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The Institute for Law and Public Affairs supports UTSA students interested in pursuing careers in law through advising, special events, the Certificate in Legal Studies, and its hallmark, the Summer Law School Preparation Academy. Hundreds of students have graduated from the Summer Law School Preparation Academy since its inception in 2001, and in the years since the program began its 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 to pursue a legal education, following the recommendation of the American Bar Association (ABA). The Certificate in Legal Studies encompasses multidisciplinary coursework throughout the academic year; furthermore, students who participate 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 at the 1604 campus in GSR 2.210 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


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Save the Dates!  2021 Summer Law School Preparation Academy.

  • Summer I: June 1 - July 7
  • Summer II: July 8 - August 13

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

Apply Here.