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Established in 2015 with a grant from the Law School Admission Council, HT/UT College to Career Law offers current students at the University of Texas at Austin and Huston-Tillotson University an opportunity to dive deep into what it takes to succeed in law school and the legal profession.
Formerly known as LSAC DiscoverLaw.org PLUS, HT/UT CtC Law is a collaboration between the University of Texas at Austin, Huston-Tillotson University, and Texas Law. College to Career (CtC) Law is housed in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, part of UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
HT/UT CtC Law exposes students to the knowledge and habits required of successful law students and lawyers in a range of legal fields. C2C Law is primarily intended for rising sophomores and juniors at UT and HT. HT/UT CtC Law is FREE for students selected to participate.
HT/UT CtC Law is comprised of two big pieces: a five-week summer experience, followed by a full year of enhancement experiences, including mentoring. For details, please see program highlights below.
The Summer 2018 experience runs 16 July to 15 August.
Move-in and orientation is on Sunday, 15 July.
The primary goal of HT/UT CtC Law is to increase the numbers of undergraduate students of color at the University of Texas at Austin and Huston-Tillotson University who apply to and are accepted into law school. Additional goals increase the college persistence and success rates of students at these two institutions.
- Free for students selected to participate
- Equal representation from both HT and UT-Austin students
- Open primarily to rising sophomores and juniors (at least 24 hours but no more than 60 hours of in-residence college credit by the end of Spring 2018)
- Open to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
- 5-week summer program
- Additional programming in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, including credit-bearing courses
Legal Curriculum Highlights
- Analytical Thinking
- Rhetoric and Logic
- Legal Research and Writing
- Oral Advocacy (with capstone event in front of a panel of legal professionals)
Law School 101 Highlights
- Law and Social Justice
- First-Year Law Classes (e.g., constitutional, contracts, criminal)
- Law School Applications
- Law School Admissions
- Service Learning (via clinic experience and mentoring)
- Soft and Hard Skills Practice (e.g., resumes, interviews, appropriate dress)
Students undertake a series of workshops that teach about the format, skills tested, purpose and use of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) as one part of law school application process. Students will learn about some methods of preparation, resources available, and have the opportunity to practice some LSAT items.
Learning Community Highlights
- Form small, supportive learning community with fellow participants and program staff
- Receive mentoring throughout college from law students, law faculty, and legal professionals
- Provide mentoring to younger students learning about the law in action
- Integrate, time management, financial management, study skills, and test-anxiety management classes into the curriculum
- Form and coach LSAT study groups
- Texas Law Admissions Office will coordinate a “mock admissions panel” for students to learn how applications are reviewed
Who is eligible to apply and participate?
The program is only open to students at the University of Texas and Huston-Tillotson University. The program is primarily intended for students who have completed at least 24 hours but no more than 60 hours in residence at their institution, though occasional exceptions are made. Additionally, eligible students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
How much does the program cost for participants?
There is no cost to participants. Meals and materials are provided, as well as a small stipend.
How much of a time commitment will the program require?
The program is designed to be rigorous and intensive. The summer experience runs Mondays through Fridays for five weeks, with occasional weekend events. Weekdays can range from eight to ten hours, with homework and other tasks in the evening. Participants are expected to take part in all seminars, workshops, activities, and assignments during the summer experience. Participants are expected to take part in all enrichment, mentoring, and related activities during the academic year.
Who should I ask to recommend me for this program?
You should choose recommenders who can talk about your interest in a career in law, your general academic strengths and leadership skills, and the your specific aptitude and potential to develop the skills and competencies necessary to succeed in law school and the legal profession.
What if I don’t know if I want to be a lawyer, but I’m interested in law as a field?
Not everyone with a law degree actually takes the Bar exam and becomes a practicing lawyer; the training and skill sets that getting a law degree provides are useful in a wide range of settings. If you have a serious interest in law as a field, you should consider applying. Be sure to indicate your interests in your application materials.
When do I apply?
The application will open Friday, 2 February 2018. Applications are due by 11:59PM CDT on Friday, 6 April 2018. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED.
When will I know whether or not I have been accepted?
Applicants will be notified in April, and participants are expected to attend a pre-orientation event in April 2018.
Is food provided during the summer?
Yes, food is provided in this program. You will receive a certain number of Dining Dollars to use at your discretion, for any meals you want. During certain events, such as socials and speaker panels, the program will also provide food.
Will I have free time during the summer program?
Students can expect to have limited downtime that they can make use of. It is up to them if they would like to use that time to get ahead in assignments or to engage in social activities.
What is the dress code?
The general dress code for the program is business casual. During certain occasions, we ask students to be in professionally dressed. We will notify students, in advance, of these occasions. Students with concerns about the appropriateness of their dress can work with staff to obtain appropriate items.
Will I have assignments outside of class?
Students will be assigned homework, including writing assignments, and it is up to them as to when they will do it. Students will have to plan their free time accordingly.
Can I bring my car, if so is parking provided?
Students are allowed to have their cars during the duration of the summer experience, but the program will not pay for parking. Students may purchase a parking permit during the summer, but be aware that permits are generally costly. Students are encouraged not to rely on cars during the summer.
Will I have the same access to UT resources if I am an HT student?
Once you are accepted into the program, you will receive an EID and a student identification card. These will give you access to all of the amenities that UT students have, including access to the library, free travel on public City of Austin transportation, and wifi.