June 10, 2016 — Nineteen undergraduate students are weighing their future education options in the second annual Pre-law Pipeline Program at the University of Houston Law Center.
The eight-week, summer program is designed to give students a sense of what law school is like to see if it is the right fit for them. This year the program offers students two tracks – Scholar I and Scholar II.
Eight students are participating in the Scholar I track, which is intended for students in their first two years of college. The curriculum consists of three weeks of introductory law school classes taught by UHLC Faculty, two weeks of LSAT preparation and three weeks of internships.
Eleven students are taking part in the Scholar II track meant for students who are in their third or fourth year of college and are preparing to apply to law school. The Scholar II track focuses on building a strong law school application; the curriculum consists of eight weeks of LSAT preparation, and resume and personal statement workshops with follow-up one-on-one sessions.
During last week's orientation, students heard from alumni of last year's program in a panel discussion with Professor Meredith Duncan serving as moderator. The panel discussed what students should expect throughout the course of the program, offered advice on how to manage their time, and the Law Center's expectations of the students. They lunched with Law Center faculty members, and had their first legal professional development session with Tiffany Tucker, associate director of the Law Center's Career Development Office.
Program Manager Kristen Guiseppi said she looks forward to the program's continued success.
"We are happy to announce that two of our students from last year's cohort will be attending law school in Fall 2016: the University of Houston Law Center, and Iowa Law School," she said. "We had two weeks of LSAT prep last year and saw an average class score increase of two to three points. If the first-year student success is any indication of the program's potential, then we eagerly anticipate the success of it for many years to come."