7:30 am–8:45 am
8:00 am–3:45 pm
8:30 am–4:30 pm
LSAC Resource Room
9:00 am–10:30 am
Author Steven Berlin Johnson
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
Have you ever wondered why using the LSAT is appropriate for law school admission purposes, or why using the LSAT is more appropriate than using the GRE or GMAT? LSAC’s most experienced test developers will lead a discussion of these questions. Their discussion will focus on the characteristic contents of these tests and the associated skills they are designed to assess. They will begin by reviewing LSAC research results that identify skills critical to success in law school. Corroborating results from a new study sponsored by the US Department of Labor will be presented. Then the types of questions that appear on the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT will be considered in some detail so that they may be assessed in relation to the skills identified as most important for law school. Recent modifications to the LSAT and how these modifications relate to the law school curriculum will also be discussed. The last part of the session will be reserved for your questions and comments.
The ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is the federally authorized accrediting agency for law schools. The Council, with the assistance of the Standards Review Committee, regularly reviews and revises the Standards and Interpretations that are meant to ensure the provision of high quality legal education. The Standards Review Committee is currently undertaking a holistic review of the Standards and will consider topics such as the requirement that all applicants take a standardized test, the need to assess educational outcomes, and other issues of great importance to all of us. In this session, the Vice-Chair of the Standards Review Committee and the Assistant Consultant to the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will discuss how the Section functions in relationship to ABA-approved schools. They will also give an update on the Standards Review Committee process, highlighting the significance of contemplated changes.
Are you thinking about adding an online presence for your office or contemplating ways to reach a larger audience? Maybe you are preparing to ask faculty members to put on their traveling shoes. Admission professionals from three differently structured offices will discuss the keys they have found for success at maximizing their recruitment effort. Utilizing tools such as Facebook, “elbow grease,” alumni associations, students, and seasonal recruiters, these experienced professionals have tried it all.
Applicants often share their admission process experiences online with their peers. If you want to know what applicants are thinking, log on to one of the many online discussion boards. You will find candor, questionable claims, joy, frustration, and criticism of the admission process. How do applicants respond to the pressures of yield activities? Some like to be courted. Others feel coerced. Once they choose a law school, do they view further contacts by other schools as flattering or off-putting? What about a school that wants a commitment before April 1? Three first-year law students will share their thoughts on these and other issues. If you struggle with how your school’s process is viewed by admitted students, join their conversation.
noon – 1:00 pm
1:15 pm–2:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—Select One
Assembling your desired class is no longer solely the responsibility of the admission office—it now requires the collaboration of various departments in your law school. Are you working in concert with other departments, students, alumni, and faculty to meet your goals? Are you maximizing the use of your internal and external resources to aid in the courting of admitted students? During this session, admission professionals will discuss how using an interdepartmental approach has led to greater success in enrolling an incoming class.
As law schools continue to look for ways to increase the numbers of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds in their applicant pools, each year there are numerous applicants from these groups who apply to law school and who are unsuccessful in the admission process. LSAC institutional researcher Phil Handwerk has conducted a study on African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino applicants who were unsuccessful in the application process but later reapplied or decided not to reapply to law school. After a presentation of the initial findings, there will be an opportunity to discuss the findings and to suggest future research on applicants from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
The transition from secondary to postsecondary education is wrought with challenges for students and their families: the increasing cost of and myriad options available to finance a college degree, disciplinary issues affecting admission, standardized testing, rankings versus fit, parenting styles, and more. These issues are more important than ever as the population of students applying to college increases and diversifies. In this session, representatives from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will discuss the current and future trends occurring in undergraduate admission, how those trends affect students and their families, and the changes being implemented by undergraduate admission offices as they respond to this new norm. As college graduates move on to law school, their expectations about recruitment, admission, and financial aid come with them. This preview should help us prepare for the next generation of students.
Prospective students who are looking for the right law school are likely to value those schools that provide the best opportunity for academic and professional success. Academic support programs play an integral role in students’ development, including helping them transition from undergraduate study to law school, teaching and reinforcing academic skills for students who struggle throughout law school, and even assisting graduating students as they prepare to take a bar examination. As prospective students begin to appreciate the full range of academic support offerings at a particular law school, they may feel more comfortable about electing to attend that law school. The panelists for this session will discuss what academic support programs offer generally and how admission professionals can use academic support program information as an element of overall admission marketing strategy.
2:30 pm–3:30 pm
Please join your colleagues for the LSAC Town Meeting. We will be using an audience response system to survey the membership on a variety of topics. Don’t miss this chance to express your opinion and share information with your colleagues. The LSAC Chair and President, along with the chairs of the four standing committees, will be on hand to answer your questions about LSAC activities and services. This is your opportunity to share your ideas, make suggestions, and express your opinions to the LSAC leadership.
6:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fort Lauderdale is called the Venice of America because of its 300 miles of waterways and harbors, so we will leave the beach behind to go on a dinner cruise on Thursday evening. We will depart from the Bahia Mar marina for a three-hour cruise, complete with reception and dinner. The beautiful homes and yachts lining the waterway will be the backdrop for the relaxing journey. Bring sunglasses, dress casually, and prepare to visit with friends and unwind as the yachts, the Grand Floridian and the Biscayne Lady, cruise along.