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UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs hosts Law School Fair Oct. 18
(Oct. 1, 2013) -- The UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) will host its ninth annual UTSA Law School Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at the University Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The fair is open to anyone planning to attend law school. The event is sponsored by the ILPA and the Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA).
This year's fair will include representatives from more than 100 of the nation's law schools. Exhibitors will provide information about law school admission, law school financing and benefits of the various law schools. Students also will have the opportunity to network. Students and alumni from any college or university interested in attending law school are welcome. Admission is free.
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 community. 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 in 44 states including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and in Europe and as diverse as Harvard University; University of California, Berkeley (Boalt), Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, University of Washington, Emory University, Boston University, New York University, Lewis and Clark University, Syracuse University and all law schools in Texas.
The ILPA offers the Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA) program, which encompasses 12 credit hours of coursework that count towards students’ GPA and 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.
In addition to the SLSPA, the ILPA offers pre-law advice to help students develop their path to law school. The institute’s pre-law advisors, recognized by the LSAC, provide information concerning legal education and counsel and assist students on the law school application process.