The Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) supports UTSA students interested in pursuing careers in law through pre-law advising and events, the Certificate in Legal Studies, and its hallmark, the Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA). Since its inception in 2001, SLSPA alumni have gained admission to over 150 law schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Europe.

The  Certificate in Legal Studies aims to enhance students’ essential skills, knowledge, and experiences to pursue a legal education, following the recommendations of the American Bar Association (ABA). The Certificate in Legal Studies encompasses multidisciplinary coursework throughout the academic year. Students participating in the Summer Law School Preparation Academy are eligible to earn the certificate upon completion of the 15 required hours for the certificate.

The ILPA is located in the 1604 campus, SU 2.02.04A and welcomes students from all academic disciplines. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Join the pre-law mailing list by emailing ilpa@utsa.edu, and or email Dr. Ana Alvarez, ILPA Assistant Director, and UTSA Prelaw Advisor. 

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2022 Summer Law School Preparation Academy

  • Summer I: May 31 - July 5
  • Summer II: July 6 - August 9

Priority Application Deadline is March 15.
Regular Application Deadline is April 15.

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