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Participants in UTSA Summer Law Academy

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(April 8, 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 SLSPA 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. 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 who will offer their knowledge and advice about the field of 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, 2013. 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. Students who complete the SLSPA receive the Certificate in Legal Reasoning. Admittance is on a competitive basis.

Benefits gained by participating in the UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy are:

  • Take two three-credit undergraduate courses in each phase
  • Have a concentrated LSAT preparation and intensive skills development
  • Attend law mock classes taught 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 how to 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 prelaw advising
  • Earn the Certificate in Legal Reasoning

The priority deadline to apply is March 15, 2013. The final deadline is April 15, 2013.

For more information, visit the UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs website or email