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Summer Programs

University of Houston Law Center Prelaw Pipeline Program

The UHLC 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 and who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The six-week residential program is from June 1-July 10, 2015 and equips students for the demands of the LSAT exam, the law school application process, and a law school career. There is a $499 program fee, and needs-based scholarships are available. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and have completed 45-75 college credits by June 1, 2015. The online application will be available on March 1, 2015, with a priority deadline of March 15, 2015. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a space-availability basis.

Duke D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy

Duke University School of Law offers short courses taught by Duke Law faculty 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. The evening courses will be offered during two sessions, held in July 2015 at the Duke in Washington offices (1201 New York Avenue NW). For more information, go to

Florida State University College of Law Summer for Undergraduates Program

FSU offers an intensive, four-week program that provides interested students (particularly those from groups historically under-represented in the legal profession) with an inside look at law school and the legal profession.The 2015 program will be held from May 18 through June 11 and is open to college students enrolled at two- and four-year institutions, in all majors and from all backgrounds. Application deadline is March 27, 2015. For more details, go to

Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program (PLUS)

The University of Iowa College of Law offers the Program each summer to support diversity in the legal profession by inspiring students from groups historically under-represented in the field of law to become lawyers and by providing them with skills and assistance that will strengthen their preparation for law school. This program is suspended for 2014 and will be scheduled again beginning in 2015.

Congratulations to Phanuelle Duchatelier, a 2010 recipient of the PLUS Scholarship!


New York University School of Law, Harvard Law School and the Advantage Testing Foundation have partnered to create TRIALS, a residential scholarship program that helps talented and motivated undergraduates of modest means earn acceptance to the nation's leading law schools. For five weeks during the summer, participants reside at Harvard or NYU to receive intensive LSAT instruction and 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 will compete for twenty spots. Students have no expenses directly associated with the program and will receive a $3000 stipend to supplement their summer income. Application deadline is February 27, 2015. Apply online.

John Marshall Law School Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI)

The Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), sponsored by the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, provides college juniors and seniors from groups historically under-represented in the law field who are interested in pursuing a legal career with the training necessary to successfully prepare and navigate the road to law school. Admission to PLSI is competitive with students selected who are academically focused and involved as leaders in their communities. Additional information, including the schedule of events, housing details and costs are available from the John Marshall Law School. The 2014 program will be July 28 through August 1. At the close of the week-long Institute, there will be a mock trial workshop for program participants, with the winner offered $10,000 in tuition waivers to the John Marshall Law School.

John Marshall Law School Legal Education Access Program (LEAP)

The 2014 Legal Education Access Program (LEAP), sponsored by the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, is a program for college juniors, seniors and recent graduates interested in pursuing a legal career running from July 28 through August 1. The intent of LEAP is to support diversity in the legal profession by inspiring students from groups historically under-represented in the law. The program will introduce students to the law school application process and extinguish apprehensions about applying and gaining admission. Housing and some meals will be provided as part of the $100 registration fee. Online applications are due by May 2, 2014.

Achieving Success in the Application Process (ASAP)

ASAP is designed to prepare underrepresented students to successfully gain admission to and succeed in law school. The curriculum will focus on aspects of law school applications that are commonly underlooked or undervalued by prospective students. The program will be July 11-12, 2015 at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and is hosted by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO).

For more information or to register

Attitude is Essential (AIE)

The AIE program is for students entering law school in the fall of 2014 or spring of 2015 and is designed to equip underrepresented law students with the tools necessary to take control of their law school learning experience, including time management, law school exam preparation and performance, and writing techniques. The program will be in June and July, 2015, with locations to be announced. It is sponsored by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity.

For more information or to register

Cornell University Pre-Law Program

Cornell University's six week summer program, designed for college sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing legal careers is scheduled for June 1 through July 10, 2015. Admission is on a rolling basis, and early application is encouraged. The Program features:

  • a four-credit course entitled "Introduction to the American Legal System"
  • selective internships at law firms or in legal departments
  • the opportunity to explore the law and culture of New York City
  • Contact Cornell's Pre-Law Program for more information

College Prelaw Summer Institute

A free educational program (sponosored by CLEO, Cooley Law School and Oakland University) will be held May 28 through June 27, 2014, at Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills campus for applicants from a historically underrepresented, low-income, or otherwise disadvantaged group. Among the training that will be included:

  • logic and reasoning classes
  • legal writing classes
  • two practice LSAT exams
  • mock trial experience

Upon completion of the program, participants receive a $750 stipend. The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Academic credit for the program may be given at selected universities. Applications are due by April 2, 2014. Additional information and applications are available from Cooley Law School.

2015 Law, Justice and Culture Institute

This annual program will be held from May 18-29, 2015 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. Participants are exposed to a rigorous curriculum that includes classroom instructions, guest speakers, and other activities. The Institute is intended to inspire students to formulate a biblically-based conception of politics and law, as well as to understand the Western legal tradition's emphasis on the rule of law under God and to the integration of Judeo-Christian ethics into the fields of law, government, and politics.

Scholarships for the program are available, and students can receive three hours of academic credit in political science/history. For additional information, contact Zach Bohannon (815.936.3907), email, or visit the Center online. More information and application.

The Alliance Defending Freedom Collegiate Academy

The Alliance Defending Freedom "is a servant ministry building an alliance to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel by transforming the legal system and advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family." The ADF Collegiate Academy offers undergraduate pre-law sutdents an intimate setting where they can learn from renowned Christian experts in legal and policy fields, building the competence, credentials and character needed to bring about lasting change in American culture. Two sessions will be offered in 2015: May 31 - June 5 and August 9-14 in Phoenix, AZ. Application deadline for both sessions is February 9, 2015. For more information, contact the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Chicago-Kent College of Law Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program

From May 31-June 19, 2015, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago-Kent College of Law will sponsor the PLUS Program to provide students with a taste of the law school experience and to introduce them to the admissions process. The three-week program is for current college freshmen through juniors interested in the legal profession and is designed to attract disadvantaged students and those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. All tuition, rooming, course material and other expenses (including a small stipend to offset meal and other expenses) will be provided by IIT. Transportation expenses are not covered. Applications are due by Monday, March 2, 2015. For additional information, contact IIT.

LSAT Prep Program

From June-August 2015, Minnesota Law will offer the Minnesota Pre-Law Scholar Program (“MPLS”), a free, intensive LSAT/law school admissions preparation course (room & board not included). The opportunity is open to any college student or recent graduate considering law school, particularly those from groups historically underrepresented in law school and the legal profession.  The program is available to undergraduate students and recent alumni regardless of undergraduate institution. 

Additional information is available on the Law School website. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.