Iowa Law Expo

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Iowa Memorial Union

The Iowa Law Expo is an excellent opportunity for current college students, community members, and pre-law advisors to learn more about law school and the legal profession. The Iowa Law Expo includes a tour of the UI College of Law, a law school fair with representatives from approximately 100 law schools around the country, and breakout sessions for pre-law advisors and students.

Information for Prospective Students / Information for Pre-Law Advisors  / Information for Law School Representatives 

The tentative schedule for the day is:

9-10 a.m.                       UI College of Law Visit (Boyd Law Building)

10:30-11:15 a.m.           Law Expo 101: Maximize your time at the Iowa Law Expo

11 a.m.-3 p.m.               Law School Fair, Main Lounge, IMU

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   New Pre-Law Advisor Workshop

1-2 p.m.                          Veteran Pre-Law Advisor Workshop

2:30-3:15 p.m.                Breakout Sessions

  • Law School 101: Preparation and Application
  • Diversity and Law School

3:15 p.m.-4 p.m.            Breakout Sessions

  • Law Career Outlook
  • Financing Law School
     

Information for Prospective Students

  • Why You Should Attend
    • You are currently applying to law school.
    • You plan to apply to law school in the future.
    • You are thinking about law school as a potential option.
    • Get advice straight from the experts. Representatives from law schools all over the country will be here in person to answer your questions at the Law School Fair.
    • Gain insight into the law school experience and the legal profession. Learn more about legal careers, financing law school, the law school application process, diversity in the legal profession, and life as a law student during breakout sessions throughout the day.
  • How to Register
    • Register here. You must register individually, even if you are coming with a school group.
    • Choose the sessions you would like to attend through the registration form
  • Is a Group from Your School Attending?
    • Check with the pre-law advisors at your school to see if they are bringing a group!
    • Pre-law advisors who bring a group of at least three students will have travel-related expenses of up to $50 per person reimbursed!
  • What to Wear and Bring
    • Business casual dress is suggested.
    • Law schools will record your contact information. You do not need to hand out copies of your resume.
    • Bring your student ID for check in.
  • Parking
    • Directions to the Iowa Memorial Union
    • Parking is available in the IMU ramp or the North ramp. Entrances to both ramp are located on Madison Street.
    • If you intend to apply for reimbursement, please save the parking receipt!
  • Check-in Information
    • 8:15 am. If you are going on the Law School Visit at the Boyd Law Building you should check in at 8:15 am at the IMU, Hubbard Commons (south side of the Main Lounge)
    • 8:45 - 11:00 am. General check-in begins for the Law School Fair and all other sessions at the IMU, Hubbard Commons
  • Tips and Additional Information
    • Click here for FileTips for Navigating the Law Expo
    • Food and beverages are available for purchase on the ground floor of the IMU in the Union Station Food Court and at The Java House. Please save your receipts if you intend to apply for reimbursement.

Information for Pre-Law Advisors

The UI Law Expo is an excellent way to build your skills as a pre-law advisor.  Attend the pre-law advisor workshops!  Network with law school admissions personnel from nearly half the accredited law schools in the country. Meet your colleagues from throughout the region.  Provide your students a fantastic professional development opportunity!  And the best part? 

MAPLA will pay YOU to attend a MAPLA Law School Caravan Event!!

You can receive reimbursement for expenses related to bringing students to the Iowa Law Expo! 

  • To qualify for reimbursement you must be a member of MAPLA and be from an institution outside of the city in which the Caravan event is located.
  • MAPLA members who bring at least three students are eligible to apply for travel assistance scholarships at the following rates:  
  • Minimum: three students plus an advisor—MAPLA will reimburse your actual expenses up to $200
  • For every additional student you bring, you will receive up to an additional $50/per student. For example, an advisor with six students receives reimbursement for all expenses incurred up to a maximum of $350 (7 persons @ $50 each)
  • Bring as many students as possible—there is no upper limit!
  • Detailed information about reimbursement is available at: https://mapla.org/Caravan_Subsidy_4.html

You do NOT have to be a MAPLA member to attend a MAPLA Law School Caravan event—they are always free and open to the public. If you are interested in joining MAPLA, membership for advisors is $40 per year. Learn more at: https://mapla.org/Membership.html

REGISTER TODAY!  Free Pre-Law Advisor Registration

The Iowa Law Expo is part of the MAPLA Law School Caravan. The Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (MAPLA) supports pre-law advising efforts throughout the Midwest. The Law Expo is also sponsored by colleges, departments, and organizations at the University of Iowa including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Tippie College of Business, the College of Law, the Academic Advising Center, the Pomerantz Career Center, and Phi Alpha Delta.

Details for Pre-Law Advisors:

  • Schedule
    • 8:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Advisor and Student Check-In, Hubbard Commons, IMU
    • 9-10 a.m.                           UI College of Law Visit, Boyd Law Building
    • 10:30-11:15 a.m.              Law Expo 101: Maximize your time at the Iowa Law Expo, IMU
    • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.                   Law School Fair, Main Lounge, IMU
    • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    New Pre-Law Advisor Workshop, IMU
    • 1:00-2:00 p.m.                 Veteran Pre-Law Advisor Workshop, IMU
    • 2:30-3:15 p.m.                 Breakout Sessions, IMU
            • Law School 101: Preparation and Application
            • Diversity and Law School
    • 3:15 p.m.-4 p.m.            Breakout Sessions, IMU
            • Law Career Outlook
            • Financing Law School
  • Parking
    • Directions to the Iowa Memorial Union
    • Parking is available in the IMU ramp or the North ramp, both entrances located on Madison St.
    • If you intend to apply to MAPLA for reimbursement, please save the parking receipt!
  • Food and Beverages:
    • There will be water available at the Law School Fair
    • Food is available for purchase in the lower level of the IMU
    • If you intend to apply to MAPLA for reimbursement, please save all food receipts from the day.


Information for Law School Representatives

  • Fair Schedule for Reps:

  • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Check-in- East Lobby of the Iowa Memorial Union (on Madison St.)
  • 11:00 a.m. Law School Fair begins in the Main Ballroom
  • 3:00 p.m. Law School Fair ends
  • Shipping Information:

  • All materials may be mailed to: Event Services, Attn: Cindy Mills, Room 159 IMU, 125 N Madison St, Iowa City, IA 52242-1317.
  • Materials should arrive no earlier than Wednesday, September 20, 2017. We cannot accept boxes that arrive prior to this date.
  • Boxes should be prominently marked “MAPLA” to ensure they are directed to the proper storage location
  • Please include your school name on the outside of each box so they can be delivered to your table prior to the event
  • Reps should arrange with their preferred shipping company to pick up any remaining materials on site.  Boxes may be packed, labeled for shipping, and stored along the north wall of the event space overnight for morning pickup. Packing tape will be available.
  • Parking:

  • Directions to the Iowa Memorial Union
  • There will be a supply drop off area on Madison St at the East Lobby Entrance
  • Parking is available in the IMU ramp or the North ramp, both entrances located on Madison St.
  • Parking passes will be provided for all law school representatives at check-in.  Parking passes are for the event hours only.
  • Food and Beverages:

  • 9:00 a.m. Light refreshments and coffee service
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch available
  • All food and beverages for law school reps will be available in the Sunporch off the Main Lounge
  • Site Information:

  • We will have 3X6’ tables with black cloth drapes
  • Limited electrical outlets will be available
  • Please bring an extension cord if will use electrical
  • Late registrants may need to share tables

Hotel Information:  Rooms are available for special rates for this event on September 25 and 26, 2017 at area hotels under MAPLA Law Caravan.