Summer Pre-Law Programs
Summer pre-law programs are an excellent opportunity for undergrads to learn more about law school! Some are paid and other programs have fees and a cost for students to attend. These programs are a different way to explore being pre-law during the summer months. These programs are a great addition to a resume, but are in no way mandatory for a pre-law student.
Some universities offer pre-law programs on their campuses. This is a way for you to learn more about law school, visit a law school and campus, and learn more about law school in a structured setting. If you are considering attending law school at any of the schools below, these summer pre-law programs are an excellent way to get your foot in the door and experience what your life could be like there throughout law school.
Here is information about three pre-law summer programs; there are many other programs in addition to these three. The lengths of the programs vary from school to school. The program at Chicago-Kent takes place over a few weeks in June, Penn State’s program takes place over one weekend in May, and Saint Louis University’s program runs for a few weeks in June.
Program: Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program
Dates: Sunday, June 4, to Friday, June 23, 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Program Information: The PLUS program is a free, three-week summer program that will: provide participants with a deeper understanding of legal education via the program’s rigorous doctrinal and experiential skills-based curriculum; help participants develop essential core competencies needed to succeed in the law school application and admissions process, as well as insight into navigating the process; and expose students to a wide range of career paths within the legal profession.
Students must attend all classes and participate in all program activities in order to be accepted and to receive a stipend. This is a full-time commitment. Therefore, students must be available during the day and some evenings, and have no outside commitments that would prevent them from giving the program their full attention. Students must agree to provide PLUS administrators with education and career updates after completion of the program.
Program: Explore Law
Dates: May 15 – 17, 2017
Location: University Park, PA
Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
Program Information: Explore Law, a tuition-free, residency program held at Penn State Law in University Park, Pa., available to any undergraduate student–regardless of location, major, or residence–who is interested in learning more about law school. Explore Law will give you the opportunity to learn about multiple fields of law and myriad law careers from law professors, judges, and practicing attorneys. The program will help prepare you with detailed information on the admissions process, how to write an excellent personal statement on your law school application, and how to finance your degree. Explore Law is designed exclusively to mentor and build relationships with all students who may be interested in studying law.
Saint Louis University
Program: DiscoverLaw.org Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program
Dates: Sunday, June 4, 2017 to Saturday, July 1, 2017
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
Program Information: The DiscoverLaw.org Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program is held at Saint Louis University School of Law is aimed to recognize and reward students for their demonstrated interest in community service and social justice and provide them the best opportunity to successfully enter the legal profession. This four-week summer immersion program will: Introduce students to the essential skills and competencies of a law student and legal professional; assist them in gaining a broader appreciation for the practice of law and how to navigate a path to law school; inspire them by demonstrating how lawyers can use their skills and training to serve their community and bring about social change
Discoverlaw.org offers similar programs at the University of Maine, University of Texas, and University of Wisconsin. For more information: http://www.discoverlaw.org/diversity/plus.asp
To reiterate, these programs are completely optional. They provide another way to gain exposure to law schools and learn more about those schools. Most of these programs are encouraged for freshman and sophomores, but some programs are open to juniors and seniors, too. Summer break is a great time to expand your resume. Also, consider other opportunities like an internship, taking a summer class, studying for the LSAT, or working on your applications!
Check out our Compass page for more information in the “Summer Pre-Law Programs” folder.