As a result of Covid-19, we were forced to cancel our in-person Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program (PLUS). Covid-19 has devastated many lives and plans for the future. However, our commitment to offering pipeline programs designed to increase diversity in the legal profession remains unchanged and, indeed, strengthened. Therefore, we are offering a condensed three-day virtual prelaw experience to which all applicants have been invited to participate. A virtual forum will allow us to reach more students than ever. We are excited to launch this new experience. Click here to see the schedule.
Please check back for updates regarding the status of the 2021 in-person 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 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 undergraduate college students from groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.
The PLUS program is a free, three-week summer program that will:
- provide participants with a deeper understanding of legal education via the program's rigorous doctrinal and experiential skills-based curriculum;
- 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
- expose students to a wide range of career paths within the legal profession.
Students must attend all classes and participate in all program activities in order to be accepted and to receive a stipend. This is a full-time commitment. 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, which students may not have gained at this stage in their education/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.