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The 16th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2020 Virtual

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Join us for the 16th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2020 Sponsored by the Law School Admission Council!

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The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is the nation's premier information-sharing and networking event for aspiring Black lawyers! Join us as we celebrate 16 consecutive years!

COVID-19 NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, and a deep concern for the health and safety of those we have created this event for, for this year only, we are planning a completely on-line virtual event. Although it will not be the same as seeing everyone in person, there will still be amazing benefits including registrants receiving EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to our speakers, panels, as well as drawings and free resources to be delivered via e-mail.

REGISTRATION IS COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE!

100+ Speakers | 15+ Workshops, Panels and Other Sessions | Virtual Meet-Ups

Information * Resources * Connections

EVENT FEATURES AND BENEFITS:

• Major Keynote Speakers and Special Guest Speakers

• Workshop Sessions

• Featured Panel Discussions

• Virtual Law School Recruitment Fair/Exhibit Hall

• Membership in the National Black Pre-Law Conference Virtual Community/Facebook Group/Basecamp Group/GroupMe

• Take the Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge

• Conference Strategy Booklet and Official Souvenir Program Guide

• Complimentary Resources and Giveaways . . . Including Conference Founder Evangeline M. Mitchell's Books.

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EVENT FEATURES

This Year's Virtual Event Will Feature the Following Benefits:

* Pre-Event Orientation on "How to Maximize the VIRTUAL National Black Pre-Law Conference"

* Pre-Event Strategy Booklet and Poems & Verses Booklet

* Virtual Meet-Ups to Connect with Fellow Attendees and Speakers

* Major Keynote Speakers Include:

- A. Scott Bolden, Esq., Partner, Reed Smith LLP (Washington, DC)

- Gregory Davis, J.D., Ph.D., Diversity Law Expert and Quantitative Researcher (Menlo Park, California)

- Lonita Baker, Esq., M.B.A., Co-Counsel for Breonna Taylor's Family, Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers (Louisville, Kentucky)

- Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Founder & Principal, The Taifa Group LLC (Washington, DC)

- The Honorable Leah Ward Sears, Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice, Partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (Atlanta, Georgia)

- The Honorable Willie J. Epps, United States Magistrate Judge, Western District of Missouri (Jefferson City, Missouri)

- Vincent Warren, Esq., Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights (New York, New York)

* Mock Law School Class

* Special Social Justice Master Class: Featuring Legendary Civil Rights Attorney Theodore M. Shaw, Esq. - Reflections on 40+ Years of Law Practice

* Workshops on:

- About the LSAT

- Financing Legal Education

- The Law School Personal Statement and Diversity Statement

* Panels Discussions on:

- Law School Admissions

- We Did It And So Can You!: How We Earned High Grades and LSAT Scores, and Distinguished Ourselves to Earn Admission into Top Law Schools

- The Non-Traditional Path to Law School

- The Great Value of Pipeline Programs for Admission and Law Student Success

- The Black Law Student Experience

- Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project

- You Don't Know What You Don't Know: Uncommon Knowledge That Helps Determine Success in the Professional World and in Life

- African Americans and the Bar Exam: Advice on Overcoming the Obstacles of the Final Rite of Passage to Becoming a Lawyer

- How to Start and Sustain Your Black-Owned Law Practice

- Black Lawyers for Black People

- African American Lawyers and 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 to Start and Sustain Your Black-Owned Law Practice

- Lessons from Successful Black Lawyers (Featuring Co-Authors of New Book)

* Virtual Law School Recruitment Fair (Featuring  130+Law Schools From Across the Country) with Live Q&A, and Chat Opportunities During Special Dedicated Time Block

* Virtual Closing Ceremony - Reading of the Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge

* Interactive Networking and Connection-Making Opportunities BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER the event

* 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. 

* Chances to Win Prizes!

- "I AM WHAT AN ASPIRING LAWYER LOOKS LIKE" t-shirts

- Amazon.com and Starbucks gift cards

***Regarding FREE Gifts and Games: To Receive FREE e-copies of all of these books ($120 Value), Simply "LIKE" or "Follow" the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM, and leave a review on Facebook of your conference experience. Send us an e-mail with screenshots of your having done this, and we will e-mail you the books.

