MPLS Program

Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars (MPLS) Program

Preparing 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.

Admission to the program is limited to approximately 25 participants and is competitive based on a holistic assessment of the application material. Participants will be asked to complete evaluations and surveys at the end of the program and at several points in the future.

Class Structure

All classes are held at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June-August 2016 (exact dates to be determined). The majority of the class consists of in-person, Kaplan-led LSAT instruction. A portion of the class consists of other law school preparation and typically includes a presentation from Minnesota Law Career Center staff, a panel discussion with current law students and alumni, and the opportunity to meet with Admissions Counselors.


There is no cost but participants are asked to submit a $100 seat deposit, which is fully refundable upon successful completion of 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.

 & Study Time

Attendance is mandatory and will be taken at each session. Success in this program is largely dependent on outside study, and students are expected to study 15–20 hours a week outside of class.

Seat Deposit

Students who are accepted into the program are required to submit a $100 seat deposit (2016 due date to be determined). 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 (May/June 2016 – exact date to be determined)
  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

Application Timeline (for Summer 2016) – Exact Dates to be determined

  • January 2016 – PDF iconMPLS application available
  • Early May 2016 – MPLS applications due
  • Mid-May 2016 – Decisions will be emailed to all applicants
  • Early June 2016 – First day of class (seat deposits due)
  • Mid-August 2016 – Last day of class
  • Fall 2016 – Seat deposits are sent back to MPLS students who successfully 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 by the early May 2016 deadline:

  1. Completed and signed PDF iconapplication 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

  • Anna Koch

    Anna Koch (ʼ18)

    MPLS Experience

    “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. ”
    2014 Summer Participant


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Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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