More than 100 Law Schools and 350 Prospective Law Students Scheduled to Attend LatinoJustice PRLDEF Law Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2013

CONTACT: John Garcia, Director of Communications, 212-739-7513, 917-673-9095 or jgarcia@latinojustice.org.

More than 100 law schools and six legal organizations will attend the annual LatinoJustice PRLDEF LawDay event this weekend in New York. The event, which brings together almost 350 prospective law students and representatives from law schools around the country, will be held this weekend at Pace University in downtown Manhattan.

María Pabón López, Dean of Loyola University College of Law, is this year’s keynote speaker. Dean López is one of only four Latina law school deans in the country.

Now in its 31st year, the event is one of the most successful diversity recruiting fairs in the country. Sunday Oct. 6 will feature workshops, a law fair and informational sessions.

“For over 30 years our students and the law schools have reconfirmed that there is a need for this kind of event,” said Sonji Patrick, Director of Education for LatinoJustice PRLDERF. “Our goal has always been to introduce law schools to a wide and diverse pre-law constituency. This is a perfect way for students to see a broad array of law schools and for law schools to meet a great cadre of young, potential law students.”

Pre-law students hear from expert panelists covering topics such as the admissions process, financing law school and what you can do with a law degree. There is also a break-out session called “Ask a Law Student” where participants are able to talk candidly with current Latino law students about the law school experience.

Students interact with recruiters from law schools and representatives of pre-law organizations and companies during the law fair. The event is widely known as one of the best attended recruitment events in the northeast for aspiring law students of color.

Started in 1982, Law Day is designed to host recruiters from law schools nationwide that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity. The schools attend because they are committed to helping Latinos and other students of diversity gain access to law school. The event has become an institution on its own and is an important part of the law school fall recruitment calendar.

Law Day is underwritten by Pace Law School and cosponsored by New York Law School, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Southwest Airlines.

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