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Alabama Law Summer Scholars Application

The Alabama Law Summer Scholars Program is open to individuals who have completed at least one semester in an undergraduate program by June 1, 2022, and who will be enrolled in an undergraduate program during the 2022-23 academic year.  While all undergraduate students are encouraged to apply, the Program’s focus is on students from groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Thank you to all who submitted applications for the 2022 program. Information about a 2023 program will be posted here in spring 2023.

More information about the Summer Scholars Program including program details is available here.  Questions about the Alabama Law Summer Scholars Program or the Summer Scholars application should be emailed to summerscholars@law.ua.edu.

The Alabama Law Summer Scholars Program is scheduled to take place in person on the campus of The University of Alabama May 31 through June 30, 2022.  Individuals who, because of prior commitments, know they will be unable to participate during this time should not submit an application.

Before you submit your application, we encourage you to read the following application information. It contains important notes about what you must submit and gives helpful tips for your application.


Application Information

In the application, you will be asked to submit the following information.  We recommend reading through this information, reading the application itself, and preparing your essays and uploads before you start to fill out the application.  This will make filling out the application a lot easier and will help in case you are not able to save and return to the application later.

  • Personal Information
    • This includes questions about your contact information and background
  • Academic Information
    • This includes questions about your undergraduate studies
    • You will be required to upload an official or unofficial copy of your transcript
      • Many institutions allow you to access your transcript online. To create an unofficial transcript, you may print to PDF or take a screen shot of that online transcript.
  • Disciplinary or Criminal History
    • This is very similar to a section of questions you will find on law school applications and is designed to get an idea of an individual’s character and fitness to be a member of the law school’s community
    • It is important to note that a criminal or disciplinary history is not an absolute bar to admission and only relevant matters will be taken into account for admission.
    • Depending on your response to these questions, you may need to upload a statement providing details about your answer
  • Essays
    • You will be required to submit two essays that are 250-750 characters in length
    • Essay 1: Tell us about why you are interested in attending the Alabama Law Summer Scholars Program. Your answer can include why you are interested in potentially attending law school.
    • Essay 2: While any undergraduate students may apply and be admitted, the Alabama Law Summer Scholars Program is designed especially for undergraduate students who will bring diversity to the study and practice of law. Diversity is expressed in many forms and represented in many aspects of a person’s life. Please provide a brief essay explaining your experiences with and commitment to diversity.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    • A letter of recommendation is an optional part of the application
    • If you choose to solicit a letter of recommendation, it should be sent directly by the letter-writer to the Program via email at summerscholars@law.ua.edu
    • We recommend that you communicate with the letter-writer to tell them about the Program and why you are interested in it. Be sure to highlight details and deadlines for the letter.  You should tell the letter-writer what types of information the letter should cover:
      • The letter of recommendation should speak to your professional promise and tell us what we need to know about you that is not present elsewhere in your application. For example, a letter of recommendation can discuss your work ethic, your written and oral communication skills, your critical thinking abilities, your intellectual development, and/or various aspects of your participation in academic or work settings.
  • Resume
    • You will be required to upload a copy of your resume
    • Your resume should be 1-2 pages
    • On your resume, be sure to include:
      • Extracurricular activities
      • Community activities
      • Work experience
      • Scholastic/academic honors and awards