MPLS Program

Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars (MPLS) Program

Preparing historically underrepresented students for the LSAT exam and the law school admissions process.

Please note:  The MPLS program for summer 2017 is underway and closed to all new applicants.

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 taught by an instructor from The Princeton Review, 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. MPLS an approved DiscoverLaw.Org Event.

Class Structure

All classes are held at the University of Minnesota Law School twice a week in the evenings from June-August 2017 (exact dates to be determined). The majority of the class consists of in-person, Princeton Review-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, a visit to a local law firm, and the opportunity to meet with Admissions Counselors.


There is no cost to participate in MPLS. However, participants must submit a $100 seat deposit which is fully refundable upon successful completion of the program. All books and study materials will be provided.

Attendance & 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 on the first day of class. 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 (Early June 2017–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 homework by the due date, with the exception of two assignments which must be made up within one week of original due date
  6. Arriving to class on time with two exceptions (anytime later than 20 minutes will be defined as an absence)
  7. Reporting all practice test scores to The Princeton Review

Application Timeline (for Summer 2017)–Exact Dates to be determined

  • January 2017 – PDF iconMPLS application available
  • April 30, 2017 – MPLS applications due
  • Early May 2017 – Decisions will be emailed to all applicants
  • Early June 2017 – First day of class (seat deposits due)
  • August 2017 – Last day of class
  • Fall 2017 – 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 April 30, 2017 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
Att: Admissions Office
290 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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