UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program

Programs

Program dates: May 29 – July 28, 2018

Currently the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program offers two study tracks: LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program (Scholar I) and Scholar II. Each track focuses on different developmental components to assist our students with creating portfolios that seek to make them attractive candidates for law school. Pipeline Program alums have been accepted to a number of law schools including: Brooklyn Law School,George Washington University Law School, Howard University School of Law, Oklahoma City University Law School, University of Houston Law Center, University of Miami School of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Additionally, the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program has a host of professional development workshops geared towards preparing its students for networking and internship opportunities and to improve overall the caliber of the student’s academic career. Included in these workshops are speaker sessions with members of the legal community, introductory legal research methods, and effective study and networking techniques. Please see below for an overview of each track’s curriculum.

The program is proud to have hosted students from the following institutions: Agnes Scott College ★ Barnard College at Columbia University ★ Clark Atlanta University ★ College of the Sequoias ★ Dillard University ★ Fisk University ★ Hampshire College ★ Houston Baptist University ★ Iowa State University ★ Jackson State University ★ John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY ★ Lamar University ★ Lycoming College ★ New York University ★ Prairie View A&M University ★ Spelman College ★ SUNY University at Buffalo ★ Texas A&M International University ★ Texas A&M University ★ Texas Southern University ★ Texas State University ★ University of Miami ★ University of North Texas ★ University of Houston ★ University of Houston-Downtown ★ University of Oklahoma ★ University of West Alabama ★ University of Texas At Rio Grande Valley

LSAC DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program (Scholar I)

LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program (Scholar I track) is targeted, but not restricted, to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession. The PLUS program generously funded by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), and is designed for students in the first two years of college, and preference will be given to students who have joined DiscoverLaw.org. As a program participant, you will be eligible to receive tuition, free room and board for the duration of the program, and a $1,000 stipend. You will also receive a fee waiver from the Law School Admissions Council for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service.

Goals

The PLUS program's goals include introducing students to the law school experience, developing their personal and professional skills, and exposing them to legal internship and networking opportunities.

Eligibility

To be considered for the DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program, students should be first-generation college students, low income, or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession. Students must hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and must be in their first two years of college.   Students attending community college must show proof of college continuance by providing a copy of the acceptance letter from the 4-year institution they will be attending in the Fall. Preference will be given to students who have joined DiscoverLaw.org. Please refer to the application page for more information.

Curriculum

Accepted students will be immersed in a rigorous eight-week program where they will be able to receive the necessary skills to prepare them for their journey toward law school. These students will participate in five weeks of instruction including introductory law school classes, legal writing, and trial advocacy, taught by law school faculty, and three weeks of legal internships.

 

Introductory Law School classes offered have included: Internship Placements have included:
  • Business Organizations
  • Children and the Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Practice
  • Death Penalty Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Immigration Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property Topics
  • Law and Economics
  • Legal Writing
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Torts
  • Trust and Wills
  • Atlas, Hall and Rodriguez
  • Bracewell LLP
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chaumette, PLLC
  • Diggs Law Firm
  • Disability Rights Texas
  • ExxonMobil
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Harris County Court Systems
  • Human Rights First
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Centers
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office
  • Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan's Office
  • Texas Civil Rights Project - Houston
  • The Law Office of Tanika J. Solomon
  • The Putman Firm
  • Winstead PC 

Scholar II Track (Rising Seniors)

Goal

The Scholar II track’s goals focus on building a strong law school application by concentrating on LSAT test preparation, creating and finalizing the student’s resume, personal statement and/or diversity statement for submission to law school.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Scholar II track, students should be first generation college students, low income, or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession.  Students must hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and must have completed over 85 college credits by June of the year that the student is applying for admission to the program. Priority will be given to eligible students who have successfully completed the Scholar I track as well as students who are rising seniors, or students who have completed their third year in college.

Curriculum

Accepted students will be immersed in an intensive eight-week LSAT Prep course so that they are better prepared to take the fall LSAT.  Students will also participate in resume, personal statement and diversity statement workshops. At the end of this program, students will have near-final personal statements and/or diversity statements, resumes, and a better understanding of the LSAT and law school admissions process.