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Preparing for law school involves learning and gaining practical experience wherever possible. While courses help you gain book knowledge, summer programs and internships help you gain invaluable experience. They also help you prepare for the future and determine if the legal field is right for you. Explore the programs below.

Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Programs at Various Colleges and Universities

Each year, a number of law schools participate with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) to sponsor summer PLUS programs that offer a unique immersive learning experience which provides both a window into what law school is really like as well as insights about the law school enrollment process. The program is aimed at undergraduate students and prospective law school applicants who are one year away from applying to law school. There is no cost to apply or to attend the program for selected participants, and students who successfully complete the PLUS Program receive a $1,000 stipend and a fee waiver from the LSAC. The participating schools, with links to additional information for each of the programs can be found at the LSAC website

For 2023, the participating schools include Boston University School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, Tulane University School of Law, the University of Oregon School of Law, and more. Applications for all of these programs open now and close in March and April 2023.

Duke University School of Law - Summer Institute on Law and Policy

Course offerings in the 2023 Duke Law Summer Institute on Law and Policy focus on topics important to future law students and future lawyers, as well as to individuals in other fields who are seeking an accessible introduction to U.S. law and legal institutions.  The courses include an introduction to thinking like a lawyer, an introduction to the law school experience and how to succeed as a law student, and an introduction to U.S. constitutional law.

The Institute is offered in two sessions this summer, July 3-13 and July 17-27.  Each course is designed to provide an accessible introduction to the pertinent legal and policy subject matter. Those who are potentially interested in attending law school, or who are about to begin law school, are especially encouraged to enroll. Registration is now open!

University of Houston Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline Program

The University of Houston Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline Program is a preparatory program specifically designed to provide resources to undergraduate students who are first-generation, low income or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession who are interested in pursuing a career in law. Two programs are available. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Find more information online at their website. The 2023 application period is now closed. 

Florida State University College of Law Summer for Undergraduates Program / Donald J. Weidner Summer Undergraduates Program

FSU offers an intensive, four-week virtual program that provides interested students (particularly those from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession) with an inside look at law school and the legal profession. The 2023 program will be held from May 24th to June 16th and is open to college students enrolled at two-year and four-year institutions, in all majors and from all backgrounds. For more details, go to FSU's Summer for Undergraduates information. Application deadline: March 31, 2023. Enrollment will be limited to 60 participants. There is no cost to attend the program.


New York University School of Law, Harvard Law School and the Advantage Testing Foundation have partnered to create TRIALS, a scholarship program that helps talented and motivated undergraduates of modest means earn acceptance to the nation's leading law schools. Normally the five-week summer program has participants reside at Harvard or NYU to receive intensive LSAT instruction and attend a series of lectures by prominent lawyers and scholars to introduce them to the legal profession. Students with strong academic credentials, well-articulated ambitions and documented financial need compete for 20 spots. Students have no expenses directly associated with the program and will receive a $3,000 stipend to supplement their summer income. The 2023 program will be from June 15 through July 21. Apply online at their website. Application deadline: February 28, 2023.

Wayne State Law LSAT Prep Program [for Detroit residents]

Wayne State University Law School annually sponsors the Damon J. Keith Pre-Law Summer Institute. This free program includes full LSAT preparation provided by Kaplan (through live online courses) and a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the program to cover LSAT registration expenses.
The four-week Institute is open to rising juniors and seniors who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at any institution. Applicants must have graduated from a Detroit Public Schools Community District Public High School or be residents of the city of Detroit. The majority of instruction and programming take place online.

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