Gamification prizes will be granted for those who are most active on the app, receive the most "likes" on their uploaded photos, and who visit and engage with the most exhibitor booths. (Must complete steps for each booth: 1. "Like" booth, 2. Click on "Offers and Deals" and leave contact information, and 3. Leave a comment or question in the chat at the booth.)

Please don't miss out on this amazing virtual opportunity to gain information, resources and connections - wherever you are!

http://www.blackprelawconference.org | #blackprelawconference

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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

*****FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS*****

QUESTION: After registering, is it necessary to download the Whova app?

ANSWER: Yes! This is the virtual platform that we chose to host the event. After you register, we will encourage you to download the app. It is to your advantage to do so, because through this platform, you are able to stay up to date on the logistics and agenda, as well as take advantage of the many other benefits it offers to virtual event attendees. You should download it on your phone and computer. Please make sure you do this well in advance of the event. The reason why we encourage downloading it on both is because there are added featured on the phone app, particularly when it comes to networking with other attendees.

QUESTION: How do I use the Whova app?

ANSWER: Here is a link to the tutorial: https://whova.com/resources/how-to-guide/user-tutorial/

Please note that you will need a special invitation code. You will receive it upon completing registration. If you do not see it, e-mail us at info@blackprelawconference.org.

QUESTION: Is it necessary to download Zoom and have a Zoom account?

ANSWER: Yes! We plan to use it for some of our virtual meetups. If possible, please download the app and sign up for a free account. You can sign up for a FREE Zoom account at https://zoom.us/.

QUESTION: What do I do if I have issues with the apps or if my WiFi/Internet connection isn’t working during the event? Can you provide technical support?

ANSWER: It is your responsibility to make sure that you have downloaded the Whova and Zoom apps and that they are in good working condition prior to the event. You must also make sure you have Internet access and everything necessary to fully participate in the virtual event. The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is not responsible for any audiovisual equipment, phones, computers, or Internet connections that will enable you to access this free online event. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any troubleshooting or technical support before, during, or after the event.

QUESTION: If I have a friend who wants to participate in the conference, what should he/she do? Can he/she just watch with me or do they have to register?

ANSWER: We welcome them! However, please ask him/her to register. Registration is open to everyone free of charge.

QUESTION: What networking opportunities will I have with other pre-law/aspiring lawyers? How are you all able to replicate the networking experience online?

ANSWER: Although the event will be entirely online this year, we are making sure that it is highly interactive. In order to fully participate in the National Black Pre-Law Conference, you must download the Whova event app on your phone and/or on your tablet or laptop. You will not be able to fully engage in the event and take advantage of the virtual networking features without utilizing the app. It will serve as our virtual hosting platform. As soon as you have downloaded it, go ahead and create your own personal profile. Share your interests in the bio so others can learn about you and find areas of connection. Once you have done this, you can begin virtual networking with fellow attendees right away! View the profiles of other attendees.

Through the mobile app, see who you have something in common with and want to meet through the matchmaking feature that "recommends" people with commonalities. Start exchanging electronic business cards. Message people virtually one-on-one who you are interested in meeting. Schedule one-on-one meetings.

At the actual event, participate in the planned Virtual Networking and Virtual Meet-Ups. You can even take the initiative and create your own Virtual Meet-Up based on a special interest or topic not covered where you want to connect with others with a similar interest.

QUESTION: How will I know how to maximize my experience at the National Black Pre-Law Conference?

ANSWER: The event founder will be hosting a special webinar and providing a strategy booklet to provide you with tips on how to approach and get the most out of the event.

QUESTION: How will I know what’s going on throughout the days of the event?

ANSWER: In addition to reviewing the agenda, you can stay connected by checking out the Community Board/Discussion Board often. We know that you have to navigate your life around the event during this pandemic and it may be hard to attend or remember everything planned, so we will be sending out e-mails and push notifications to your phone to remind you of upcoming sessions and opportunities as well. As the event gets close, you can go to the agenda and set up your own personalized agenda and reminders.

