The University of Alabama Pre-law Undergraduate Scholars program (“PLUS”) offers a unique and unforgettable experience for college students who are interested in the legal profession. This rigorous four-week 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 is primarily directed at undergraduate college students from groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.
The PLUS program is a free four-week paid summer program sponsored by the Law School Admission Council. The program will (1) provide participants with a deeper understanding of legal education via the program’s rigorous doctrinal and experiential skills-based curriculum; (2) help participants develop essential core competencies needed to succeed in the law school application and admissions process, as well as insight into navigating the process; and (3) expose students to a wide range of career paths within the legal profession.
During the four-week program, The University of Alabama PLUS Scholars will be enrolled in several core courses which combine lecture, guest speakers and visits to law offices and courts. Students will also network with practicing lawyers, judicial representatives and law school admissions and career counselors. The rigorous curriculum, application and admissions training, and professional and personal development opportunities will help position students from diverse groups to compete for admissions to, enroll in, and thrive during law school.
All courses are taught by a highly skilled staff, including Alabama Law faculty and staff, practicing attorneys, judges, and upper-level law students.
All Scholars will be eligible to receive a $1,000 stipend. This stipend will be paid out in installments throughout the duration of the program. To remain eligible to receive all stipend payments, Scholars must attend required program classes and events, and must comply with all relevant campus housing and PLUS Program policies.
Students participating in the Scholars Program will be provided dormitory housing. All students participating in the program are expected to live in the residence halls.
This program targets college students who have just completed either their first or second year with at least a 2.5 GPA. All interested students currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program are encouraged to apply. Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for the program. To apply, interested students must submit the following materials, which must be received by the Thursday, March 31, 2018 deadline:
1. Completed application form. (available soon) Please type or print legibly.
2. Resume. Please attach a résumé that includes any scholastic honors and awards that you have received. Also highlight significant extracurricular and community activities in which you have been involved.
3. Official or unofficial undergraduate transcript. You are required to submit a transcript from your current undergraduate institution verifying that you have at least a 2.5 grade point average and are currently in good standing.
4. Letter of recommendation. Students will be required to submit one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should discuss your academic potential, writing ability, and professional promise.
All application materials should be received by UA Law on or before the application deadline.