9:00 am – 10:30 am
David Pogue, New York Times Technology Columnist
10:45 am – noon
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
Future of Law School Rankings–What Do Applicants Know That We Don’t?
As consumers, prospective students want answers to questions about law school. Like it or not, an ever–growing number of applicants rely on rankings to answer those questions. This session will explore whether law school rankings in general remain relevant and the impact rankings have. How can admission professionals use substantive information gleaned from rankings to inform and recruit students, and what else can law school administrators do to improve the situation? Are candidates aware of the drawbacks and limitations of the U.S. News & World Report rankings? Are there other methodologies, resources, or ranking systems available that offer candidates better comparative data? A law professor and the author of a book comparing law schools will offer their thoughts on the future of rankings.
Ethics in the Internet Age
Applicants who Google us find not only our websites but message boards discussing our law schools. Often, the information on these pages is not only inaccurate, but fictitious. This session will consider whether admission officers have a role in correcting bad information on these sites. Applicants share their admission profiles, offers, and scholarship decisions online with other students, but may not think about the implications of having this information in the public domain. The applicants of this generation have their own webpages, blogs, and MySpace pages. Legal employers have begun Googling applicants for useful hiring information. Should we be doing the same? This panel will wrestle with the ethical questions of how we handle new Web information available to us in our everchanging Internet culture. Join us for a lively discussion, with lots of audience participation.
Michael Boylen, Hollis Kulwin, Michael J. States
Members of the GLBT subcommittee have met with LGBT students from several law schools to explore in greater depth the issues raised in the law school survey it conducted to gauge campus climate. Their conversation continues with this session that features LGBT law students talking about the law school search process, admission matters, campus life, and careers. Time will be set aside for the audience to join in the conversation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn directly from students how they chose a law school and what they have experienced as students.
Virginia Goggin, Kristian Maul, Ali Vassigh
New Issues in Financial Aid: Back to the Future
The future of how law students finance their legal education has changed—again. Legislation passed last year has resulted in dramatic federal loan program changes. While some of those changes took effect in July 2006, the last change takes effect in July 2007. This session is designed to inform admission professionals of the new federal financial aid loan programs and policies so that participants will have the information necessary to discuss financial aid with candidates knowledgeably. Topics to be covered include the Stafford Federal Student Loan Program, the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Program, federal loan consolidation, and differences between the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Program and private educational loans.
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
High School Pipeline Programs
For several years, LSAC has been focusing on programs that provide opportunities to minority students in middle school, high school, and college. Law schools are increasingly seeing these programs as a source of more potential law students. This session will explore three high school models—one led by a federal judge, one formed by a collaboration of law schools, and one that is a collaboration of a law school and school of education at a university. After presenters provide an overview of their programs, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about the design and results of each program.
La Shonda Hunt, Elizabeth Rindskoph Parker, Gary R. Williams
High School Pipeline Hunt (PPT)
Looking Ahead to Retirement
Are you spending so much time advising others on their life plans that you neglect your own plans? It is never too early or too late to begin your retirement planning. In this session, noted economist Larry Kotlikoff will suggest some strategies that you can implement now. Included will be reasons why conventional financial advice may not be the best advice.
Laurence J. Kotlikoff
Got Portal? Cyber–marketing the 21st Century Law School
Blog this! Flash that! Does thinking about eyeballs creep you out? The next generation of American lawyers is increasingly relying on the Web to decide where to attend law school. Can virtual tours replace walking a campus? Can online personal profiles be truly personal? Do online status–checkers increase or decrease telephone calls? How have law schools responded to the marketing and recruiting challenges and opportunities of the Internet? Panelists will survey the new and rapidly shifting landscape of law school admissions in the Information Age, cataloging and thinking about various approaches to marketing on the Web. Explore the ways that plotting bloggers, chatting mods, and unfettered trolls use the Web to connect with prospective students. Be there, or be pwn3d!
How do you stay fresh when you’ve just been asked the same question for the hundredth time (and it’s not even a good question)? How do you remain engaging and enthusiastic when the questioner is less charming than one might hope? Or when the tone of the question is grating? How do you communicate effectively with groups of different sizes, and then switch to effective one–on–one communication? Communications expert Tim Keogh will help us meet the challenges of staying positively engaged in interactions with a variety of audiences.
Eff Com Keogh (PPT)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
Reading Comprehension Variant for June 2007
This session will provide further and more detailed information about the new Reading Comprehension variant, Comparative Reading, which is the first substantial modification to the format of the LSAT since 1991. Topics covered in the session will include the research history for Comparative Reading (Skills Analysis Study, classroom observations, field tests), a discussion of the construct and face validity of the variant (including reading tasks in law school that require multiple texts), the statistical reasons for adding Comparative Reading to the LSAT (statistical characteristics such as difficulty, discrimination, and the results of factor analyses), and the expected benefits of adding this variant of Reading Comprehension to the LSAT. The session will conclude with a question–and–answer period.
James Lorie, Ken Olson, Gil Plumer
Admissions Administration 101
Law school admission offices are notoriously busy. With a variety of competing constituencies– including applicants, parents, donors, faculty, and law school administrators—managing an admission office requires a variety of special skills and talents. Both new and experienced law school admission professionals will discuss the challenges of recruiting diverse students, demanding travel, supervising personnel, and handling budgets–all while being responsive to the needs and interests of the various constituencies. Consisting of both “war stories” as well as human resource management principles, the discussion will present a variety of perspectives and styles, which will be of interest to existing as well as aspiring admission office administrators.
Noe Bernal, Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Traci Howard
Misconduct Issues and Admission Procedures for the Future
Applicant misconduct shows no signs of disappearing in the future. Accordingly, as our admission offices become even more technologically advanced, it is important that the procedures we set up to review admission applications also allow us to identify and handle misconduct issues as they arise. Our program will look at admission office procedures that each of us can establish so as to enhance the likelihood that misconduct issues are identified and handled satisfactorily. Specific topics covered will include training admission staff members to recognize misconduct issues, establishing guidelines for the internal handling of potential misconduct matters, educating faculty members on admission committees as to the importance of misconduct, and dealing with possible dean’s office reluctance to refer matters to the LSAC Misconduct Subcommittee. To make sure that everyone, including new admission professionals, has a basic understanding of the misconduct process, we will begin the program with a brief overview of the role of the LSAC Misconduct Subcommittee before focusing on establishing good admission office procedures for identifying and handling misconduct issues in the future.
Shannon Davis, Yvonne Tamayo, Vincent Thomas
Finding an Extra Hour Every Day
Do you ever feel like 24 hours in a day isn’t enough? Does a 40–hour work week seem like an impossibility? If so, join Randy Dean, the selfdescribed “Totally Obsessed Time Management Guy,” for a fun and practical session on time management that will leave you feeling as if you’ve found an extra hour every day. Randy’s goal is to help stressed-out performers learn several new and immediately useful strategies for finding a few minutes here and there, leading to at least an extra hour of productivity every day!