The Summer Law School Preparation Academy offers an enhanced pre-law curriculum, supplemented by guest speakers and practical experiences, in support of the ILPA’s goal of increasing the number of Texas students who gain admission to and excel in law school. Since the SLSPA’s creation, its students have secured acceptances to and enrolled in a diverse array of law schools throughout the United States.
The Summer Law School Preparation Academy encompasses 12 hours of coursework specifically designed to hone the reading and writing skills students need to successfully gain admission to and excel in law school. Students who complete the SLSPA receive the UTSA Certificate in Legal Reasoning.
The Academy incorporates two phases, with students taking 2 3-credit courses in each. Students apply for Phase I as sophomores and attend the Academy during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. This curriculum is designed to prepare students for law school and the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) by emphasizing analytical thinking, critical reading, and quality writing skills. Students enroll in Phase II during the summer after their junior year and before their senior year. All Phase II students will take a case-law course and an LSAT preparation course.
The SLSPA supplements what students learn in the classroom with twice weekly plenary sessions featuring law professors, law school admissions professionals, and lawyers and judges. These meetings give students insight into law school admissions, replicate the environment of the law school classroom, and introduce students to the practice of law.
Faculty and staff of the Institute for Law and Public Affairs advocate for and support our students throughout the law school admissions process. Whether they need help with LSAT preparation, résumés, personal statements, internships or letters of recommendation, our faculty and staff make every effort to be there for our students throughout the application process.
Applications are released in January and due March 1 for priority consideration, and April 1 for regular consideration; applications received after April 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Applicants must include a 1 to 2 page personal statement describing their interest in the SLSPA and in law school, a résumé, and at least one letter of recommendation. While there is no GPA requirement, an applicant’s overall GPA will factor heavily into the admissions decision. Students with less competitive GPA’s may want to discuss in their personal statements other factors that have affected their academic performance and reasons why their GPA may not be indicative of their abilities.
The SLSPA is open to undergraduate students attending any accredited college or university. Non-UTSA students admitted to the SLSPA will also need to complete an application for admission to UTSA as a transient student by May 1, and meet the requirements for admission. More information is available at http://www.utsa.edu/admissions/undergrad/requirements/other.html. Once admitted, the only cost of the program is applicable UTSA tuition and books.
Texas law requires that all students younger than 30 attending a college or university in Texas show proof of vaccination for bacterial meningitis. More information about this requirement is available at http://www.utsa.edu/health/requirements/meningitis.html.