Summer Prep Programs include the following:

  1. Undergraduate sophomores and juniors from underrepresented populations in the legal profession may learn more about preparing for a career in the law in a summer prep program. Many of these programs offer housing and stipends to participants. They are offered by a single law school; i.e., Florida State or University of Iowa (below) or a grouping of law schools, i.e., CLEO (below).
  2. Graduating college seniors may be "conditionally admitted" for fall but are required to complete a summer sequence of courses successfully for fall enrollment to occur; i.e., UD-Mercy (below).
  3. Graduating seniors are guaranteed fall admission but summer course attendance is a condition of admission; i.e., Ohio Northern (below).

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law is sponsoring a Pre-law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program from June 6 through July 1, 2011.   The deadline to submit the application is Friday, April 1, 2011.

The PLUS program is a unique and rigorous four-week experience for current college freshmen, sophomores or juniors interested in the legal profession.  Our goal is to provide students with a "taste" of the law school experience and introduce them to the admissions process.  Students will attend classes taught by Chicago-Kent law professors, recognized as some of the most productive and accomplished law professors in the nation. 

The program is designed to attract disadvantaged students and those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.  The program will cover the cost of tuition, room in a residence hall, and required course materials.  The program does not pay for any transportation expenses.

Please share this information with your students and have them download the application and informational brochure from our website at

Florida State University, College of Law

The program is designed to acquaint students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession with the study of law; to assist students in acquiring skills that will benefit undergraduate studies and future law school studies; and to encourage students to pursue careers in legal profession. Preference is given to freshmen and sophomores. The program is open to students in all majors. There is no tuition or room and board charge for this program. The Florida State University College of Law provides room and board in residence-hall accommodations, course materials, and a stipend to all participants. Students are responsible for their travel expenses to and from Tallahassee.

University of Iowa, Law School Preparation Program

This program seeks to support diversity in the legal profession by inspiring students from historically under-represented groups to become lawyers and by providing them with the skills and assistance that will strengthen their preparation for law school.  Participants will receive a generous stipend and other support.  Applicants should have sophomore or higher standing.

Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)

"CLEO is a nonprofit project of the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education, dedicated to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities for members of under-represented groups. The six-week pre-law summer institute is the core of the CLEO program and is held on law school campuses across the country."

University of Detroit Mercy

Each summer, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law operates a conditional admissions program also known as the Special Summer Program (SSP) for minority, disadvantaged, or disabled applicants who do not meet the minimum standards of the entering class, but who show potential for the study of law. Participants who satisfactorily demonstrate ability in the SSP are only eligible for admission to the J.D. or J.D./L.E.D. degree programs and not its Canadian and American Dual J.D. program.

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
Alternative Entry Plans
Cardozo offers a part-time day program that begins in May. It is part-time the first year and full-time the last two years.  Students may only submit one application per academic year and must select the May start over Septemeber and January.  The priority application deadline for September and May admissions is April 1.

Other Schools Offering a Summer Conditional Admission Program:

University of Baltimore

Michigan State University

Seattle University

Syracuse University

Thomas Cooley Law School