THURSDAY, JUNE 1
7:30 AM– 8:45 AM
Breakfast Buffet and Auxiliary Meetings
8:00 AM– 3:45 PM
9:00 AM– 10:30 AM
10:45 AM– NOON
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
An LSAT Initiative in Reading Comprehension
Reading comprehension is, and is likely to remain, a significant element in skills tests of reading and reasoning ability at all levels. Over the past few years, LSAC Test Development Group has pursued an initiative intended to refine the assessment of reading comprehension in the LSAT by more closely approximating reading in law school. This initiative, to be implemented soon, will evaluate the reader’s ability to recognize and apply relationships, statements, and concepts based on two relatively independent reading passages. Our goal in the session will be to fully explain this modification in reading comprehension for the LSAT, to discuss logical characteristics of the questions, and to explain procedures taken to ensure the continued fairness of the LSAT reading section.
Recruiting and Admitting Millennials
Sometimes referred to as the Net Generation (N-Gen) or as Generation Y, Millennials now compose much of our applicant pool and are different from previous generations in many important ways. Are admission professionals recruiting and programming admitted-applicant events in ways that appeal to Millennials? Exactly who are these prospective law students? What are their characteristics and expectations, and how are admission professionals best able to interact with them? Join this session for an interesting journey into the minds and interests of the Millennials, guided by an expert who has studied them thoroughly.
Understanding and Applying Enrollment-management Practices
The concept of enrollment management has evolved and matured on college and university campuses since the 1970s. However, only in recent years, as a result of the competition to attract, retain, and graduate qualified students, are models of enrollment management being adopted in law schools. What is enrollment management? How would enrollment-management processes be implemented in a law school setting, and how is enrollment management different from traditional admission models? What is the relationship between enrollment management and strategic planning? Please join three enrollment-management professionals to learn more about this increasingly important practice.
On the Fast Track—Law Degrees in Record TimeNOON – 1:00 PM
With changing ABA graduation and residency requirements, students now have options to get a JD degree in less than the traditional three years. Joint degrees and condensed programs are becoming more and more popular as prospective students look for alternative ways to earn their law degrees. Hear from those who have created various degree options such as BA/JD joint programs, three-year Master’s/JD programs, and shortened JD programs. Find out what the benefits and challenges are to mixing things up and getting out quick!
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
There is a perception that the number of first-year students transferring law schools is increasing dramatically. A boon to one school is a devastating loss to another as the most outstanding students in some law school classes depart in large numbers. What is driving this phenomenon? Is this generation of law students simply more comfortable with change than previous groups? Are they reflecting their continued reliance on rankings by making these changes? Perhaps this process is being driven by law schools. Are schools pursuing transfer students or are they simply responding to the demands of the marketplace? While we cannot resolve the speculation about student behavior, we will examine a variety of law school perspectives in this session: the perspective of a school that has lost significant numbers of students to transfer, the “free market” perspective, and perspectives in between.
Is Blogging for You?
Although the use of blogging as a recruiting tool has become the norm on undergraduate websites, it is an up-and-coming phenomenon for law schools. In the summer of 2005, Vermont Law School employed the services of a vendor to develop student and admission blogs for its website. The admission professional worked hand in hand with the vendor team to create blogs that met the specific needs of the school’s programs. Within a month, more than a thousand unique visitors had logged onto the blog site. Don’t miss this session if you want to know why an admission office should use blogs, other ways a school might use blogs, and discussion about the future of this technology. We will also talk about the intriguing question of what’s next after blogs.
Avoiding Applicant Misconduct by Encouraging Good Conduct
Unfortunately, applicant misconduct is something we all probably have to deal with at some point. That does not mean we have to passively accept it as a part of admission that is totally out of our control. Our panel will suggest ways each of us can encourage good professional behavior by our applicants, which may lessen the likelihood of applicants committing misconduct. Topics will include communicating with prelaw advisors to make sure they understand what is expected of applicants, drafting program materials and application questions so applicants can determine exactly what their ethical obligations are throughout the admission process, and setting up a system for answering applicant questions that reminds applicants of their duty to act professionally. To make sure that everyone, including new admission professionals, is on the same wavelength, we will begin the program with a brief overview of the basic role of the Misconduct Subcommittee.
