Spend your summer getting ready for law school.

Pre-law summer programs support students in developing the skills required for law school and the admissions process. Below is a selection of programs for students from racial and ethnic groups and backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession. Be sure to pay special attention to application deadlines. 

LexScholars by AccessLex

LexScholars targets prospective law students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds who possess potential for law school success but may be unlikely to gain admission due to unfavorable LSAT scores and undergraduate grades. Participants will benefit from access to various resources, including LSAT preparation; law school admission counseling; financial education; and writing skills development. There are no costs associated with LexScholars.

LSAC's Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS)

LSAC’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) programs are targeted, but not restricted, to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession. The programs take place at multiple law schools and are designed for students in the first two years of college. The four-week programs provide an intense focus on the skills required to succeed in law school, the law school admission process, and legal career opportunities. 

CLEO (the Council on Legal Education Opportunity) Pre-Law Programs

CLEO is committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minoritzed, low-income, and disadvantaged groups. CLEO provides training and workshops to college students who are interested in attending law school and pursuing a career in the legal profession. Offerings include weekend, 4-week, and 6-week programs for students of different college years.

UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program

Six-week residential program held at the University of Houston Law Center, with internship locations within the Houston metro area. The program is specifically designed to provide resources to undergraduate students who are first generation, low income, or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession who are interested in pursuing a career in law.


An initiative of the LatinoJustice PRLDEF Education Division, LAWbound provides targeted services that address some of the most common barriers to admission to law school, and helps students effectively navigate the law school admissions process.

Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program

The Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program at Florida State University College of Law brings to campus undergraduate students from throughout the country for a month-long immersion into legal study. The largest and oldest of its kind, the primary goal of the program is to acquaint students with the study of law and to assist them in acquiring skills that will benefit their undergraduate and future law school studies.

TRIALS Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools

Trials is a five-week fully subsidized residential summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. The program is a partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. The location alternates between Boston and New York City from year to year.

PLSI Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives

PLSI is an intensive two-month program which prepares American Indian and Alaska Native individuals for the rigors of law school by essentially replicating the first semester of law school. The course load consists of three substantive law courses, including Indian Law, Torts, and one other core curriculum subject which varies from year to year. 

The University of Vermont Career Center Division of Student Affairs


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