QUESTION: Will you all have anything fun?

ANSWER: We will have some online icebreakers so you can get to know other attendees. We will also have games such as the Passport Contest during the Virtual Law Fair so that those who visit the most virtual exhibit booths win prizes. We will have a Photo Contest where the photos with the most likes will win prizes. You will have to choose and upload photos in your phone. Furthermore, we will also have some surprises. :0)

QUESTION: Does the event app have any other cool features?

ANSWER: Yes! You can share your National Black Pre-Law Conference Virtual Experience by tweeting directly from the app. You can do this even if you don’t have your own Twitter account!

QUESTION: How will I be able to make sure all of my questions will get answered?

ANSWER: You will have plenty of opportunities to ask your questions. Keep in mind that you are NOT just limited to the session times. You can ask questions ahead of time on the app. Simply post them on the Community Board. There will be opportunities for Q&A after some sessions. Speakers and presenters will try to make time for live chat during their presentations, if pre-recorded. If time runs out or they are unable to take questions right after their presentations for any reason, please utilize the app to post your questions to ensure they are answered. If the questions are directed to a specific person or relevant to a particular session, please note this and we will try to get that speaker or presenter(s) to respond.

QUESTION: What kind of information do I look for on the Community Board?

ANSWER: That is the “go-to” spot for announcements. You can ask the organizers anything. You can also start topics of discussion. Further, you can post articles that you think would be interesting or helpful to fellow attendees.

QUESTION: How will the Virtual Law Fair work?

ANSWER: To take advantage of this, you must have downloaded the app. You will be provided with a three-hour block of time. All participating law schools will be listed and you click on their name to visit their virtual booth. During the designated law fair time, we encourage you to visit the virtual exhibit booth for those law schools and organizations that you are most interested in first. Then, take the time to visit with as many other law schools and organizations as possible. Watch their videos. Participate in their live sessions. Ask questions. Grab any coupons for fee waivers. Sign-up for further correspondence. Keep in mind that during the dedicated time block, most law schools and other exhibitors will have a live representative available to connect with you via live chat or even livestream video as well. Take advantage of this opportunity! They are attending because they want to connect with Black students!

QUESTION: What do I do if I can’t make the event but really want to attend? Can I just watch the recordings?

ANSWER: You are encouraged to attend the actual event to maximize your networking opportunities and have the greatest chance to interact with our speakers and presenters. The beauty of our event is not just in watching the sessions but in the interactions with others. Remember that relationships are everything! Attend so you can connect with others who are also attending - albeit virtually. You will be able to go back and watch anything you missed previously until midnight Sunday, November 15th, 2020.

QUESTION: What if I am too busy to really interact with fellow attendees during the event because of other responsibilities? Did I just miss out, or will I have the chance to connect with other attendees again?

ANSWER: Luckily, the event app will remain live and active for 3 to 6 months after the event. It's 3 months for the web app and 6 months for the mobile app. Therefore, the opportunity to connect with others does not completely end and remains for some time after the actual event ends. However, understand that most attendees will be most active and interested in making key connections during the days of the event because they will be focused on being engaged and making the most out of those summit days. If possible, set the dates aside to make the commitment to take advantage of the event to the fullest extent - but you still do have the chance to connect afterwards as well.

QUESTION: If I ask a question during one of the live Q&A sessions, can I make sure that I am not recorded or it is not attributed to me?

ANSWER: We are unable to guarantee that you will not be recorded or that your name will not show up for any activity online during the event. Your participation gives us consent to utilize your likeness, voice, etc. in any recordings, advertising, etc.

QUESTION: Can I record the sessions to watch later?

ANSWER: No. All attendees are expressly prohibited from recording any session without the express written consent from the National Black Pre-Law Conference. You do not have the right to record or share them with anyone. If you know others who can benefit, simply tell them about the event and ask them to register. Our goal is to help as many students as possible and registering allows us to be able to keep track of how many so we can quantify and record our impact.

***If you have any other questions not answered here, e-mail us at info@blackprelawconference.org.

***NO REFUNDS FOR LAW FAIR REGISTRANTS. Registration can be transferred to a future event.***

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