Office Management: To Change or Not to Change, That Is the Question
The task of running a successful law school admission office is an art, not a science. Each day brings new and exciting opportunities for growth and development. An inevitable byproduct of growth is change. Invariably your office has faced or soon will face issues that range from changes in office personnel to the choice of integrating new technology. This panel will offer advice on how to successfully handle change while emphasizing how flexibility in technology, employee relations, and management styles is the best way to ensure a healthy transition.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
What’s Next in Cybercommunication with LSAC
Join us for an update on technology-based services provided by LSAC. Now that many schools are getting more than 80 percent of their applications from LSDAS electronic applications (e-apps), how can the process for creation of e-apps be improved? If you are tired of trying to figure out how to interpret foreign credentials for applicants to your JD programs, find out how LSAC is going to help. Come and learn what UPS and LSAC are doing for you in tracking the delivery of paper reports to your school. In 2006, ACES2 will begin year-long beta (early-adaptor) testing. What does that mean for your school? These are just a few of the important topics planned for this session. Don’t miss it!
Whatever Gave You That Idea? Understanding Personality Types
We have all had difficulty communicating with our students at one time or another. They seem to ignore our deadlines, they assume things that we never intended, and as a result, we end up feeling frustrated. Personality types affect not only how we interact with others, but how we learn and how satisfied we are in our school or work settings. This session will help us better understand the personality types of our students and of those drawn to the legal profession so that we can become more effective communicators and provide better counseling to those who are applying to law school. Be prepared to join in the interactive exercises created to help you learn more about personality types.
Collaborating to Expand Diversity
LSAC and the American Bar Association President’s Office of Diversity Initiatives sponsored a conference in November 2005 that focused on developing partnerships designed to increase the number of people from racial and ethnic groups in the legal profession. The final report from Embracing the Opportunities for Increasing Diversity into the Legal Profession: Collaborating to Expand the Pipeline is now available. Panelists, highlighting the role of admission professionals, will discuss the types of collaborations that have been developed to increase diversity in the profession.
Understanding Academic Support
Many undergraduate schools today offer an academic support option, and prospective students expect that similar programs will be available in law school. Academic support programs influence the ability to recruit and retain students, so it is essential for admission professionals to understand the range of programs available. This session will explore different types of the varied academic support programs in law schools and the latest developments in this ever-changing field. Join us to learn how you can best use your academic support program in the recruiting process.
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Please join your colleagues for the LSAC Town Meeting. This special occasion offers the opportunity to discuss what’s happening at LSAC—from new products and services to governance issues. The LSAC Chair and President, along with the chairs of the four standing committees, will report on activities of the past year, answer your questions, and discuss your ideas about our organization. If you are curious about how to get involved in the LSAC volunteer structure, if you want to preview the new directions the organization is taking in its services, or if you have any concerns, be sure to participate in this conversation. This is your opportunity to share your ideas, make suggestions, and express your opinions to the LSAC leadership.
Free Time/Dinner on Your Own
FRIDAY, JUNE 2
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Breakfast Buffet and Auxiliary Meetings
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
Budgetary Efficiency: How to Make a Dollar Out of
In a time of ever-shrinking academic budgets, many admission offices are faced with the challenge of doing more with fewer resources. While budgeting is necessary, it can be difficult to balance expenses with efficiency and quality. Join us to discover innovative ways to adhere to budgetary constraints while providing quality programming to meet the needs of applicants. Our panel will consider the question: “How do you foster a successful admission program while managing a decreasing budget?” A bonus of this session will be ideas about how to advocate for additional funds for your programs.
Strategic Planning—Law Schools’ Roadmaps to the Future
As law schools attempt to define their individual strengths and communicate them both internally and externally, many are embarking on formal strategic planning exercises to direct their course for future years. While the intended goal of such an exercise is to create a roadmap and a mission unique to the law school, the process itself has a significant effect on all constituencies of the law school. At this session, deans and admission professionals will discuss various processes of developing a strategic plan and a related mission statement, including the “best practices” that can be employed. The panel will also consider the challenges and triumphs of implementing strategic plans. Just as each law school is unique, so too will be its strategic plan ... and the process leading to its creation.
