2009 Nacada Conference Prelaw Presentation (Concurrent 101)

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Prelaw Team: Purpose, Players, and a Playbook
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2009-10-01
2:00:00 PM - 3:00:00 PM
Grand Hyatt- Lone Star Ballroom D

Is your program a playground or a professional sporting arena? Imagine: employing a team of students volunteers to leading their peers. Consider: aggressively communicating the program's learning objectives so these high-achieving students are more inclined to take ownership, develop valuable professional skills, and become ambassadors to involve more of their own peers? Contemplate: leveraging others university professionals who may be unaware that your success encourages their success? This exciting approach has integrated students, external stakeholders, and our existing professional advising staff into one coherent team with a unified vision and plan of action. Topics: roles and responsibilities, assessable learning objectives, the plan of implementation we used to arrive at this point, and discussion of your own successes and ideas for a winning program.

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2009 Nacada Conference Prelaw Presentation (Concurrent 101)

  1. 1. TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITYPrelaw Program<br />Prelaw Team: Purpose, Players, & a Playbook<br />Concurrent 101<br />Joshua BarronTexas Tech University<br />for 2009 NACADA Annual Conference<br />on Thursday, October 1, 2009 – 2:00- 3:00pm<br />In the Grand Hyatt – Level 2, Lone Star Ballroom D<br />
  2. 2. Why is there a Prelaw Advising Program @ TTU?<br />MISSION<br />The TTU Prelaw Program exists to engage, equip, empower and encourage students to explore and excel in the pursuit of a legal education.<br />Student Learning Outcomes: Equip, Empower, Explore, and Excel<br />Program Outcomes: Engage and Encourage<br />
  3. 3. What does that mean, really?<br />The TTU Prelaw Program is a structured four-year program that prepares undergraduate students to be exceptional applicants to a school of law.  Students who choose to participate in the TTU Prelaw Program will focus on the three essential areas identified by law school professionals nationwide:<br />Writing and speaking with comprehension and clarity<br />Understanding social institutions and human nature<br />Thinking creatively and analytically<br />
  4. 4. What is Prelaw Advising, exactly?<br />Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses<br />Considering and Planning for the Future<br />Providing Resources & Learning Experiences<br />
  5. 5. What is Prelaw Advising, exactly?<br />Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses<br />Prelaw advisors meet with Prelaw students individually from the beginning semester and throughout their academic careers. Together they form a long-range plan that takes into account the unique strengths and interests of each student. Students work closely with Prelaw advisors and the advisor in their major to make sure that the classes the student selects will develop the competencies necessary for law study.<br />Considering and Planning for the Future<br />Providing Resources & Learning Experiences<br />
  6. 6. What is Prelaw Advising, exactly?<br />Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses<br />Considering and Planning for the Future<br />Prelaw advisors work individually with students to help them select law schools or identify related careers and alternatives to a law career. Meeting in groups, they plan application strategies, prepare for the Law School Admissions Test, work on drafting personal statements, and formulate goals for law school scholarships and financial aid.<br />Providing Resources & Learning Experiences<br />
  7. 7. What is Prelaw Advising, exactly?<br />Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses<br />Considering and Planning for the Future<br />Providing Resources & Learning Experiences<br />The Prelaw office is a resource center providing information about every accredited law program in the country. The office provides a calendar for group meetings that give supplemental information about preparing for a law career. Each semester, sessions are offered to help students prepare for the Law School Admissions Test. Through Prelaw events and meetings, students have an opportunity to talk with visiting representatives of law schools.<br />
  8. 8. What does the TTU Prelaw Program offer?<br />Access to Prelaw Advisors…<br />who will connect students with resources for further preparation<br />Access to Prelaw Program Assistants and Ambassadors…<br />who have excelled academically and are trained to share their experiences<br />Informational Prelaw Sessions…<br />to introduce available resources and aid in students’ understanding of the process<br />Academic Encouragement and Support…<br />workshops and study sessions to give students an advantage in law school applications<br />Student Outreach Gatherings…<br />foster a sense of community, and provide networking with other prelaw students<br />Community Service Opportunities….<br />to develop appreciation for giving back to the community through volunteering: CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocate, Innocence Project, Habitat 4 Humanity<br />Community Outreach…<br />encourages and nurtures the goal of a legal education in the minds of elementary and secondary school children; reaches out to impact the diversity and success of Texas Tech University prelaw students, including those from traditionally under-represented populations <br />
  9. 9. How is this team organized?<br />Vacant – Could this be you?<br />Joshua Barron– TTU Prelaw Coordinator<br />TTU Prelaw<br />Program Assistants<br />TTU Prelaw Program Council of Stakeholders<br />Provost, Academic Affairs, Diversity Equity & Community Engagement, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, School of Law, Associate Deans in Interested Colleges<br />TTU Prelaw<br />Ambassadors<br />
  10. 10. What do you do?<br />
  11. 11. Why do you do these things?<br />MISSION<br />The TTU Prelaw Program exists to engage, equip, empower and encourage students to explore and excel in the pursuit of a legal education.<br />Student Learning Outcomes: Equip, Empower, Explore, and Excel<br />Program Outcomes: Engage and Encourage<br />
  12. 12. Why do you do these things?<br />
  13. 13. 2009 CARAVAN is October 29, 2009<br />Southwest Association of PreLawAdvisors (SWAPLA)<br />Caravan<br />Questions?<br />If at any time you have questions, please don&apos;t hesitate to call or email us, we would be more than happy to help you! You can contact us at (806)742-2189 or prelaw@ttu.edu.<br />
  14. 14. There is much more online at www.prelaw.ttu.edu<br />Guidance in Admissions<br /><ul><li>Getting Started with LSAC
  15. 15. Writing Your Personal Statement
  16. 16. Building Your Resume
  17. 17. Letters of Recommendation
  18. 18. Completing Your Applications
  19. 19. Preparing for the LSAT</li></ul>Introductions to:<br /><ul><li>The Prelaw Team
  20. 20. Academic Support @ TTU
  21. 21. Career Development @ TTU
  22. 22. SWAPLA Caravan 2009
  23. 23. The NEW minor in legal studies (bit.ly/ttulegalstudies) </li></ul>Our Student BlogThe Prelaw Pundit<br />Prelaw Guidance for:<br /><ul><li>High School Students
  24. 24. Learning Communities
  25. 25. Curious about Law School
  26. 26. Parents</li></ul>Information on:<br /><ul><li>Creating Your Action Plan
  27. 27. Excelling in Class
  28. 28. Choosing a Major
  29. 29. Where Tech Students Go
  30. 30. Selecting Your Law School
  31. 31. Organizing Your Finances
  32. 32. Networking
  33. 33. Leadership Development</li></li></ul><li>Presentation Abstract<br />Is your program a playground or a professional sporting arena? Imagine: employing a team of students volunteers to leading their peers. Consider: aggressively communicating the program&apos;s learning objectives so these high-achieving students are more inclined to take ownership, develop valuable professional skills, and become ambassadors to involve more of their own peers? Contemplate: leveraging others university professionals who may be unaware that your success encourages their success? <br />This exciting approach has integrated students, external stakeholders, and our existing professional advising staff into one coherent team with a unified vision and plan of action. Topics: roles and responsibilities, assessable learning objectives, the plan of implementation we used to arrive at this point, and discussion of your own successes and ideas for a winning program.<br />

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