What are the primary goals of the program?
Since its inception, the program has remained focused on three main goals: (1) to familiarize prospective law students with the application process and admissions requirements; (2) to provide participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in a demanding law school environment and learn the skills necessary to succeed in that environment; and (3) to expose the students to the variety of career opportunities afforded by the juris doctor degree.
Where can I get an application, and when can I apply?
The online application for the 2023 Summer Program is available from October 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Applicants can submit all necessary documents online using this method. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Friday, March 31, 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
What must I include with my application?
In addition to a completed application, applicants are required to submit a resume, a response to an essay prompt and a current official or unofficial transcript.
Must I submit all the required documents online, or can some pieces be sent separately?
To ensure a timely delivery, we strongly suggest that you submit all of your material together with your online application. The electronic application format allows you to upload a resume, essay response and a current transcript.
Who is eligible to participate in the program?
College students enrolled at two- and four-year institutions, in all majors and from all backgrounds, are invited to apply following their freshman year. Because one purpose of the program is to help students direct their remaining time in college to best prepare for law school, freshmen, sophomores and juniors are given preference in the admissions process. The program is open to all students who will not have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the program.
Are you looking for anything specific with regard to the resume?
The resume is reviewed for a demonstrable interest in law, extracurricular activities, community service, well-roundedness and leadership abilities.
Can I continue to work and/or take classes while participating in the summer program?
During the program, you may not be enrolled in summer classes or involved in outside work. You are expected to attend, and to participate in, all scheduled classes and activities. Students who miss more than three sessions without prior excuse will be dismissed from the program and will forfeit their stipend.
What is the time commitment of the program?
The program will take place daily, Monday-Friday, from approximately 9 AM – 4 PM. There may be occasional mandatory evening and/or weekend sessions.
Housing, Meals & Stipends
Will each participant receive housing and meals during the program?
On-campus dormitory housing is provided at no cost, and each participant will receive a meal card for the duration of the four-week program. Participants will be responsible for their personal transportation to and from Tallahassee. While on campus housing is not a requirement for each participant, it is strongly encouraged.
When do participants receive stipends during the program?
Each participant will receive a $500 stipend at the end of the third week of the program.