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UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs prepares students for law school


Graduates of the UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy

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(Sept. 24, 2012) -- At its annual awards ceremony, the UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) recognized the 60 students who completed the Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA) and earned ILPA's Certificate in Legal Reasoning.

Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. judge for the Western District of Texas, was the keynote speaker for the event. Rodriguez encouraged students to keep studying, stay focused on their futures and know that their hard work now will pay off in the future, because the legal profession is always in need of sharp minds. He also emphasized the significance of technology in the evolution of the legal field, which will help students be at the forefront of the profession.

ILPA Director Lisa Buentello, who presided at the ceremony, encouraged students to stay connected to the ILPA and to take advantage of the pre-law advising services available as they apply to law schools. Speakers included SLSPA faculty members Diane Abdo, John Shields and Mel Laracey, who congratulated the SLSPA Class of 2012.

SLSPA student Celina I. Guerra received the Ray Coleman Jr. Award for the most outstanding academic performance in the first and second phase of the academy. The institute also recognized students Chelsea Clemmons and Adriana N. Hernandez for their dedication, hard work, contributions and outstanding academic performance.

The SLSPS offers coursework to increase the number of students gaining admission to and excelling in law school, emphasizing analytical thinking, critical reading and quality writing. Since its creation, institute students have been accepted to more than 150 law schools and enrolled in law schools as diverse as Harvard, University of California- Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, Michigan, Minnesota, Georgetown, Cornell, Virginia and University of Texas at Austin. Institute students have gained admission to all nine law schools in Texas.

The Institute for Law and Public Affairs supports UTSA students interested in pursuing careers in law through advising, special events and the SLSPA. Institute staff will assist UTSA students from all academic disciplines in the law school application process, whether they need assistance with LSAT preparation, resumes, personal statements or letters of recommendation, or providing appropriate information concerning legal education and the legal profession.
For more information on SLSPA or prelaw advising, visit the ILPA website, call 210-458-2990 or email



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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