July 5 – July 30, 2015
The University of Arkansas School of Law welcomes you to the LSAC DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program.
LSAC’s DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program is an immersive four-week (July 5 – July 30, 2015) summer program for up to 20 students entering their sophomore or junior year in fall 2015. The program focuses on the inclusion of the following groups:
- students from colleges or universities with historical or significant populations of African American, Asian American, Latino, and American Indian students;
- who are the first generation in their family to attend college;
- who experience significant financial challenges; and
- student populations which are historically underrepresented in law school.
LSAC’s DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program at the University of Arkansas is sponsored by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Preference will be given to students who are DiscoverLaw.org registrants.
Courses and Professional Development
The LSAC DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program at the University of Arkansas includes academics, professional development, guest speakers, and field trips.
The academic program, while embracing subject matter areas geared at preparing the participants for the LSAT, will be primarily focused at providing skills that will assist the students in improving their performance in their undergraduate work across several disciplines.
The academic program will consist of three courses, offered in the morning sessions:
- Legal Systems and Process
- Legal Research and Writing
- Oral Advocacy
The afternoon sessions will be reserved for the professional development program. In addition to field trips and other formal mentoring programs with the local bar and community members, a key component to the professional development program will be providing exposure to a diversity of settings that first-generation students often lack during their early-undergraduate careers. Students will spend time with attorneys in an office setting and at court hearings.
There will be informal casual gatherings where the students will interact with the local bar, and the program will include financial counseling, time management and study skills courses, dinner etiquette training, counseling on appropriate attire, and a host of workshops aimed at improving daily and professional communication and listening skills.
Instruction and room and board will be provided free-of-charge. Participants will be housed in on-campus, community-style residential halls, and will have access to campus dining facilities. Two resident assistants will provide support and mentorship to participants.
Participants also will receive a stipend (amount TBD) and, if need requirements are met, financial assistance for travel to and from the program (amount and application process for travel assistance will be added soon).
The School of Law will collaborate with students’ home institutions for possible course credit. Course credit would be limited to a single course (additional costs may apply) and would not correspond with the stipend. The participant’s stipend is based on 20 hours of work per week and will set off loss of income from their inability to have a summer job while they are participating in the program.
To be considered for the 2015 LSAC DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program, you must submit the following application components by mail as one packet postmarked by Wednesday, April 15, 2015:
- Completed Application Form
- Personal Essay (500-word maximum)
- Current Transcript (official or unofficial acceptable)
- Two Letters of Recommendation (signed and sealed in envelopes or sent separately by the recommender)
Please Note: Letters of recommendation may be sent directly by the recommender to email@example.com or to the address listed below.
Please send completed application packet to:
LSAC’s DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program
University of Arkansas School of Law
1045 W. Maple St.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
If you need assistance, please contact Kalesha McGraw at (479) 575-7645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the School of Law
The University of Arkansas School of Law has a history of inclusion and forward thinking. In 1948, the University of Arkansas was the first major Southern public university to admit a black student in modern times when Silas Hunt enrolled in the School of Law. The School of Law honors Hunt and the five other black students who first enrolled as its “Six Pioneers.” The University also offers more than 50 Silas Hunt Distinguished Scholarships annually to students from under-represented communities who have demonstrated outstanding academic leadership qualities and potential.
The Dean of the School of Law, Stacy Leeds, is the first American Indian woman to serve as dean of a law school. Dean Leeds’ predecessor, Dean Cynthia Nance, was both the first woman and first African American woman to serve as a dean of a school or college at the University of Arkansas.
About the University of Arkansas
Founded in 1871 as a land-grant college and state university, the University of Arkansas established its campus on a hilltop overlooking the Ozark Mountains. There were few facilities and little money that first academic year, but the eight students and three faculty members who gathered for classes in 1872 showed the same dedication to learning and commitment to excellence that has carried the University of Arkansas into the 21st century.
More than 140 years later, the university’s enrollment is more than 26,000 and its students represent all 50 states and 120 countries. The university is the state’s foremost partner and resource for education and economic development. It serves as the major provider of graduate-level instruction in Arkansas. And its public service activities reach every county in Arkansas, throughout the nation, and around the world.
You can find out much more about the University through the University of Arkansas website.
Kalesha M. McGraw
DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program, Director of Admissions
University of Arkansas School of Law