Are you considering law school in 1-2 years? Join this free, immersive program held in-person at Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Students take legal classes that mirror the 1L experience, get one-on-one application assistance from experienced admission officers, and meet practicing lawyers in and around the Boston area. You will meet lawyers who are using their law degrees to pursue work in diverse fields, both within and outside of the legal profession, such as judges, prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers, in-house lawyers at Fortune 500 companies, public interest lawyers, government lawyers, small business owners, sports agents, and real estate developers.

Suffolk Law’s two-week Summer Pre-law Pipeline Program is a part of Suffolk Law’s ongoing efforts to eliminate bias and enhance diversity in the legal profession and justice system by prioritizing educational and career pipelines to ensure equity for all students and attorneys. The Pipeline Program is free to attend and is designed to equip participants who come from diverse or nontraditional backgrounds with the tools they will need to prepare successful applications to law school and succeed once they are admitted.

The program will be held in-person June 6-17, 2022.

The focus of this in-person, two-week program is to:

  • Introduce you to the law school experience
  • Develop your personal and professional skills and confidence to prepare you for law school
  • Expose you to networking opportunities with lawyers who work in a range of fields
  • Help you build a strong law school application, including creating and finalizing your resume, drafting your personal and diversity statements, and discussing the timing for taking the LSAT or GRE

Eligibility

To be considered for this program students should be from diverse and nontraditional backgrounds including: first-generation college students, low income, or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession. Students must be enrolled in a four-year college or university program that leads to a bachelor’s degree. Students must also hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and be on track to graduate in the next two years.

Key Details

Program Dates

  • All programming will be in-person at Suffolk Law in Boston
  • The program will be held June 6-17, 2022
  • Most programming will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. however additional events may be held after 5 p.m. on a few nights
  • Nothing will be scheduled on Saturday, June 11 or Sunday, June 12

Deadline to Apply

Deadline to apply is March 1. Applications received after that date may be considered if space remains. Space is limited, so please apply early!

Curriculum

Mini 1L Courses

Summer Pipeline students will participate in two “mini-courses” taught by Suffolk Law professors that introduce the law school environment and first-year subjects. Students will attend approximately 30 hours of academic classes during the two-week program. One class will be in a 1L doctrinal class, for example torts or criminal law. The second will be a legal writing class. Faculty will design the courses to be engaging, interactive, and relevant. For example, in a criminal law class, the professor might start a class discussion about a legal matter impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement or refer to Supreme Court cases that were recently in the news.

The Summer Pipeline mini-courses are not for credit. We do not expect Summer Pipeline students to learn in two weeks what law school students learn in a full semester. However, you will learn skills and content in these classes designed to help you succeed in law school.

Extracurricular Activities

Guest speakers and seminars will supplement the mini-courses to expand participants’ understanding of the law and provide examples of how attorneys use their skills and knowledge in various legal arenas. For example, students may attend a workshop on developing legal apps to help people without lawyers avoid evictions. Students also will visit Massachusetts courts and meet members of Boston’s legal community.

Intensive Application Workshop

Students will join an interactive application workshop led by the Suffolk Law Office of Admission. Veteran admission officers will lead interactive classes about law school applications, writing personal statements, and reviewing the applications of students. Students also will have access to one-on-one application workshops with law school faculty and admission officers.

How to Apply

Apply online now. In addition to the e-application, you also will need to submit via email:

  • A resume
  • Your most recent undergraduate unofficial transcript (in PDF form)
  • A writing sample
    • A document that showcases your best writing skills (which may be a class assignment in which a grade B or better was received)
  • A personal statement that explains your answers to two questions:
    • Why are you interested in becoming a lawyer?
    • How do you think this program will help you achieve your career goals?
  • At least one (1) letter of recommendation (no more than 3)
    All letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the Law Admission Office from the professional work email address of the recommenders

Your application is not considered complete until all parts are received by the Admission Office. Again, applications received after March 1 will only be considered if spaces remain in the program.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Law Admission by email with any additional questions.