UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program

Programs

Program dates: May 29 – July 28, 2017

Currently, the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program offers two study tracks: Scholar I and Scholar II. Each track focuses on different developmental components to assist our students with creating portfolios that seek to make them attractive candidates for law school. Pipeline Program alums have been accepted to a number of law schools including: Brooklyn Law School,George Washington University Law School, Howard University School of Law, Oklahoma City University Law School, University of Houston Law Center, University of Miami School of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Additionally, the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program has a host of professional development workshops geared towards preparing its students for networking and internship opportunities and to improve overall the caliber of the student’s academic career. Included in these workshops are speaker sessions with members of the legal community, introductory legal research methods, and effective study and networking techniques. Please see below for an overview of each track’s curriculum.

The program is proud to have hosted students from the following institutions: Agnes Scott College ★ Barnard College at Columbia University ★ Clark Atlanta University ★ College of the Sequoias ★ Dillard University ★ Fisk University ★ Hampshire College ★ Houston Baptist University ★ Iowa State University ★ Jackson State University ★ John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY ★ Lamar University ★ Lycoming College ★ New York University ★ Prairie View A&M University ★ Spelman College ★ SUNY University at Buffalo ★ Texas A&M International University ★ Texas A&M University ★ Texas Southern University ★ Texas State University ★ University of Miami ★ University of North Texas ★ University of Houston ★ University of Houston-Downtown ★ University of Oklahoma ★ University of West Alabama ★ University of Texas At Rio Grande Valley

Scholar I Track (Rising Sophomores and Juniors)

Goals

The Scholar I track's goals include introducing to the law school experience and to the LSAT, and exposing them to legal internship opportunities.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Scholar I track, 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 have completed 45-75 college credits by June of the year that the student is applying for admission to the program.  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.

Curriculum

Accepted students are inducted into 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 two weeks of introductory law school classes taught by law school faculty, two weeks of logic-games intensive LSAT preparatory course, and four weeks of legal internships. The internship placement matching process is a complex one where we take into consideration student preference, student location, and internship placement criteria. While we strive to match our students with their top internship choices, we cannot guarantee that students will receive their top choice.

 

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 & Giuliani LLP
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chaumette, PLLC
  • Diggs Law Firm
  • Disability Rights Texas
  • ExxonMobil
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Harris County Court Systems
  • Human Rights First
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Neighborhood Centers Inc.
  • 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
  • Winstead PC 

Scholar II Track (Rising Seniors)

Goal

The Scholar II track’s goals focus on building a strong law school application by concentrating on LSAT test preparation, creating and finalizing the student’s resume, personal statement and/or diversity statement for submission to law school.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Scholar II track, 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 have completed over 85 college credits by June of the year that the student is applying for admission to the program. Priority will be given to eligible students who have successfully completed the Scholar I track as well as students who are rising seniors, or students who have completed their third year in college.

Curriculum

Accepted students will be immersed in an intensive eight-week LSAT Prep course so that they are better prepared to take the fall LSAT.  Students will also participate in resume, personal statement and diversity statement workshops. At the end of this program, students will have near-final personal statements and/or diversity statements, resumes, and a better understanding of the LSAT and law school admissions process.