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Participants in UTSA Summer Law Academy

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(Feb. 14, 2014) -- The UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) is accepting applications for its UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA), a top-tier pre-law program designed to increase the number of students who successfully gain admission to and excel in quality law schools. Applications are due by April 15.

The SLSPA curriculum prepares students for law school and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) 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.

Additionally, students who participate in the UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy will:

  • Receive concentrated LSAT preparation and intensive skills development
  • Attend mock law classes by law school professors from Texas and across the country
  • Learn how to build a successful law school application, write a strong personal statement, apply for scholarships and secure financial aid
  • Receive pre-law advising

The academy is offered in two five-week phases. Each includes two three-credit courses. Phase I starts June 2 and Phase II starts July 10. Students can 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 can take the two phases in one summer. Those who successfully complete the SLSPA receive a UTSA Certificate in Legal Reasoning. Admittance is on a competitive basis.

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