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UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs hosts Law School Fair Oct. 3
(Sept. 21, 2012) -- The UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) will host the eighth annual UTSA Law School Fair from noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the University Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The fair is open to anyone who wants to learn about how to apply to law schools. The event is sponsored by the ILPA and the Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA).
This year's fair will include representatives from 110 of the nation's law schools. Exhibitors will provide information about pre-law academic preparation, law school admission, law school financing and benefits of the various law schools, with the possibility to gain fee waivers for law school applications and network.
According to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the law school population (as well as the legal profession) does not reflect precisely the energetic and growing diverse population in our society. Law schools understand that diversity in classrooms enhances the learning process for all students. The ILPA, through the Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA), aims to enhance pre-law educational opportunities and increase the number of Texas students who gain admission to and excel in high-quality law schools. The ILPA welcomes and encourages students and alumni from all universities who are interested in applying to law school to attend the fair.
Since the ILPA's inception, institute students have been admitted to more than 150 law schools and enrolled in numerous diverse law schools across the country including Harvard, Columbia University, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley (Boalt), UT Austin, Northwestern, Georgetown, University of Washington, Emory, Boston, NYU, Lewis and Clark, Syracuse and all law schools in Texas.
In addition to pre-law advice for those interested in going to law school, the ILPA offers the Summer Law School Preparation Academy program which encompasses 12 hours of coursework that may count toward the legal studies minor. These courses are designed to hone the analytical, critical-reading skills and writing skills that students need to perform successfully in law school. Students who complete the 12 hours of coursework receive the ILPA Certificate in Legal Reasoning. The institute's pre-law advisers, recognized by the LSAC, provide information concerning legal education and counsel and assist students on the law school application process.