PRE-LAW PIPELINE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
The national conversation regarding what factors to consider in the law school admission process has increased over the last few years, and there have been similar conversations in hiring decisions across the legal profession. These conversations demonstrate the recognition that there is still a critical need for lawyers who represent a wide variety of backgrounds and communities.
The University of Houston Law Center has responded to this demand by developing dynamic, race-neutral pre-law preparatory programs imbued with the necessary resources to develop the next generation of aspiring lawyers. The UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Programs (“Pipeline Programs”) were designed with higher education best practices in mind and seek to provide an inclusive, educational pre-law experience.
The programs have been developed to guide talented students from all backgrounds into the law school pipeline by providing students from first generation, low income, and underrepresented backgrounds access to educational and exam preparatory opportunities, professional development, experiential learning, resources, and mentors.
The new director, Mariesha Keys, participated in the inaugural University of Houston Law Center's Pre-Law Pipeline Program class and is looking forward to continuing the vision of founding director Kristen Guiseppi.
“The program provided me with invaluable experience and exposure to all facets of the legal profession and solidified my desire to attend law school. As the director of this dynamic, national, award-winning program, I am proud of our scholars’ achievements,” said Keys. “As a former Pipeline Programs scholar, a graduate of the Law Center, and a former law school admissions representative, I aim to continue the legacy and impact of the University of Houston Law Center's Pipeline Programs.”
Since the launch of the first pipeline program in 2015, 140 scholars have been accepted to law school and have been awarded over $11.1M in scholarships. Students who participate in the LSAT prep curriculum have seen a Median LSAT Score Increase Range of 6-14 points with the highest individual LSAT score increase of 27 points.
“These results are proof that our formula works and that students, regardless of their unique circumstances and when equipped with the right tools and guidance, can be successful,” Keys said.
The program has a limited number of seats available, and many eager applicants are simply not able to be part of the summer cohort.
“Through this innovative magazine, I am thrilled that the University of Houston Law Center has stepped up again to provide foundational law school preparatory information to those who need it most,” Keys said.
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