Pre-Law Conference

National APA Pre-Law Conference hosted by NAPABA

The Pre-Law Conference will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2012 during the 24th Annual NAPABA Convention.

The Pre-Law Conference offers prospective applicants the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the legal profession and the law school admissions process. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with attorneys in different practice areas, current law students and admissions professionals.

Conference Objectives

  • To educate prospective Asian Pacific American law students about preparing for the Law School Admissions Test, applying to different law schools, financing their legal education, succeeding in law school, and passing the bar examination through public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures, workshops, and otherwise;
  • To educate the community about important issues related to the legal profession;
  • To raise awareness of minority and diversity issues related to Asian Pacific Americans in and out of law school and the legal community;
  • To connect prospective Asian Pacific American law students with other prospective and current law students, attorneys, educators, and judges to foster professional mentorship and networking opportunities.


Click here to register as an attendee.


Travel Stipend
Pre-Law Conference attendees from outside the Washington, D.C. area may apply for limited stipends for travel. Stipends will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need and interest in attending the convention. The deadline to apply for a stipend has passed. Applicants will be notified shortly.


Schedule for Saturday, November 17, 2012

Garden Terrace at the JW Marriott

Registration and Breakfast Networking (7:30 am-9:00 am)

After checking in and receiving conference materials, conference participants will have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with current law students, attorneys, and admissions professionals who are attending the NAPABA Convention.

Welcome (9:15am-9:30 am)

Garden Terrace

NAPABA will welcome attendees to the Conference. Co-chairs, Mathiew Le and Cristina Gapasin, will then provide attendees with a road map of the schedule and conference materials.

Student Panel (9:30 am-10:45 am)

Garden Terrace

“If I knew then what I know now, I would . . .” Learn from a panel of current law students what they would do differently if they were transported back in your shoes as applicants. They will also discuss what it takes to be a successful law student. Q&A to follow.

Break (10:45 am- 11:00 am)

Financing Your Legal Education (11:00 am-12:15 pm)

Garden Terrace

What does law school really cost these days? What can applicants do NOW to prepare for this three year financial endeavor? What role should scholarships play in the decision making process? What can a law student do to get the best return on their investment? Two financial aid experts walk conference participants through the ins and outs of financing their legal education.

Lunch and Plenary Session w/ NAPABA Convention Attendees (12:15 pm-1:45 pm)

Grand Ballroom

Pre-law conference participants will join NAPABA Convention attendees for a delicious lunch and hear from speakers who are experts in their field.

In the October term, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas. The question presented before the Supreme Court is “Whether this Court’s decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), permit the University of Texas at Austin’s use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions.”

What significance will the Court’s decision have on race-conscious affirmative action policies, and how will it affect the Asian Pacific American community? This case has already stirred a debate within the Asian Pacific American community about the impact of affirmative action policies and has cast a spotlight on the stereotype of Asian Pacific Americans as the model minority. This program promises to be a lively discussion that should not be missed.

James C. Ho
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP;
Formerly Solicitor General of Texas

Lee Cheng
Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Head of the Office of the Chairman, and Corporate Secretary,, Inc.; Co-founder and Board Member, Asian American Legal Foundation

Neal K. Katyal
Partner, Hogan Lovells;
Formerly Acting U.S. Solicitor General

Karen K. Narasaki
Immediate Past President and Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center

Alan Tse
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Churchill Downs Inc.;
Co-founder and Board Member, Asian American Legal Foundation

Applying to Law School (1:45 pm-3:00 pm)

Garden Terrace

With thousands of applications being submitted to their schools every year, how do schools pick the best applicants for their schools? Seasoned law school administrators will discuss what they are looking for when reviewing application files and share tips on how applicants can maximize every aspect of their application. Q&A to follow.

Click here to register as an attendee.

Law School Resource Room

Conference Attendees

Throughout the fair, conference attendees can browse through and pick up current application material (view books, curriculum notes, entering class profiles, etc.) from law schools all around the country.

Participating Law Schools

Charlotte School of Law

Drake Law School

Duquesne University School of Law

Duke University School of Law

Florida Coastal School of Law

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

The John Marshall Law School

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Marquette University Law School

Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law

Seattle University School of Law

Stetson University College of Law

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Tulane University Law School

UCLA School of Law

University of Florida Levin College of Law

University of Massachusetts School of Law-Dartmouth

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

University of Michigan Law School

University of San Francisco School of Law

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

Washington and Lee University School of Law

Wayne State University Law School

Willamette University College of Law

Law School Resource Registration Instruction

NAPABA invites law schools to send materials for our law school resource room, so we can make those materials available to attendees throughout the conference. But before law schools can send in materials, they must first register by clicking here and completing the form. Once the form is completed, law schools must then pay a $75 registration fee by check. The check should be made payable to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and mailed to:

Melanie Robinson
1612 K St. NW
Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006.

If you have any questions, please email Melanie Robinson.

(Please note that law school representatives may only attend if they are part of a panel).

Click here to register to send materials.

Sponsors of the Pre-Law Conference

American International Group

AT&T Services, Inc.

Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

top sponsors