in admissions? How do law schools assess scores? Which section is most important?
    • Advising students with lower GPAs and test scores, admissions practices at schools that would be a fit, and Bar passage rates
    • Experiential learning for undergrads - connecting students to valuable experiences that will help them in law school
    • Test prep options. How is the new LSAT tablet administration addressed in test prep?
    • Panels on personal statements, diversity statements, optional essays, and addenda
    • Advising undocumented and DACA students
    • Law school scholarship policies, LRAP programs, and merit money 
  • You do not need to specify a topic for your proposal on the submission form, but your proposal should clearly relate to at least one of them.    
  • The session you propose may be presented by an individual, or several speakers. Your proposal may be a work in progress, but should provide enough detail so that we can measure it against the following criteria: 

Strong relevance to the topic, shares legitimate, well-researched information; demonstrates a clear plan to address the particular topic

Well written; topic is thoroughly explored and detailed. Points follow a clearly logical flow with smooth transitions between ideas and supporting details

Presentation brings together advisors and law school or other legal partners, or demonstrates collaboration between multiple advisors or multiple law schools to address the topic at hand.

 Presentation is innovative in that it displays a novel solution or highlights a best practice in the field.

 Proposal clearly contains actionable information and key audience takeaways.

  • Presenting is a great way to become an active participant in the conference itself and to share your enthusiasm about various topics that are interesting and relevant to pre-law advisors.
  • While we appreciate as much detail as possible, this proposal can certainly be a work in progress and does not need to be completely finalized in order to be submitted.  

See below for topic descriptions:
  • Nuts and Bolts of Pre-Law Advising:  This category will include a variety of topics intended to assist those who are new to advising students interested in entering the legal profession, as well as provide valuable insights to veteran advisors on some of the more challenging aspects of working with pre-law students.  Some examples of sessions that might fall into this category include a mock admission panel, personal statements, advising students on test preparation, or meeting institutional reporting requirements.
  • Legal Careers: This topic includes sessions on aspects of the legal job market and career preparation such non-traditional legal careers, teaching professionalism to pre-law students, making sense of law school career data, or preparing for legal jobs in the tech industry.
  • Teaching Law to Undergraduates:  This topic will include sessions designed to share information about how undergraduates are taught law and legal writing.  Sessions will be  of greatest interest to those who hold undergraduate teaching positions, but will also provide valuable insights for those who counsel students about what classes to take in preparation for law school.  Some examples of sessions that address this topic might include methods used to teach legal subjects/legal writing, methods of assessment, or comparing undergraduate and law school teaching of the same topic.
  • Pre-Law Programming:  The programming that pre-law advisors run for their students varies greatly from institution to institution.  This topic provides a way to learn about some of the great, unique programming prelaw advisors are running at their institutions. These programs might include mentoring or moot court programs, various methods of delivering programming to pre-law students (such as the integration of webinars, social media, etc.), or successful ways of marketing programs to students to maximize student engagement.
  • Hot Topics:  The world of pre-law advising and law school admissions has been changing rapidly over the last decade.  This topic encompasses any issue of importance to those advising pre-law students, with preference given to those topics that are most timely in this ever-changing landscape of pre-law advising, legal education and practice.

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