when you wish upon a star when you wish upon a scam
Consider the following heartwarming, if imaginary, law school success stories, inspired by America’s renowned corporate provider of saccharine-flavored folklore and wholesome uplift, Disney Inc.
The Beast—A royal shmuck laden with the heavy curse of a hideous LSAT score is redeemed by the loving embrace of a law school willing to look beyond superficial credentials and see the handsome legal prince within.
Lampwick (Pinnochio)— A career dead-ender is recruited to prestigious Pleasure Island School of Law, where he undergoes a transformative educational experience, leading to secure life-long employment.
Aladdin —A young vagrant achieves astonishing upward mobility after stumbling upon an enlightening professional degree program, which holds within it a wondrous spirit of immense power and versatility.
It is well-established, in spite of ill-informed propaganda from the New York Times, that a law degree is a better outcome-enhancer than even the most profligate fairy godmother. True, that which children, in their wide-eyed naïvete, call "magic" is known to those of us of more sophisticated years as "perfectly sound, albeit industry-funded, econometric studies." But the point is that third and fourth tier pumpkins really do turn into million-dollar carriages.
That is why both I and the Law School Admissions Council agree that it was so "fitting" to hold the annual Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) conference for law school admissions professionals at Disney World. It is Disney that taught us that young and seemingly unpromising elephants can learn to fly-- provided, of course, they receive training and development assistance from a kind and supportive rodent coach. Similarly, we can anticipate that many apparent dumbos will soar to incredible professional heights in law or elsewhere, so long as they are recruited to a lower-tier circus by a caring admissions rodent, I mean professional.
The semi-annual LSAC newsletter has the enchanting details about the then-upcoming conference. I note that LSAC, with the modesty of a comatose princess, restricts its self-praise for making law students' "dreams come true" to a mere three mentions in the first paragraph, not counting the heading.
We make law school applicants’ dreams come true, so it is fitting for us to hold our annual gathering at the official headquarters for making dreams come true—Disney World. LSAC’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Educational Conference will be held June 1–4 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The theme—“Making Dreams Come True: Inspiring the Next Generation of Law Students”—derives from the magical venue for this year’s meeting. The Planning Work Group, with Michael Donnelly-Boylen as its chair, created a compelling schedule that includes options for the many and varied interests of LSAC members—from nuts-and-bolts mini-sessions to a special LLM track to meaty panels about the changing recruitment landscape.
Of course, there will be plenary speakers who will inspire us to dream big: Elizabeth Slavitt, vice president of learner strategy and operations at Khan Academy; Dennis Snow, an expert in customer service, employee development, and leadership training (who honed his skills over 20 years with the Walt Disney Company); and Vernā Myers, founder and president of the Verna Myers Company, which helps organizations in the for-profit, nonprofit, academic, and government arenas create and sustain inclusive environments where traditionally underrepresented groups can thrive.
In addition to the many networking opportunities built into the program, there will be an orientation for first-time attendees, a mentoring program, and the popular Learning Lounge staffed by team members from Law School Support Services.
The Diversity Matters Award celebrates a law school that has demonstrated the highest level of outreach to racially and ethnically diverse students. The Award Ceremony will be a highlight of the Welcome Dinner on Wednesday.
No annual meeting is ALL business and learning—there will be plenty of time to enjoy the comfort and luxury offered by Disney’s Beach Club Resort, with its pools, lagoons, and spas; water activities; and Epcot® Center close by. Disney’s Hollywood Studios® are just a short boat ride away. There is no place like Walt Disney World® Resort, and there is no meeting like LSAC’s Annual Meeting and Educational Conference!