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Summer Law School Preparation Academy

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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, in support of the ILPA’s goal of increasing 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 SLSPA a Premier Pre-law Program?

The Summer Law School Preparation Academy encompasses 12 hours of coursework specifically designed to help students hone the skills recommended by the American Bar Association to become successful in law school and accomplished professionals. Students will also confirm the idea to pursue the legal career while learning the rigors of law school. 

The Academy incorporates two phases, with students taking two 3-credit courses in each. Students apply for Phase I as sophomores and attend the Academy 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. The SLSPA Curriculum is designed to prepare students for law school and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) by emphasizing analytical and logic reasoning, critical reading, and quality writing skills. 

All SLSPA classes meet Monday through Friday. Summer Law School Preparation Academy students enrolled in the two 3-credit courses during Phase I are eligible to attend UCS 4000 Law School Preparation Experience I. Students who successfully complete the two 3-credit courses during Phase I and are enrolled in the two 3-credit courses during Phase II are eligible to take UCS 4000 Law School Preparation Experience II (LSAT workshop sessions).

All 2021 SLSPA 3-credit courses count for the Certificate in Legal Studies. Only courses taken during fall 2020 and thereafter count for the certificate. 

Plenary Sessions

The SLSPA supplements what students learn in the classroom with twice weekly plenary sessions encompassed in UCS 4000 Law School Preparation Experience I and II. 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 meetings 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 of the program, UCS 4000 Law School Preparation Experience II plenary sessions offer free LSAT workshops.

Serving as a Resource for Students

Faculty and staff of the Institute for Law and Public Affairs advocate for and support UTSA students and alumni throughout the law school admissions process. Whether they need help with LSAT preparation, résumés, personal statements, internships or letters of recommendation, Summer Law School Preparation Academy faculty and staff make every effort to be there for our students throughout the application process.

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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 2021.

Admissions 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.