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) at University of Memphis Law School
Memphis Law will offer their 2021 PLUS program in virtual format from June 6-July 8, 2022. The Program targets undergraduate sophomores and juniors from minoritized groups who have been underrepresented in the legal profession. There is no cost to attend, and participants will receive a $1000 stipend through the Law School Admissions Council. This will be an online program for 2022. Application deadline is March 31, 2022. The application and additional information is available on the Memphis Law website.
ADF Law School Prep Academy
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is offering a training opportunity for students entering law school in the fall of 2022. The Law School Prep Academy is a 2.5-day training session designed to engage and equip the next generation of Christian leaders in the legal profession, preparing them for success during their 1L year with a combination of worldview foundations, substantive instruction and strategies for professional development. Attendees gain insights on reading and briefing a case, legal research, legal writing, exam prep, and career strategy -- along with an introduction to the Blackstone Legal Fellowship.
Plans are still underway for a 2022 session; if you are interested, contact Katie Vizzerra at KVizzerra@ADFlegal.org
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. Apply online at their website.
Scholar I Program: This program is for undergraduate freshmen and sophomores and will be held virtually from May 31-July 29, 2022. The cost is $600 (needs-based scholarships are available), and the course will focus on introducing students to the law school experience, developing personal and professional skills, and creating networking opportunities. Applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis until enrollment is filled, with a final deadline of February 1.
Scholar II Program: Designed for undergraduate rising seniors who have at least 85 college credits by June of the year of participation, the program focuses on building a strong law school application. The course will be virtual for 2022, from March 27-July 29. Program cost is $1600 (needs-based scholarships are available). Application deadline: March 1, 2022
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 2022 program will be held from June 1-24 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: April 1, 2022. 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. The decision on whether to conduct the program virtually for 2021 is still being made; 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 2022 program will be from early July through early August, with exact dates to be announced soon. Apply online at their website. Application deadline: February 28, 2022.
The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Programs
Each year, a number of law schools participate with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) to sponsor summer PLUS programs. The participating schools, with links to additional information for each of the programs can be found at the LSAC website. For 2022, 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, University of Puerto Rico School of Law, the University of Memphis-Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law, and the University of Oregon School of Law. Applications for all of these programs open in January, 2022.
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