Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Welcome to MAPLA

The Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors, MAPLA, promotes informed advising of students who are considering a legal career. Since the organization's inception in 1975, MAPLA has served as an effective vehicle for communication among professionals involved in pre-law advising and in the law school admissions process. MAPLA members advise students in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

MAPLA has several active programs that connect pre-law advisors, law school admission representatives, and LSAC staff including:
  • An annual conference that provides on-going education and professional development for new and seasoned pre-law advisors,
  • A caravan of law school admission representatives that brings law school admissions to campuses throughout the region,
  • The MAPLA Briefs newsletter published several times each year to inform the membership on issues affecting pre-law advising and law school admissions, and
  • A professional listserve for members enabling discussion and information sharing throughout the year. 
We invite you to explore our website to learn how MAPLA effectively supports the work of advisors across the Midwest.


New Pre-Law Advisor Webinar
Are you new to pre-law advising, or would you like a refresher on advising students through the law school application process? This FREE webinar designed for new Pre-Law Advisors will help you kick-start your fall semester! The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 27 from 11 am to 12:30 pm Central time. Click here for more information.

Conference Information
The MAPLA Conference 2014 will be held Thursday, September 11 to Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the historic Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Downtown Chicago, Illinois. Our theme this year is "Advising the Advisor: Best Practices in Pre-Law Advising." The conference will conclude with ample opportunity for pre-law advisors to attend the LSAC Chicago Law School Forum on Saturday, September 13.  A tentative conference schedule and Early Bird registration are now available on the conference web page.

National Pre-Law Advisor Listserv Transition
The national pre-law advisor listserv is transitioning from longtime host Elon University to a PLANC (Pre-Law Advisors National Council) managed Google Group. All pre-law advisors who wish to be on the new listserv should send an email to to join. The current Elon listserv will go offline on Friday, September 6, 2013.

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