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Law As Influence, Law As Change

A FREE four-week residential summer program for undergraduate students who are interested in law school. Participants will receive a $1000 stipend upon successful completion of the program. This free program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of AccessLex Institute and hosted by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Applications are due April 19, 2024. 

Open to students at colleges and universities in the Four Corners region in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Participant Eligibility
Must be:
- 18 years old (or older);
- A student at a college or university in the Four Corners region in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona;
- Able to complete the entire four-week program; and
- Able to participate in the complete daytime (~ 8 AM to 5 PM) programming without interruptions. External obligations–including employment, internship/externship, academic, and volunteer commitments–must be fulfilled outside program hours.

June 3 - June 28, 2024

The four-week program will be held at the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Are you thinking about going to law school and becoming a lawyer?
This summer program gives you a hands-on preview of law school, helps you prepare to apply, and gets you ready to succeed as a law student. Participants will receive a $1000 stipend upon successful completion of the program.

Here's what you'll do:

Application and Financial Aid Workshops
Learn about applying to law school and the financial aid process.

Personal & Professional Development
Develop professional and personal skills to support you as a college and law student.

Introduction to Legal Profession
Immerse yourself the in the legal industry and its vast career opportunities.

Introductory Law Classes
Take short courses to learn the basics of criminal law, environmental law, and legal methods.

Get a Taste of Life in Law School
Meet lawyers and law students, visit courts, and more.

Why attend LAILAC?

“Not only did I acquire important skills in the classroom, such as legal writing, but I gained friendships that will last a lifetime. We all had so much fun learning together, laughing, and concentrating on the projects.”
-Tina Memarian, 2023 attendee
“Joining the LAILAC program was one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. Living in Utah for a month allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person. The classes were taught by wonderful professors at the S.J. Quinney College of Law who made the learning experience one-of-a-kind.”
-Natasha Martinez, 2023 attendee
“LAILAC offers extensive resources in the legal field that can help you excel in law school and various legal positions. It’s the perfect program for anyone looking to prepare for law school, or determine if it’s the right path for them.”
-Raissa Rohbock, 2023 attendee
“My time spent with the LAILAC team was amazing, educational, and beneficial for my academic plans. Getting to know the other participants helped me grow as a student and as a person. This program helped me see that law school is an attainable option.”
-Desiree Benally, 2023 graduate

Important Dates & Deadlines

Important Dates & Deadlines
January 25, 2024 – Application Opens
April 19, 2024 – Extended Application Deadline
June 2, 2024 – Move-in Day
June 3, 2024 – Program begins
June 29, 2024 - Move-out day

Required Application Components
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early complete submissions are encouraged.
1. Completed Application Form
2. Unofficial Transcripts
3. Résumé or CV
4. Personal Statement
5. Community Connection Statement
6. One (1) letter of Recommendation

Before You Start Your Application
Please consider the following points before initiating your application.

  1. We recommend using the same computer or laptop consistently while working on your application.
  2. The application system has a "pause and play" function enabling you to stop and resume your application when using the same device.
  3. The “pause and play” feature operates automatically allowing the system to save your progress real-time. You are welcome to close your browser window at any time; rest assured, your progress will be saved.
  4. Along with the application form, applicants will be required to upload five (5) documents: résumé or CV, personal statement, community engagement statement, letter of recommendation, and set of unofficial undergraduate transcripts.

We strongly encourage you to gather these items before starting the application form. This approach will save you time and facilitate a smoother application journey.

To assist you with this process, we provided instructions for the documents you will need to upload below.

Résumé or CV
Attach a résumé or a curriculum vitae (if applicable) that provides information on your education, professional work experience, volunteer activities, research/publications/presentations, training, and other skills and experience you have. Please include information on awards/recognition received, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, Tribal/community responsibilities, summer programs/internships, professional memberships – be sure to provide descriptions, but be concise.

Do NOT include an “objective section” or “references section.” For work experience include whether you worked full-time or part-time, list dates by month/year. If there is a gap between jobs (1 month or more), be sure to include information on what you did during that gap. For narrative of work experience include a brief description of major responsibilities (not a job description) and your quantifiable achievements in the position.

Personal Statement 
Attach a personal statement. It may be up to 2 pages. It must be a double-spaced, typed personal statement that you could use for your law school application. Please discuss: 1. A challenge you faced and how overcoming it helped prepare you to succeed in the future, and 2. why you wish to participate in the Law as Influence, Law as Change program.  This is the statement the program instructors help revise.

Community Connection Statement 
Attach a double-spaced, typed 1-page statement about the connection you have with your community and how that relates to your interest in law (or law school).

Letter of Recommendation
You are required to have one (1) letter submitted on your behalf. Letters of recommendation should come from people who know you well and can speak to your character, analytical thinking and reasoning ability, originality, imagination, oral communication skills, written communication ability, persistence, self- discipline, study habits, judgment and maturity, and leadership ability, among other things.

Attach all your unofficial transcripts. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts from each U.S. college or university ever attended are attached here, regardless of credits being transferred or applied toward degree requirements.

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