UW Law receives $70,000 grant to launch Pre-Law Scholars Program

The University of Wisconsin Law School has received a $70,000 grant from the Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis in support of a new pre-law scholars initiative.

Beginning this June, twenty selected participants in the James E. Jones Jr. Pre-Law Scholars Program will spend four weeks in a summer immersion program, hosted by UW Law School. The program is designed to improve access to legal education for undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. With an emphasis on UW Law School’s distinctive law-in-action approach, participants will learn how the law operates in the real world and shapes daily life.

Students will explore the wide range of work lawyers do and gain insights on how to best prepare to enroll and succeed in law school.

UW Law School was one of four grant recipients selected to receive a grant through the 2015 Access Group Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program. Access Group provides funding for programs that address critical issues facing legal education today, including enhancing access to legal education for students from diverse backgrounds.

UW Law School’s program was named for the late Professor James E. Jones, the school’s first African-American faculty member. A pioneer in equal employment and affirmative action policy, Professor Jones taught labor law and arbitration for nearly 30 years at the Law School, and in 1991, was named Nathan P. Feinsinger Professor of Labor Law.

Applications for the program will be made available in February. For information, contact Rebecca Scheller, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid at UW Law School, at 608-262-5914 or rebecca.scheller@wisc.edu.

Submitted by Law School News on January 12, 2016

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