Summer Pre-Law Programs

  • University of California Davis School of Law – King Hall Outreach Program  The King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) helps college students from underrepresented communities prepare for the law school admissions process. In addition to providing mentoring and pre-law advising during the school year, the program hosts eligible college juniors and seniors for a series of weekend summer sessions in which students gain valuable knowledge about the law school admission process, learn writing, analytical, and logical reasoning skills, develop study techniques for taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and explore career paths available to law school graduates.

    Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-Law Institute  This seven-week summer program, held at Georgetown University Law Center, aims to prepare students of color with the skills necessary to succeed in law school. The curriculum introduces students to American jurisprudence, federal and state court systems, critical legal vocabulary, civil litigation, and case analysis methods. Students gain a preliminary understanding of Legal Research & Writing and are taught by notable attorneys and leaders in the legal field.

    CLEO (the Council on Legal Education Opportunity) is committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minority, low-income, and disadvantaged groups. CLEO provides training and workshops to college students interested in attending law school and pursuing a legal profession career. Offerings include weekend, 4-week, and 6-week programs for students of various college years.

    LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Programs LSAC PLUS Program offers participants a window into what law school is really like while providing supportive insights about the law school enrollment journey. The PLUS Program is specifically aimed at undergraduate students and prospective law school applicants one year away from applying who are from minoritized groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession. There is no cost to apply or to attend the program if selected. All PLUS participants who successfully complete the program will receive a $1,000 stipend and an LSAC fee waiver.

    Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program The Summer for Undergraduates Program, brings campus undergraduate students from throughout the country for a month-long immersion into the legal study. The largest and oldest of its kind, the program’s primary goal is to acquaint students with the study of law and help them acquire skills that will benefit their undergraduate and future law school studies.

    UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program  Six-week residential program held at the University of Houston Law Center, with internship locations within the Houston metro area and environs. The program is specifically designed to provide resources to first-generation undergraduate students, low income, or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession who are interested in pursuing a career in law.

    Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program The IIT Chicago-Kent Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars program (“PLUS”) is a  three-week summer institute that will: (1) introduce participants to law school and the legal profession; (2) provide participants with substantive skills to strengthen their preparation for law school; and (3) educate and prepare participants for the law school application and admission process. The program is primarily directed at undergraduate college students from disadvantaged groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.

    LAW bound  An initiative of the LatinoJustice PRLDEF Education Division. LAW bound provides targeted services that address some of the most common barriers to admission to law school and helps students effectively navigate the law school admissions process. The program is offered in the summer (August) and in the winter (January).

    LexScholars by AccessLex  A diversity pipeline initiative focused on developing sustainable models for improving access to law school. LexScholars is for prospective law students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds who possess potential for law school success but may be unlikely to gain admission due to unfavorable standardized test scores. Participants will benefit from various free resources, including Online Kaplan LSAT course, law school admissions counseling throughout the application process, and ongoing access to financial education and law school informational resources.

    PLSI–Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives PLSI is an intensive two-month program that prepares American Indian and Alaska Native individuals for law school rigors by essentially replicating the first semester of law school. The course load consists of three substantive law courses, including Indian Law, Torts, and one other core curriculum subject, varying from year to year. Participants will also be enrolled in an advocacy/legal writing course. They will prepare a complete appellate moot court case, including writing a legal memorandum and brief and presenting an oral argument at the end of the two months.

    The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Law and Public Affairs – Summer Law School Preparation Academy   The Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA) offers an enhanced pre-law curriculum, supplemented by guest speakers and practical experiences, in support of the Institute for Law and Public Affairs’ goal of increasing the number of Texas students who gain admission to and excel in law school. The SLSPA is open to undergraduate students attending an accredited college or university.

    TRIALS Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools  TRIALS is a five-week fully subsidized residential summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. The program is a partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. The location alternates between Boston and New York City from year to year.

     Marshall-Motley Scholars Program  Named in honor of the legendary civil rights attorney and LDF founder Thurgood Marshall and iconic civil rights litigator Constance Baker Motley, the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) is a groundbreaking commitment to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights leaders trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellent.  

  • Duke Law D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy  The Duke D.C. Summer Institute offers short (two-week) courses taught by Duke Law faculty on topics of broad interest to college and graduate students, as well as professionals working in D.C. Launched in 2013, the Institute is designed for individuals considering law school or careers in the public sector and others interested in how the law shapes policy and regulation in the United States. Courses taught in the evening accommodate students and professionals as a complement to Capitol Hill and other D.C.-based positions and summer internships.

    The University of Oxford-The Ohio State University Summer Law Program The University of Oxford-The Ohio State University Summer Law Program is one of the oldest overseas law programs in existence and has been operating since 1987. The program is limited to 30 participants. The program offers students the unique opportunity to study with faculty from both the University of Oxford in England and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in the United States. Students will learn about the British and American legal systems through a combination of class work, guest lectures, and excursions in Oxford and London.

    1. Law School Admission Test
    2. Transcript
    3. Personal Statement
    4. Resumes
    5. Letters of Recommendation
    6. Dean’s Certification

    Register with the Law School Admission Council LSAC

    The  Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a non-profit organization with over 200 member law schools in the United States and Canada. It administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and facilitates the Credential Assembly System (CAS), both of which can be accessed via the LSAC website. LSAC does not make admission assessments or decisions.  You will receive an account once you register for the LSAT.

    Register with the Credential Assembly Service

    You must also register with the  Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  This is your common app for applying to law school.  CAS forwards copies of your undergraduate transcripts, a standardized numerical summary of your academic records, your LSAT score(s), and letters of recommendation to each law school to which you are applying. CAS converts the grades on your transcript to a standard 4.0 system and course credits to semester hours. Be sure to check your transcripts for accuracy before having them sent to CAS.

    Once you are registered with CAS, please check “yes” on the application to authorize LSAC to release your information to your pre-law advisor. This will help provide accurate statistics for Tufts students who apply to law school in the future. If you checked “no” initially, you could edit your account to authorize the information release.

    Complete a Dean’s Certification Form Williams College

    What is a dean certification for law school?  

    A Dean’s Certification (or disciplinary clearance) is a verification of your student conduct record. Law schools usually request this verification, medical schools, travel abroad programs, state bar associations, government agencies, or independent agencies when applying for admissions or employment.  You can contact the Dean’s Office to request a certificate or disciplinary clearance (413) 597-4265.