June 18, 2012 – More than a dozen college students from the Houston area have come to the University of Houston Law Center to take part in the 2012 Summer Prelaw Institute. During the four-week session, participants will receive exposure to the legal profession and can earn six credit hours in logic, philosophy, legal reasoning, and written communication.
Open to college sophomores, the program includes coursework, skills training, and mentoring components. University of St. Thomas Journalism Professor and lawyer Nicole Casarez is directing the 2012 Institute with Dr. Paul Otremba, who leads the legal writing component.
The Institute prepares undergrads for the rigorous academic environment of law school, by introducing them to classic philosophical literature, contemporary case law, and other legal materials including statutes and regulations. Students also learn from Law Center professors in the classroom component, and in other ways through exercises, simulations, and courtroom visits.
Graduates of the program receive a $1000 scholarship and are eligible to participate in an intensive workshop in their second summer that will assist them in preparing law school applications. The Princeton Review has provided special LSAT preparation instruction for the program participants at a discounted rate. The initiative will also sponsor college days and other recruitment activities.
For more information about the Law Center’s Summer Prelaw Institute, click here.