Summer Pre-Law Programs
DIVERSITY PRE-LAW PREPARATION SUMMER PROGRAMS AND INSTITUTES
University of California Davis School of Law – King Hall Outreach Program The King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) helps college students from underrepresented communities prepare for the law school admissions process. In addition to providing mentoring and pre-law advising during the school year, the program hosts eligible college juniors and seniors for a series of weekend summer sessions in which students gain valuable knowledge about the law school admission process, learn writing, analytical, and logical reasoning skills, develop study techniques for taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and explore career paths available to law school graduates.
CLEO (the Council on Legal Education Opportunity) is committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minority, low-income and disadvantaged groups. CLEO provides training and workshops to college students who are interested in attending law school and pursuing a career in the legal profession. Offerings include weekend, 4-week, and 6-week programs for students of different college years.
DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) DiscoverLaw.org PLUS programs are targeted, but not restricted, to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession. These four-week programs provide an intense focus on the skills required to succeed in law school, the law school admission process, and legal career opportunities. The programs are designed for students in the first two years of college, and preference will be given to students who sign up for DiscoverLaw.org.
Florida State College of Law Summer for Undergraduates Program The Summer for Undergraduates Program brings to campus undergraduate students from throughout the country for a month-long immersion into legal study. The largest and oldest of its kind, the primary goal of the program is to acquaint students with the study of law and to assist them in acquiring skills that will benefit their undergraduate and future law school studies.
UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program Six-week residential program held at the University of Houston Law Center, with internship locations within the Houston metro area and environs. The program is specifically designed to provide resources to undergraduate students who are first generation, low income, or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession who are interested in pursuing a career in law.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program The IIT Chicago-Kent Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars program (“PLUS”) is a three-week summer institute which will: (1) introduce participants to law school and the legal profession; (2) provide participants with substantive skills to strengthen their preparation for law school; and (3) educate and prepare participants for the law school application and admission process. The program is primarily directed at undergraduate college students from disadvantaged groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.
LAWbound An initiative of the LatinoJustice PRLDEF Education Division, LAWbound provides targeted services that address some of the most common barriers to admission to law school, and helps students effectively navigate the law school admissions process. The program is offered in the summer (August) as well as in the winter (January).
PLSI–Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives PLSI is an intensive two-month program which prepares American Indian and Alaska Native individuals for the rigors of law school by essentially replicating the first semester of law school. The course load consists of three substantive law courses, including Indian Law, Torts, and one other core curriculum subject which varies from year to year. Participants also will be enrolled in an advocacy/legal writing course in which they will prepare a complete appellate moot court case including the writing of a legal memorandum and brief, and presenting an oral argument at the end of the two months.
St. John’s University School of Law Prep Program for College Students The Prep Program aims to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds − often the first members of their family to attend college − to apply to law school and pursue the study and practice of law. Participants attend a nine-week summer program during which they take law school courses taught by St. John’s faculty, engage in internships with judges and lawyers in a variety of practice settings and receive ample guidance on the law school admissions process. Students who successfully complete the program for sophomores can apply to participate in the program for juniors the following summer, when they take a comprehensively designed LSAT prep course, attend motivational workshops and work with a legal writing professor to write their personal statements.
SEO Law Fellowship The SEO Law Fellowship provides academic and career development training to underrepresented students entering their first year of law school. The Fellowship starts in the summer prior to the Fellow’s law school matriculation and includes an academic and career development training program, a paid internship, tutoring sessions during the first year of law school, and access to the SEO alumni network for mentorship opportunities.
TRIALS Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools Trials is a five-week fully subsidized residential summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. The program is a partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. The location alternates between Boston and New York City from year to year.
GENERAL PRE-LAW SUMMER PROGRAMS – OPEN TO ALL
Cornell University Pre-Law Summer Program in New York City This intensive, six-week program taught in New York City features a four-credit course, “Introduction to the American Legal System,” taught using the Socratic method used at most U.S. law schools. The program also may include an internship placement at a law firm or in the legal department of a corporation, government agency, or nonprofit organization. The program is designed for undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year or higher by the summer of entry, and for college graduates who wish to gain an accurate, comprehensive understanding of America’s legal system.
Duke Law D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy The Duke D.C. Summer Institute offers short (two-week) courses taught by Duke Law faculty on topics of broad interest to college and graduate students, as well as professionals working in D.C. Launched in 2013, the Institute is designed for individuals considering law school or careers in the public sector and others interested in how the law shapes policy and regulation in the United States. Courses taught in the evening accommodate students and professionals as a complement to Capitol Hill and other D.C.-based positions and summer internships.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY STUDY ABROAD SUMMER TERM PROGRAMS WITH PRE-LAW COURSE CONTENT AND/OR PRE-LAW INTERNSHIP
Brussels Internship Program (Summer) The Brussels Internship Program offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks living, studying, and interning in the heart of Europe. Students are introduced to the city’s important place in European and world politics through coursework that focuses on the current challenges facing the EU. Field trips to political, governmental, and non-governmental organizations complement the coursework. Internship areas include economics, international relations and international organizations, politics and comparative law.
Dublin Internship Program (Summer) The Dublin Summer Internship Program offers eight weeks of coursework and participation in a professional internship in or near Dublin. Excursions to cultural and historical sites complement the coursework. Coursework is taught by local faculty at Dublin City University (DCU). Offerings include International Human Rights Law (CAS IR 306). Politics, International Relations, and Pre-Law internship possibilities include working with an NGO, the press, humanitarian organizations, a political party, or a local Dublin law firm specializing in civil, criminal, or corporate law. Past internship placements have included the Institute of European Affairs, Fine Gael, Amnesty International, The European Movement, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Fianna Fáil, Philip Lee & Associates, HSBC, Terence Lyons & Co Solicitors, and the Free Legal Advice Centre.
Geneva: Global Governance, Economic Development, and Human Rights (Summer) All students enroll in one required course: CAS IR 421/GRS IR 621: Global Governance, Economic Development, and Human Rights (4 credits) This course examines contemporary global governance structures and efforts with a particular focus on achieving economic development that is environmentally sound and socially inclusive. Students gain an in-depth understanding of the many different roles that states, inter-governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations play in global governance in the early parts of the 21st Century. The course is designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students who specialize in international relations, political science, public health, development and environmental studies, and other related fields.
London Internship Program (Summer) The London Internship Program offers 11 weeks of study and work in England’s fascinating, fast-paced, and sophisticated capital. Study the issues and institutions of British political culture and work in a political setting, including Parliament, party organizations, lobbying groups, or political public relations agencies; or, study the history and practice of the law in Great Britain and participate in the daily life of a British law firm or commercial legal department. Internship placements have included Labour and Conservative Party Headquarters, JD Spicer Zeb, Bark & Co, Powell Spencer & Partners Solicitors, Dow Jones & Company, MENCAP, IHS/Janes, Overseas Development Institute and Westminster Briefing.