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          2019 PreLaw Pipeline Class

        In June, the University of Houston Law Center welcomed 42   school class instruction taught by Law Center faculty, legal writing and
        undergraduate students from 28 colleges across the nation to its Pre-  research training, and trial advocacy sessions. Each scholar then has a
        Law Pipeline Program.                                      three-week internship with a variety of law firms and legal organizations
        The eight-week summer course is designed to increase diversity among   in the area.
        law school applicants and to provide students from low-income and   Scholar II students study a comprehensive LSAT-focused curriculum
        underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to consider a legal   to develop a strong foundation of LSAT basics, and build upon it
        education. The program divides students into two tracks — Law School   throughout the remainder of the program. They also participate in one-
        Admission Council’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program   on-one personal statement, diversity statement and resume workshops.
        and Scholar II.                                            “This year, we had our largest applicant pool making the admission
        The program, in its fifth year as of last summer, began with generous   process exceedingly competitive,” Program Director Kristen Guiseppi
        financial support from Paula Myrick Short, UH senior vice president for   said. “Every year, our students demonstrate the ability to adapt to the
        academic affairs and provost. The program has produced 46 students   program’s rigorous, fast-paced curriculum and this year is no different.
        who have been accepted to law schools throughout the nation, said Dean   Our scholars are committed, invested, and eager to soak up all of the
        Leonard M. Baynes, who established the program.            information and knowledge shared by our teaching faculty, mentors, law
        Students in the PLUS Program start with five weeks of classroom   school students, practicing attorneys, and other members of the legal
        instruction including three weeks of first, second and third-year law   community.”

        ABA HONORS PRE-LAW                                         work of the pipeline program,” Dean Leonard M. Baynes said. “Our
                                                                   efforts have achieved phenomenal results with median LSAT increase of
        PROGRAM                                                    12 points, and the vast majority of the participants go off to law school.
                                                                   It feels great to be recognized for our effort.”
        The University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program   The Pipeline Program, which welcomed its fifth class over the summer,
        was honored by the American Bar Association’s Council for Diversity in   was established by Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Program
        the Education Pipeline for its efforts on behalf of diversity in the legal   Director Kristen Guiseppi. Professor Meredith J. Duncan, Assistant
        profession.                                                Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Metropolitan Programs, oversees the
        The Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for   program.
        Excellence in Pipeline Diversity was presented at the ABA Midyear   The eight-week summer course is designed to increase diversity among
        Meeting in Las Vegas.                                      law school applicants.
        “This Award provides the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval to the

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