June 2, 2017 — Forty-six undergraduate students are performing their due diligence as they consider their future educational opportunities in the third annual Pre-law Pipeline Program at the University of Houston Law Center. The number of students enrolled is a record in the program's brief history.
The eight-week, summer program is designed to give students a sense of what law school is like to see if it is the right fit for them. Like last year, the program offers students two tracks – Scholar I and Scholar II. Participants come from 15 universities around the country, with two previous Scholar I students returning to bolster their law school application in the Scholar II track.
Nineteen students are participating in the Scholar I track, which is designed for students in their first two years of college. The curriculum consists of three weeks of introductory law school classes taught by UHLC faculty, two weeks of LSAT preparation, and three weeks of internships.
Twenty-seven students are taking part in the Scholar II track designed for students in their third or fourth year of college who are preparing to apply to law school. The Scholar II track focuses on building a strong law school application. The curriculum consists of eight weeks of LSAT preparation, resume and personal statement workshops, and follow-up one-on-one sessions. It is recommended that students participate in both tracks to maximize their potential in the program.
During Wednesday's orientation, students heard from alumni of last year's program in panel discussions with Professor Meredith J. Duncan and Program Manager Kristen Guiseppi serving as moderators. The panels discussed what students should expect throughout the course of the program, offered advice on how to manage their time, and explained the Law Center's expectations of the students. The students lunched with Law Center faculty and staff members and attended a classroom etiquette and legal professional development session with Duncan and Kourtney James Perry, associate director for Career Development.
Students will have opportunities to network with their mentors at a mentoring reception and hear from members of the Houston legal community in the program's luncheon speaker series, which will feature six guests. They also will have a meet-and-greet with UH Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Paula Myrick Short as well as UH System Board of Regents member Paula Mendoza.