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UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy 2007

Submit applications for law school prep academy

By Richard Gambitta
Director and Associate Professor, UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs

(Feb. 20, 2008)--The UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs is accepting applications for the 2008 UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA). The application deadline is March 26.

The lauded SLSPA is a premier pre-law program designed to increase the number of Texas students who gain admission to and excel in quality law schools. If you are interested in attending law school, this program is for you.

The SLSPA program offers a variety of rigorous undergraduate courses to prepare students for law school and the LSAT. In partnership with the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, award-winning UTSA faculty members have designed courses that attempt to hone students' analytical, critical-reading and writing skills. SLSPA students attend seminars presented by law school deans and directors of admissions from every law school in Texas and many from across the country.

Experts discuss ways to build a successful law school application and how to write a personal statement, apply for scholarships and secure financial aid. Distinguished law school professors present seminars for SLSPA students to illuminate the substance and culture of law school classes.

The institute confers the UTSA Certificate in Legal Reasoning on students completing 12 hours of designated coursework. Normally, students apply at the end of their sophomore year taking the SLSPA's two phases across two summers, but the program can be completed in one summer under special circumstances. Enrollment is by admission only.

Stipends are awarded to the majority of students admitted to the program. Over the last three years, SLSPA students have been accepted into more than 60 law schools across the country.

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For more information, contact Anthony Arriaga at (210) 458-2992 or Richard Gambitta at (210) 458-5608.

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