Pre Law Programs

A legal education can open the door to a wide range of career opportunities. The below pre-law programs can provide aspiring lawyers insight into what to expect in law school.

  • Catalyst by SEO Law — Provides free resources to underrepresented students applying to law school, including a four-month Spring LSAT Program, a five-month Summer/Fall Admissions Consulting Program (including workshops and customized review and guidance in the preparation of application materials), discussions with law school admission officers, and attorney mentorship. There is no cost to apply or participate in the program.



  • Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program– This program brings undergraduate students from throughout the country together in-person 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. The program has been twice honored to receive the American Bar Association’s Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity. The award is given to organizations or individuals who have shown innovation and leadership in diversifying the educational pipeline to the legal profession.


  • Barnes & Thornburg Prelaw Scholars Program -Students who are interested in law school apply to be a Prelaw Scholar. Barnes & Thornburg cover the cost of taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the LSAT prep course.  After you have successfully taken the LSAT, they help you offset the cost of your applications to law schools by providing funds for a credential assembly service to help you gather, organize, and present application materials. The program also provides attorney mentors to help guide you through law school.


  • Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program -The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program aims to increase diversity in law schools and, eventually, in the legal profession by subsidizing the LSAT preparatory course and law school application expenses of diverse, high-performing college students who have difficulty paying the expenses associated with applying to law school.


  • Trials – Trials is a unique partnership of Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. It is a fully subsidized summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. For five weeks in the summer, Trials students take residence at Harvard or New York University. The residency alternates from year to year.
  • LAWbound– In June of 2005, LatinoJustice PRLDEF launched a new initiative called LAWbound®, a project whose aim was to increase the number of Latinos who successfully stay on the path to law school. With the support of the Office of Diversity Initiatives of the Law School Admission Council, LAWbound® builds upon our current pre-law programming and identifies Latino students early in their college career. The program 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, and, in turn, underwrite their own success.


  • King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP)Established in 2001, the King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) is a unique initiative that helps college students from underrepresented communities prepare for the law school admissions process.  In addition to providing mentoring and pre-law advising during the school year, the program hosts eligible college juniors and seniors for a series of weekend sessions in which students gain valuable knowledge about the law school admission process, learn writing, analytical, and logical reasoning skills, develop study techniques for taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and explore career paths available to law school graduates.
  • University of Houston Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline ProgramThe University of Houston Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline Program is a preparatory program 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. Two programs are available.


  • Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars (MPLS) ProgramMinnesota Pre-Law Scholars (MPLS) is a program that offers a select number of students a free LSAT prep class each summer at the University of Minnesota Law School. Admission is highly selective and based on a holistic review of the MPLS application material. MPLS is an approved event.


  • Chicago-Kent Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program – The Chicago-Kent Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program (“PLUS”) offers a unique and unforgettable experience for college students who are interested in the legal profession. This rigorous three-week summer program is designed to prepare students for law school or a career in the legal profession by helping them to develop essential core competencies needed to succeed in these areas. The program targets undergraduates from groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.


  • LSAC PLUS Online at the University of Memphis School of Law – The Law School Admissions Council Prelaw Undergrad Scholars (PLUS) Program at the University of Memphis School of Law invites currently enrolled college freshmen and sophomores from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds to join us this summer for a first-hand introduction to the legal field through LSAC PLUS Online.


  • Eversheds Sutherland Scholars – Established in 2005, Eversheds Sutherland Scholars is an intensive three-week summer program for recent college graduates headed to law school or rising college seniors from a variety of personal and cultural backgrounds. The program is offered at no cost and is designed to introduce students to the rigors of law school. Scholars are exposed to topics such as how to navigate the law school admission process, what to expect during the first year of law school, and getting a job upon graduation. The program engages a law instructor to teach introductory courses in Contracts and Torts (with exams) and provides the scholars with a chance to hear from and visit with a variety of legal professionals. The program also includes a modest stipend.