More than 300 pre-law advisors from campuses all over America spent the afternoon of June 14 at Catholic University’s law school attending professional seminars, mingling with colleagues, and enjoying a collegial dinner in the building’s atrium.
Their visit came near the end of the 2012 Prelaw Advisors National Conference (PLANC), held in Washington, D.C., from June 12 to 16. The quadrennial conference is the only one that brings the country’s six regional associations of pre-law advisors together for professional enrichment.
The group, whose ultimate mission is to assist interested undergraduates with choosing the right law school for them, managed to tour all of the D.C. law schools during their busy week. Most of their professional panels and discussions were held in hotels around the city.
On Thursday, the Columbus School of Law hosted a dozen sessions for the group, covering topics such as Hot Topics in Law School Admissions, Gaining Experience Before Attending Law School, and International Paths: Legal Education, Study Abroad and Career Options. The last session featured CUA law Professor Antonio Perez as a panelist.
A creatively-configured atrium managed to hold enough tables to accommodate all of the visitors for dinner. The group, among the largest the law school has hosted, was greeted by acting Dean George Garvey, who complimented their work and urged them to keep encouraging talented students to apply to law school.
After dinner, the group was bussed back downtown and treated to a show by a D.C. institution, the well-known political satirists The Capitol Steps.
The conference concluded on Friday, June 15 after final sessions.