Student Eligibility and Application Process
The PLUS program is for college students who will not have received their bachelor 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, or who have participated in any other PLUS Program are not eligible. 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 who would benefit the most from the PLUS experience.
Interested students must complete and upload the materials listed below by Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM, CST.
Note: Before beginning the online application process, we suggest that you order a copy of your undergraduate transcript. You will upload your transcript as part of the online application process. For additional information, see step 3 below.
You will provide all information and documents as part of the online application process. You can monitor your application status in the Application Portal. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to complete the application in the portal.
- Access the online application portal and click Sign Up to create an account.
- Follow the online instructions and sign in using your username and password.
- On the "Applications" screen, click Start a New Application.
- Under the heading "Start a New Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Application" (far right of the screen), click Start Application.
- Under the "New Application" heading, select the following drop down menu items:
- Level: Prelaw Undergraduate
- Degree: Prelaw Undergraduate
- Academic Major: Prelaw Undergraduate
- Term: PLUS Summer 2021
- Click Start Application to complete the application form and upload the required documents.
Your application should include a two to three page personal statement discussing why you would like to participate in this program. You may also include a statement discussing other circumstances in your background that you would like the committee to consider in reviewing your application.
Your statement must be saved in PDF format.
Letters of Recommendation
We require two letters of recommendation. We strongly recommend that at least one letter come from a college dean or professor. Letters of recommendation should discuss your academic potential, writing ability and professional promise. When filling out the application, please upload the letter(s) into your application. If your recommender prefers to send the letter directly, it should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are required to submit an official transcript from your current undergraduate institution verifying that you have at least a 2.5 (C+) grade point average and are currently in good standing. As part of the online application process, you will upload an electronic copy of your transcript.
All files must be in PDF format.
Click "Show More" below for instructions about how to upload documents.
How to Upload Documents
Please do not submit your official transcript via mail or email; all transcripts need to be uploaded electronically. Be sure your transcript is in PDF format. If there are multiple pages, merge all pages into one PDF file.
Scan a copy of your official and original paper transcripts, individual mark sheets, or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution's Registrar. Do NOT upload your institution's web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript (except for current Illinois Tech students).
If you receive transcripts or mark sheets from the school, we allow you to break the seal of the envelope to then scan and upload your documents. Domestic applicants may have a stamp on their transcripts that says "Issued to Student".
Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible. These include the institution's name, your name, and the names of your courses and the grades you have received. It is important that you scan both the front and back (if there is information on the back) of your documents: we will need to be able to review the information provided on the back of your documents concerning credit hours, the institution's grading scale, etc.
All files must be in PDF format.
All application material must be submitted on or before the application deadline. Failure to submit ALL material by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 5, 2021, may result in your application being removed from consideration.