Univ  ersity of Houston Law Center

LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program

Program dates: May 28 – July 27, 2019

LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program is targeted, but not restricted, to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession. The PLUS program is generously funded by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), and is designed for students in the first two years of college, and preference will be given to students who have joined DiscoverLaw.org. As a program participant, you will be eligible to receive tuition, free room and board for the duration of the program, and a $1,000 stipend at the conclusion of the program. You will also receive a fee waiver from the Law School Admissions Council for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service.

Students

Goals

The PLUS program's goals include introducing students to the law school experience, developing their personal and professional skills, and exposing them to legal internship and networking opportunities.

Eligibility

To be considered for the DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program, students should be first-generation college students, low income, or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession. Students must hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and must be in their first two years of college with at least two years left to graduate.   Students attending community college must show proof of college continuance by providing a copy of the acceptance letter from the 4-year institution they will be attending in the Fall. Preference will be given to students who have joined DiscoverLaw.org. Please refer to the application page for more information.

Curriculum

Accepted students will be immersed in a rigorous eight-week program where they will be able to receive the necessary skills to prepare them for their journey toward law school. These students will participate in five weeks of instruction including introductory law school classes, legal writing, and trial advocacy, taught by law school faculty, and three weeks of legal internships.

Introductory Law School classes offered have included: Internship Placements have included:
• Business Organizations
• Children and the Law
• Civil Procedure
• Constitutional Law
• Consumer Law
• Contracts
• Criminal Law
• Criminal Practice
• Death Penalty Law
• Employment Discrimination
• Environmental Law
• Family Law
• Federal Income Tax
• Immigration Law and Policy
• Intellectual Property Topics
• Law and Economics
• Legal Writing
• Professional Responsibility
• Property
• Sex Discrimination
• Torts
• Trust and Wills
• Atlas, Hall and Rodriguez
• Bracewell LLP
• Catholic Charities
• Chaumette, PLLC
• Diggs Law Firm
• Disability Rights Texas
• ExxonMobil
• Greenberg Traurig LLP
• Harris County Court Systems
• Jackson Walker LLP
• Lone Star Legal Aid
• Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Centers
• Harris County District Attorney's Office
• Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan's Office
• Texas Civil Rights Project - Houston
• The Law Office of Tanika J. Solomon
• The Putman Firm
• Vinson and Elkins LLP
• Winstead PC 

Students Once accepted, a non-refundable seat deposit of $200 will be required to secure your seat. All PLUS Scholars will be required to reside on-campus to ensure that they are fully immersed, focused, and committed to the entire program experience. The PLUS Program is pleased to provide suite-style, on-campus housing with a meal plan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), the costs of which are fully subsidized by the Law School Admission Council. PLUS Scholars, who may elect to reside on-campus for 5 weeks or for 8 weeks, are matched to a roommate using a roommate compatibility questionnaire.

Fees and Financial Aid

Students participating in the LSAC DiscoverLaw.org Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program will have the option to reside on campus, with a meal plan, for the duration of the Program at no cost to the participant. As a program participant, you will be eligible to receive tuition, free room and board for the duration of the program, and a $1,000 stipend. You will also receive a fee waiver from the Law School Admissions Council for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service. Preference will be given to students who have joined DiscoverLaw.org.

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