New Ways to Open the Pipeline to Law School
Members of minority groups continue to be underrepresented in the legal profession. Are we doing all we can to help college students think about a career in law and prepare to be successful law students? The panelists will discuss their work with colleges, prelaw advisors, law schools, bar associations, and other entities to get the word out to new groups of college students. Information about how LSAC can help your school with ideas and funding for diversity initiatives will also be featured.
The Challenges of Applicant Self-identity
As admission professionals work to identify, recruit, and admit diverse student bodies, they face challenges in determining which applicants contribute to that diversity. Young people today are increasingly resistant to efforts to get them to self-identify in traditional ways regarding sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and other factors. Many people are of such complex and varied backgrounds that traditional methods of categorization no longer suffice, and some applicants simply choose not to self-identify. The panel will address the challenges these recent trends present to admission professionals. Part of the discussion will focus on the responses to the GLBT Subcommittee-sponsored climate survey that illustrate how seemingly inconsistent responses may in fact not be inconsistent. This session is cosponsored by the Services and Programs and Minority Affairs Committees.
NOON – 1:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
Today’s Topic on The View — Ethical Issues in Admissions
Our work as admission professionals is not just about providing memorized information about our law schools to prospective law students ... or is it? All too often we are faced with ethical dilemmas related to applicants, staff, admission committees, and our schools. Is there a way to gracefully and ethically handle thorny situations? How far should we reasonably press the envelope in discussing some topics? Ever wonder how others respond in similar situations? Please join in this highly interactive forum. Don’t expect the stars of the hit television talk show, but do expect a stimulating discussion led by two experienced admission colleagues.
Can one palm-sized device really change how you do business? Many of our BlackBerry-wielding colleagues stridently proclaim, “Yes.” Join us for an entertaining and informal discussion about this remarkable “tech toy” and discover how it enables you to possess that oft-elusive “control” over your work flow. You CAN be more efficient. You CAN be more organized. You actually CAN have more time. And it’s more than just another way to do e-mail. But be forewarned, you’ll discover why these intriguing accessories are also ominously called “CrackBerries.” Everyone, the PDA-phobic and the PDA-devoted, is invited to participate and contribute.
Countering the Myths on Law School Discussion Boards
Have you lurked on a law school discussion board lately? Do you find yourself fired up about the bad advice being dispensed or the rumors being spread about your school? Whether you’re a first-time or daily visitor to the boards, you may be fascinated by what you read. The information posted on internet boards by nonexperts seems to carry a lot of weight, although much of it is just plain false. Can we counteract these “myths” about our schools and the admission process? Should we be concerned about what is being said? Are there positive aspects to the boards? This session will discuss these questions and attempt to put all the chatter into the proper perspective.
Law School Applicant Study: Take Two
Why do prospective law students apply to certain law schools and not others? What factors are most influential in the choice of where to enroll in law school? LSAC authorized a survey of 2005 applicants, and this session will reveal how the survey was conducted and the key criteria important to applicants in deciding where to apply and where to enroll in law school. The 2005 survey is a follow up to one conducted in 1998, and the session will discuss changes in student sentiment between then and now. Come learn what you can do to get the applicants and the students you want.
Lunch to Go—Free Time
Grab a box lunch and get started on your free time, leaving time in your schedule so that you can participate in the dinner reception at the Hockey Hall of Fame. You will choose your preferred time for dining at the Hall of Fame at the conference registration desk, but feel free to arrive any time. There is so much to do in Toronto that you should plan carefully to make the most of your free time before and after our off-site event.
