Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program
2021 PLUS Program
Application deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have reached the decision to cancel the in-person Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program (PLUS) and host a 100% virtual experience between June 1 and June 18, 2021.
Through the challenges of the past year, our commitment to offering pipeline programs designed to increase diversity in the legal profession has remained unchanged and, indeed, been strengthened. We thank you for your interest.
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.
The goals of the PLUS Program are three-fold:
- provide participants with a deeper understanding of legal education via the program's rigorous doctrinal and experiential skills-based curriculum;
- introduce students to the components of a competitive law school application and how to navigate the admissions process; and
- expose students to a wide range of career paths within the legal profession.
The PLUS Program is free to participants. This is a full-time commitment; participants must attend all classes and participate in all program activities. Therefore, students MUST be available during the day and some evenings and have no outside commitments that would prevent them from giving the program their full attention and daily attendance. Students must also agree to provide PLUS administrators with education and career updates after completion of the program.
The PLUS Program is for college students who will not have received their bachelor's degree by the start of the program; however, preference is given to those who will have completed their first or second year. Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree are not eligible for the program.
Because the PLUS Program is primarily designed to provide exposure to law school, the legal profession, and general professionalism and work skills that students may not have gained at this stage in their educational career, preference will be given to those students who would benefit the most from the PLUS experience.
The PLUS Program is sponsored by Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech. Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology. The second-oldest law school in Illinois, Chicago-Kent has a history marked by innovation and excellence. Chicago-Kent is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and the Order of the Coif.