Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Conference and Law Fair

This event has concluded. We look forward to seeing you at the 13th Annual Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Conference and Law Fair to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI in February 2025.

Friday, February 2, 2024

You are cordially invited to join admission officers, faculty, and staff from Marquette University Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School at the Twelfth Annual Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Conference and Law Fair!

The legal profession needs lawyers who reflect an increasingly diverse population. Age, culture, faith, ethnicity, race, gender, LGBTQ status, and disability all contribute to diversity in law school and the legal profession. And, diversity in the legal profession increases the likelihood of access to justice. Please join admissions officers, faculty, staff, students & alumni from Marquette University Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School as we explore diversity and the legal profession. You are sure to be inspired!

This IN-PERSON event is FREE to pre-law students and advisers and will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time at Marquette University Law School.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

*Free bus transportation will be provided from Wisconsin Law School to Marquette Law School.

Download our flyer to share with fellow students and colleagues!



Please use the appropriate links below to register for both the Pre-Law Diversity Conference and the Law Fair:

Pre-Law Student Registration

Adviser Registration

Law School Representative Registration

2024 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)



9:00 – 9:30 AM

Check-in & Continental Breakfast

9:30 – 9:40 AM

Law School Welcome & Keynote Introduction
Rebecca Scheller, Associate Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid at University of Wisconsin Law School
Stephanie Nikolay, Director of Admissions & Recruitment at Marquette University Law School

9:40 – 10:10 AM

Keynote Address
Emil Ovbiagele, JD, MBA, Founder and Managing Partner of OVB Law & Consulting, S.C.

10:10 – 10:20 AM

Remarks from the Dean
Joseph D. Kearney, Dean and Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School

10:20 - 10:35 AM


10:35 - 11:25 AM

 Diversity in the Legal Profession
 Law Student & Alumni Panel

11:25 - 12:00 PM

 Completing Applications in a Post-Affirmative Action Environment
 Panel Discussion on Applying to Law School - Phil Harrinarine, Law School Admission Council, Cristina Gapasin-Tortal, University of California-Irvine School of Law, Akira  Shiroma, American University Washington College of Law 

12:00 - 12:15 PM


12:15 - 1:00 PM

 Breakout Sessions & Lunch
 Students - Lunch & Mock Class - Professor Kali Murray

 Advisers - Admissions Roundtable - Join us for a special luncheon as we continue the morning conversation and expand to other hot topics. 

1:00 - 2:30 PM

 Law School Fair--Over 50 law schools will be in attendance!
 View Participating 2024 Law Schools and Organizations Here (PDF)



General driving directions to and from Marquette Law School (Eckstein Hall) are available on our website

Free parking will be available in Eckstein Hall’s underground parking structure (building 7a) on the campus map.

Free roundtrip bus transportation is available from Wisconsin Law School to Marquette Law School. Please sign-up for bus transportation when you register for the event. Specific details will be emailed to bus riders the week of the event. Contact Wisconsin Law School with questions.

The closest airport to the Marquette campus is General Mitchell International (MKE).

We recommend any of the following, which are all in relatively close proximity to the law school:

Hotel Distance to campus  
DoubleTree by Hilton MKE Downtown 0.5 miles  
Ambassador Hotel MKE by Wyndham 0.6 miles *Call hotel (414) 345-5000 for Marquette Rate
Hilton City Center 0.6 miles  
Springhill Suites MKE Downtown 0.8 miles *Enter MRQ in the Corporate/Promo/Set for 15% off
Hyatt Regency 0.9 miles  
Hyatt Place 0.9 miles  
Drury Hotel 1.1 miles  
Aloft 1.2 miles  
MKE Marriott Downtown 1.3 miles *Enter MRQ in the Corporate/Promo/Set for 15% off
Westin MKE 1.4 miles *Enter MRQ in the Corporate/Promo/Set for 15% off
Hilton Garden Inn 1.4 miles *Call hotel (414) 271-6611 for Marquette rate of 10% off best available
Pfister 1.5 miles  
Cambria 1.1 miles  


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Nikolay at Marquette University Law School or Rebecca Scheller at the University of Wisconsin Law School.