UHLC PLUS Program Scholars discuss career, educational options with high school students from HBA's Communities in Schools Program

University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Paula Myrick Short, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Houston, hear from students about their interest in law school in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

Members of the University of Houston Law Center PLUS Program provided local high school students with tips on life as an undergraduate student and beyond at a recent panel discussion.

July 12, 2018 – Local high school students in the Houston Bar Association's Communities in Schools program recently visited the University of Houston Law Center to learn about life as a college student and how to prepare for applying to law school.

The HBA Communities in Schools program provides local high school students with legal field employment opportunities and enrichment activities to help further their knowledge of the practice of law.

The event featured a panel discussion with five students currently enrolled in the University of Houston Law Center PLUS Program who shared their undergraduate education experience thus far.

The visiting high school students asked questions about law school preparation, pre-law opportunities and how to fill the gap between scholarships, financial aid and other living expenses.

"Scholarships are very important no matter how much it's worth," said Slone, a psychology major at Prairie View A&M University. "Just apply for the scholarship because you might need it in the long run. Financial aid was a big help for me. Do not hesitate to apply for FAFSA as soon as you can."

Saira Terriquez-Carrilo, a political science and philosophy major at Idaho State University spoke about how she had a change of heart with her major and adjusted it to have more of a pre-law focus.

"I changed my mind the first month I got into college," she said. "I had taken all the classes in high school and felt like I had to be committed to pre-dental. I talked to my parents, friends and advisers about how I felt like law was calling my name instead. It was honestly like a legal faith. I changed my major, and it's been the best decision of my life."

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