Summer Law School Preparation Academy

Summer Law School Preparation Academy

The Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA) offers an enhanced pre-law curriculum, supplemented by guest speakers and practical experiences, to increase the number of students who gain admission to and excel in law school. Since the SLSPA’s creation, its students have secured acceptances to and enrolled in a diverse array of law schools throughout the United States.

What Makes the Summer Law School Preparation Academy a Premier Pre-law Program?

The Summer Law School Preparation Academy is intentionally designed to help you develop the core skills for law school and legal career success. As a SLSPA student, you will have the opportunity to refine your analytical and logic reasoning, critical reading, and quality writing skills to prepare for and excel in law school and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

The SLSPA encompasses four 3-credit courses (12 credit hours) towards your GPA.  SLSPA Curriculum here. SLSPA participants will confirm their desire to pursue law school while learning with the rigors of law school. 

The SLSPA incorporates two phases/terms. Students take two 3-credit courses on each. Students apply for Phase I as sophomores and attend the SLSPA during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. Students typically enroll in Phase II during the summer after their junior year and before their senior year. 

All SLSPA classes meet Monday-Friday. Each SLSPA course offers 3 credits and costs as any other 3-credit course at UTSA. See Summer 2022 Tuition and Fees here. Academic credits are transferable to most universities and colleges. 

The Summer Law School Preparation Academy offers Experiential Learning appearing in your transcripts. Students enrolled in the two 3-credit courses in Phase I are eligible to attend, at no cost, UCS 4000 Law School Preparation Experience I. Students who successfully complete the two 3-credit courses in phase I and are enrolled in the two 3-credit courses in Phase II are eligible to attend UCS 4100 Law School Preparation Experience II (LSAT workshops), cost free. 

SLSPA courses count for the Certificate in Legal Studies. Courses taken only during or after fall 2020 count for the Certificate. If interested, contact Dr. Ana Alvarez, certificate program advisor, to fill out official paperwork

Experiential Learning: Law School Preparation I and II Courses

The SLSPA supplements what students learn in the classroom with experiential learning opportunities. Students attend plenary sessions in both UCS 4000 Law School Preparation Experience I and UCS 4100 Law School Preparation Experience II courses, cost-free. Credit/Not Credit grades appear in transcripts. Plenary sessions are usually offered twice a week.

During phase I of the program, UCS 4000 Law School Preparation Experience I plenary sessions feature Texas law school admissions professionals, law professors, and panels of lawyers who work in different legal areas. These sessions give students insight into law school admissions, replicate the environment of the law school classroom, and introduce students to the practice of law. During phase II , UCS 4000 Law School Preparation Experience II plenary sessions offer LSAT workshops.

Serving as a Resource for Students

The Institute for Law and Public Affairs advocates for and supports UTSA students and alumni through pre-law advising and events, Certificate in Legal Studies, and the Summer Law School Preparation Academy. 

Summer Law School Preparation Academy students are exposed to the rigors of law school while strengthening the idea to pursue law school. They have the opportunity to hone the skills needed for law school and the LSAT, learn the law school application process, network with the legal community, and intern with legal agencies. Students successfully completing the SLSPA earn 12, out of the 15, academic credits required to earn the Certificate in Legal Studies.

Applying to the Summer Law School Preparation Academy

Eligibility: The SLSPA is open to undergraduate students attending any accredited college or university, who have at least 30 credit hours by spring 2022.

Admission is on competitive basis.

Applications received on or after April 15 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

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

Apply Here.

Non-UTSA students admitted to the SLSPA will also need to complete an application for admission to UTSA as a transient student by May 1, and meet the requirements for admission.

Texas law requires that all students younger than 30 attending a college or university in Texas show proof of vaccination for bacterial meningitis. Learn more about this requirement here.