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Off-site Dinner at Hockey Hall of Fame
Walking directions will be provided in the final program—the distance is only two blocks. There will be limited shuttle service between the Fairmont and the Hockey Hall of Fame, so please let us know as you register for the conference if you would like a ride.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Breakfast and LSAC Annual Business Meeting
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
From the ABA—Thinking Out of the Box
The ABA Out-of-the-Box Committee represents what is perhaps the legal academy’s most recent attempt at broad-ranging critical introspection. In this session, several committee members will provoke a dialogue and elicit perspectives from the law school admission community on the character of legal education in the 21st century. Panelists will spark discussion on such topics as law school stratification, the cost and financing of legal education, diversity and the pipeline, and the structure of legal education and the legal profession.
Does It Seem Like I’m Yelling at You?
Conflict Management II
As admission professionals, we often find ourselves in difficult conversations with applicants, their family members, students, alumni, faculty members, and, at times, other administrators. Many of these situations require the admission professional to be a skillful listener and creative problem solver, as well as an effective negotiator. Back by popular demand, this session is designed to pick up where last year’s session left off. Although this session will not make you an expert in the area of dispute resolution, it promises to provide some useful tips and practical tools that can help you diffuse those difficult conversations and facilitate a positive outcome the next time you are faced with conflict at work, at home, or out in the world.
What Admission Professionals Need to Know About Legal Career Options
Admission professionals are often the first contact with prospective students. While we know all about the admission process and our individual schools, are we as aware of the options available to our graduates after they have invested so much time, energy, and money in attaining a law degree? Sometimes we get so involved with admission issues that we do not offer applicants some of the information they are eagerly seeking. For those new to admissions or those who have not explored the various options available to our graduates, this session will offer information to excite potential students. Panelists include lawyers who have pursued a variety of career options and who have participated in law school admission and/or career services offices. Join us to arm yourself with the information about options after law school that candidates want to know.
Broadcast E-mail and Online Chat: Why (and How) to Bring Them to Your School
Law school admission offices are turning to broadcast e-mail and online chat to broaden outreach, increase applications and yield, and connect with students. Our basic training will teach you how these popular tools can be an effective—and stress-free—addition to your admission outreach. You’ll learn how to create professional looking e-mails, track the effectiveness of campaigns, and avoid spam filters. We’ll provide tips on promoting, scheduling, and staffing admission chats as well as neat chat ideas for law schools. Admission professionals will discuss how they’ve implemented these tools, so by the end of the session you will have a better understanding of how to march ahead.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
Hot Topics: A Roundtable Discussion for Admission Professionals with Less Than Six Years Experience
If you have been in admissions less than six years, join your colleagues for a roundtable conversation about topics of greatest interest to the group. You set the agenda, and the moderators will facilitate the discussion. Worried about managing a wait list, leveraging scholarship funds, meeting enrollment goals? These and other topics you want to discuss are on the table.
Hot Topics: A Roundtable Discussion for Seasoned Admission Professionals
This hour is reserved for seasoned admission professionals to focus on the issues of greatest interest. Create your own agenda with your colleagues—admission concerns, financial aid, professional development—everything is up for grabs. Two seasoned professionals will convene the session and moderate the discussion.
Two Years Tops
Are you a recent graduate recruiting for your law school? Have you had a taste of the admission profession and are trying to determine a future role in it? Are you wondering what other opportunities might be out there? Should you remain in legal education? Should you practice or return to practice? Join us for a conversation that might help you make these decisions. Discover the different options that legal education and law school administration may hold for you. Colleagues will discuss their experiences as recruiters and what led them to their current positions in law school administration. This will be a friendly and informal session, and those attending will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
We Love the Nightlife: Reception, Dinner, and Dancing
The Bee Gees. Duran Duran. Captain and Tennille. Tears for Fears. Fleetwood Mac. Men Without Hats—their names alone evoke the mood and attitude of the Boss 70s and Awesome 80s. Join your colleagues for a “Like, Omigosh!” evening of 70s and 80s music at our retro cocktail party with dinner and dancing. Dig up your legwarmers and headbands, platform shoes and bell-bottoms, or perhaps your parachute pants—anything to help you “get down.” It’s time to do the hustle, break-dance, and boogie the night away—so relax, just do it! There’s no stopping us now. For more information, sing 867-5309.