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UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs accepts applications for law academy
(Feb. 11, 2013) -- The UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) is accepting applications for the UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA), a premier pre-law program designed to increase the number of students who successfully gain admission to and excel in quality law schools.
>> The priority deadline to apply is March 15. The regular deadline is April 15, 2013.
The SLSPA curriculum prepares students for law school and the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) by emphasizing analytical thinking, critical reading and quality writing skills. SLSPA students receive 12 hours of undergraduate credit, which can transfer to most accredited universities. The program also features a weekly series of speakers including law school professors, admissions directors and practitioners to offer their knowledge and advice about law.
The academy incorporates two phases with students taking two three-credit courses in each. Each phase is five weeks. Phase I starts June 3 and phase II starts July 11. Students apply for Phase I as sophomores and attend the academy during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. Students enroll in Phase II during the summer after their junior year and before their senior year. Students also may take the two phases in one summer as well. Students who complete the SLSPA receive the Certificate in Legal Reasoning. Admittance is on a competitive basis.
The benefits of participating in the UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy are:
- Take two three-credit undergraduate courses in each phase.
- Receive concentrated LSAT preparation and intensive skills development.
- Attend law mock classes by law school professors from Texas and across the country.
- Learn ways to build a successful law school application, how to write a strong personal statement, and apply for scholarships and secure financial aid.
- Attend seminars by law school deans and directors of admissions.
- Interact with law school faculty and practitioners.
- Receive pre-law advising.
- Earn the Certificate in Legal Reasoning.