The University of Houston System Board of Regents presented the Regents’ Academic Excellence Award to the University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program. The award recognizes University of Houston System institutions’ programs and initiatives that exemplify excellence in teaching, research and/or public service.
The UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program provides first generation, low-income or underrepresented groups with law school preparatory courses to increase the overall diversity of law school applicants. The participants of this program leave equipped with the tools to handle the demands of the LSAT and their potential law school careers.
“One of the Law Center’s primary goals is to inculcate in our students the tremendous power that their legal education can bring to their community, the nation and the world. As we teach our law students, part of the responsibility in acquiring the “Power of Legal Education” is to ensure equal access to justice for all” said Leonard Baynes, dean of the UH Law Center.
The intensive summer preparatory program session helps students develop their best law school application portfolios by helping them craft a personal and diversity statement as well as prepare for the LSAT. The program’s teaching faculty are recognized as leaders in their fields and are well-poised to prepare these graduates for future careers in law.
“I applaud the leadership of the UH Law Center to increase the diversity of our law school applicants,” said Paula Myrick Short, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “We have already seen success as a direct result of this program, and I know we will continue to see success in the future.”
(Written by Christine Klocke, director of marketing and communucation for UH Office of the Provost)