Summer program gives undergrad students from Greater Four Corners region a firsthand look at law school

Feb 20, 2024 | Belonging & Access

A group of eight Native women who participated in the LAILAC program make the "U" sign with their fingers and pose around the red metal U on the University of Utah campusThe University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law is offering a free four-week residential summer program called “Law as Influence, Law as Change” (LAILAC) in June 2024 for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in law. The program is made possible by a grant from AccessLex Institute.

The program, now in its second year, gives undergraduate students from the Greater Four Corners region a preview of law school through workshops, courses and hands-on experiences, to help them prepare for—and succeed in—their legal education. Ultimately, the program seeks to support talented future lawyers who have backgrounds and life experiences that equip them to address the unique legal needs of rural communities.

The LAILAC program provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the study and practice of law. Participants will take short classes on legal writing and environmental law, and attend workshops on topics such as applying to law school, securing financial aid, and developing professional skills. They will also meet lawyers and visit courts, getting a first-hand look at the legal profession and potential career paths.

The program will be held from June 3 to June 28, 2024, and applications are due by March 29, 2024.

Elizabeth Kronk Warner, dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, said the LAILAC program is part of college’s work to increase access to legal education. “This program gives students a supportive space to experience what it’s like to go to law school and become a lawyer,” said Warner, who is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. “The legal field is fascinating and rewarding, and lawyers can make a significant impact on their communities. We want to make sure everyone knows they belong at law school.”

Natasha Martinez, who attended the LAILAC program in 2023, said it “allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person. Not only are you provided a glimpse of what it’s like to attend law school, but you are given so many resources for the application process, scholarships, and how to decide which law school is best for you.”

“LAILAC provided me with great mentors, valuable friendships, and a diverse network of connections ranging from federal judges to law students,” said Raissa Rohbock, another 2023 attendee.

The LAILAC program’s application is open to undergraduate students from colleges and universities in the Greater Four Corners region who are interested in pursuing a law degree and who meet eligibility requirements. The program covers costs of room and board, and participants will receive a $1,000 stipend upon successfully completing the program.

Learn more about the LAILAC program at