July 14, 2020 - The University of Houston Law Center's award-winning Pre-Law Pipeline Program welcomed a cohort of college students across the country last week to participate in the Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program in a virtual format. The program is sponsored by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
"We are so excited to welcome our PLUS Scholars this summer," said Program Director Kristen Guiseppi in her welcoming remarks. "We thank them for re-affirming their commitment to pursue a legal career and to be prepared for law school. This is a very important time. There are a lot of challenges, and these students will be the leaders of the new generation of lawyers. For that we applaud them and are very supportive of them on this journey."
The PLUS Program is targeted, but not restricted, to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession, and is designed for students in their first two years of college with at least two years left to graduate. Program participants will receive a fee waiver from the Law School Admission Council for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service.
Students enrolled in this iteration of the program will gain hands-on experience studying criminal law, legal writing and will hear from panelists who will discuss "Law School 101" and an introduction to the LAST and pre-law advising. It will also provide an intensive focus on the skills required to succeed in law school, the law school admission process, and a legal career.
Since the Pre-Law Pipeline Program began in 2014, 169 undergraduate students drawn from 56 colleges and universities across 24 states have completed the course. Sixty-one, or about 75 percent, of the program’s college graduates have gone on to law school. Pipeline graduates have been awarded more than $2 million in law school scholarships.
The program has been honored by numerous organizations and publications, including the American Bar Association, the Law School Admission Council, the AccessLex Institute and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine (HEED Award). Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all program offerings are being held online for the first time in its six-year history.