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Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars (MPLS) Program

The University of Minnesota Law School is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for prospective students to learn about the law school admissions process and prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The MPLS Program aims to better prepare historically underrepresented students for the LSAT exam and the law school admissions process.

Program Overview and Eligibility
College students considering law school, especially rising-seniors and those from groups historically underrepresented in law school are encouraged to apply. The program is open to undergraduate students and recent graduates from any undergraduate institution.

Students will learn about law school admissions preparation from Minnesota Law School staff. The remaining portion of class will be taught by a Kaplan instructor and will be dedicated to LSAT preparation and practice exams.

Although this program comes at no cost to its participants, participants will be asked to submit a $100 seat deposit which is fully refundable upon successful completion of the program. Please note that room and board are not included, and students are responsible for their own accommodations. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Success in this program is largely dependent on outside study, and students are expected to study 15–20 hours a week outside of class.

Admission to the program is limited to approximately 25 participants and is competitive based on a holistic assessment of the application material. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Participants will be asked to complete evaluations and surveys at the end of the program and at several points in the future.

All classes will be held at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Class Structure
Class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 2, 2015 – August 13, 2015. The first portion of classes that begin at 3:00 p.m. will cover law school and admissions exploration information. You will be required to complete several assignments over the summer which have been designed to assist you with the law school admissions process. A Kaplan instructor will teach the LSAT preparation portion of the program.

Other than the refundable seat deposit, there is no cost to participate in the program. All Kaplan books and study materials will be provided. This includes access to more than 5,400 practice tests, a personalized website that analyzes your progress, and 7-day/week Kaplan support.

Attendance is mandatory and will be taken at each session.

Tentative 2015 Program Schedule
Tuesday, June 2: 3-8 p.m.
Thursday, June 4: 4-8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 9: 3-8 p.m.
Thursday, June 11: 4–8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 16: 3-8 p.m.
Thursday, June 18: 3-8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 23: 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, June 25: 3-8 p.m.
Friday, June 26: 12-3:30 p.m. (Visit to law firm)
Tuesday, June 30: (Take-at-Home Practice Test)
Tuesday, July 7: 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, July 9: 12-4 p.m. (Individual Appointments)
Tuesday, July 14: 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, July 16: 12-4 p.m. (Individual Appointments)
Tuesday, July 21: 4–8 p.m.
Thursday, July 23: 3–8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 28: 4–8 p.m.
Thursday, July 30: 3–8 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4: (Take-at-Home Practice Test)
Thursday, August 6: 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Kaplan Office Hours)
Tuesday, August 11: 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, August 13: 4-6 p.m.

Seat Deposit
Students who are accepted into the program are required to submit a $100 seat deposit no later than 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. This seat deposit must come in the form of a check. The deposit is fully refundable (check to be mailed in September) upon successful completion of this program. Successful completion is defined as:

  1. Being present at orientation on June 2
  2. Missing no more than two classes/practice exams
  3. Making up a missed class or practice exam within one week of the original date
  4. Attending one scheduled individual appointment with staff during the summer
  5. Completing all Kaplan homework by the due date, with the exception of two assignments (must be made up within one week of original due date)
  6. Completing assignments as assigned by staff on time, with the exception of one assignment (must be completed within one week of original due date)
  7. Arriving to class on time, with two exceptions (anytime later than  20 minutes will be defined as an absence)
  8. Reporting all practice test scores to Kaplan and the Admissions Office

Success in this program is largely dependent on being prepared and present in class. These guidelines have been established to help ensure your success.

Application Timeline (for Summer 2015)

  • January 2015MPLS application available
  • May 1, 2015 – MPLS applications due
  • May 8, 2015 – Decisions will be emailed to all applicants
  • June 2, 2015 – First day of class (seat deposits due)
  • August 13, 2015 – Last day of class
  • Fall 2015 – Seat deposits are sent back to MPLS students who completed the program

Application Requirements
Applications will be reviewed by Law School Admissions staff and are designed to provide additional information on a candidate's maturity, judgment, communication, analytical skills and motivation to pursue a legal education. The Admissions Committee will complete a holistic assessment of all application materials.

Applicants for MPLS are responsible for the complete submission of the following materials to jdadmissions@umn.edu by the May 1, 2015, deadline:

  1. Completed and signed application form
  2. Completed essays 1 – 3
  3. Résumé
  4. Unofficial transcript from degree granting school
  5. Letter of recommendation (optional)

Completed applications may be emailed/scanned (preferred) or mailed to:

University of Minnesota Law School
290 Walter F. Mondale Hall
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Email: jdadmissions@umn.edu

For additional information on the program, please contact jdadmissions@umn.edu.

"The MPLS program combined LSAT study techniques with invaluable information on how to be successful in law school. The Kaplan instructor and study program made learning easy and accessible, even with my busy schedule. The best part was receiving advice on my law school application from current law school students, alumni and the admissions team, which gave me confidence and solidified my decision to pursue a law career."

MPLS Summer 2014 Participant


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