FEATURED PANEL DISCUSSIONS
FOCUS: RACE AND THE LAW SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
What It Takes to Be a Successful Black Law Student: Strategies for Preparing for and Excelling in Law School and Making Positive Contributions to the Law School Community
Description: This session discusses the importance of diversity in law schools, and the challenges that this diversity can bring. Panelists address the harsh realities of prejudice and bias in a diverse law school environment, particularly issues that African American and Black law students must face, inside and outside of the classroom. The discussion will provide helpful suggestions to assist future law students in understanding that they can use such instances as opportunities for “teachable moments” and to demonstrate leadership in the law school community precisely due to their unique experiences and perspectives. There will also be discussion about intelligently and thoughtfully navigating racial issues in seeking legal jobs, during the interview process and in legal work settings while still a law student that can help them to be successful during internships and externships, clinical experiences, summer jobs, and beyond. Time will also be spent sharing the importance of participating in affinity groups, getting law student and lawyer mentors early, and having a very solid support system with family and friends both inside and outside law school prior to and throughout the entire law school experience. Panelists will also talk about the important and positive impact of Black students’ leadership in various extracurricular and co-curricular activities throughout the community, and the importance of their making positive contributions while there to make the law school better and not just be focused solely on their degrees.
FOCUS: LEGAL CAREERS AND RACIAL REALITIES
African American Lawyers: What We Do, How We Got to Where We Are and Wisdom for the Challenges Ahead
Description: Panelists will briefly discuss their educational and career backgrounds, as well as their current positions and the work they do with legal training. This panel is designed to expose aspiring African American lawyers to the various possibilities available to those possessing a professional legal education. Additionally, tips will be given as to how to gain entry into these various jobs and what it really takes to perform them. Panelists also address the additional challenges that African American lawyers face and advice on how to overcome them and to succeed and advance in the years ahead.
FOCUS: LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST (LSAT)
Success Strategies for Scoring High on the Law School Admission Test
DESCRIPTION: This panel discussion will provide insight into what the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is, what it tests and how to most effectively prepare for it. LSAT experts and high-scoring law students will provide advice and success strategies as to how to best prepare for this very important, high-stakes entrance exam which helps determine whether an applicant gets in or is shut out of a professional legal education. They will also discuss the psychological and other barriers and myths surrounding standardized tests that hinder Black students from adequately preparing for and scoring at the highest possible level on this exam.