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FIU Law Path (Pre-law Program)

About

Spring 2019, Florida International University College of Law was awarded a $124,850 grant by the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence and launched a new pre-law initiative, the Path to the Legal Profession (“FIU Law Path”). FIU Law Path’s primary objective is to facilitate the increased enrollment of low income, first generation, minority, and other traditionally underrepresented groups into law school. FIU Law Path offers to undergraduates, pre-law programming that builds skills critical to both success in law school and throughout the application to law school process. FIU Law Path combines exposure to the traditional law school experience supplemented by a range of opportunities including academic enrichment and critical skills development, intensive LSAT preparation, personalized counseling throughout the application process, and individualized mentoring by a member of the bench or bar.

To date, FIU Law Path has enrolled three cohorts of students. This program is offered at no cost to accepted students.

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Programs

FIU Law Pathway One (Online)

FIU Law Path’s primary objective is to facilitate the increased enrollment of low income, first generation, minority, and other traditionally underrepresented groups into law school. FIU Law Path offers to undergraduates, pre-law programming that builds skills critical to both success in law school and throughout the application to law school process. The online FIU Law Path combines exposure to the traditional law school experience supplemented by a range of opportunities including academic enrichment and critical skills development. See 2021 curriculum:  https://law.fiu.edu/admissions/jd/fiu-law-path-pre-law-program/law-path-curriculum/.

Dates:  June 6 – July 27, 2022

Eligibility: Currently, enrolled undergraduate student or university graduate.

3.00 Minimum Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average

Complete and submit the following materials:

Application

  1. Complete online application - Applications closed as of May 31, 2022
  2. Email to lawadmit@fiu.edu the following documents:
  3. Resume
  4. Most recent undergraduate official transcript
  5. Personal statement explaining interest in FIU Law Path - In no more than three typed, double-spaced pages discuss your reasons for pursuing a legal education and your goals or plans upon graduation. You may discuss any obstacles that you have overcome (for example, English is not your native language, discrimination, economic or family hardship, severe medical condition, etc.).
  6. A copy of your most recent Student Aid Report (SAR)
  7. Register for the free LawHub: https://www.lsac.org/lsat/prep/lawhub. Complete LSAT PrepTest 71, under prescribed, timed conditions). Submit your score based on the 120 – 180 scale.

FIU Law Pathway Two (Online)

FIU Law Path’s primary objective is to facilitate the increased enrollment of low income, first generation, minority, and other traditionally underrepresented groups into law school. Enrolled FIU Law Path Scholars complete an intensive (free) 6-week LSAT preparatory class with the goal of sitting for the August/September LSAT. Additionally, students receive personalized counseling throughout the application to law school process as well as mentoring from members of the bench and bar. Note:  priority is given to students who have completed FIU Law Pathway One.

Dates:  May 16 – June 24, 2022

Eligibility: (Rising Senior, completion of at least 85 credits by June 2022 or university graduate.)

3.00 Minimum Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average

Complete and submit the following materials:

Application

  1. Complete online application - Applications closed as of April 30, 2022
  2. Email to lawadmit@fiu.edu the following documents:
  3. Resume
  4. Most recent undergraduate official transcript
  5. Personal statement explaining interest in FIU Law Path - In no more than three typed, double-spaced pages discuss your reasons for pursuing a legal education and your goals or future plans upon graduation. You may discuss any obstacles that you have overcome (for example, English is not your native language, discrimination, economic or family hardship, severe medical condition, etc.).
  6. A copy of your most recent Student Aid Report (SAR)
  7. Register for the free LawHub: https://www.lsac.org/lsat/prep/lawhub. Complete LSAT PrepTest 71, under prescribed, timed conditions). Submit your score based on the 120 – 180 scale.

The application for Law Path 2022 has now closed.


Information for Applicants with Disabilities

The FIU Law Path Program is committed to providing opportunities to diverse students.  Our program works closes with the university’s Disability Resource Center (“DRC”).  This office is responsible for providing students with disabilities, the necessary support to successfully complete their education and participate in activities and programming available to all students.

Procedure

Upon acceptance to the FIU Law Path program, once notified of a request for accommodations, the Senior Associate Dean will connect you with the DRC.

Contact:

Michelle Mason, Senior Associate Dean
RDB 1026
305-348-8005
masonm@fiu.edu

Stephen Peter Loynaz, Associate Director of the Disability Resource Center
GC 190
305.348.3532
loynazs@fiu.edu

Implementation is a key factor in the provision of effective accommodations, supporting students. Early registration as a Law Path Scholar with the DRC is highly recommended. Please note that how accommodations are implemented may vary in some of the professional programs offered by the FIU College of Law.

Documentation

Students who are requesting support services are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under the American Disability Act of 1990. The documentation must include medical or psychological information from a certified professional. When Ready, please call the DRC at 305-348-3532 to setup a Welcome Appointment. Complete guidelines for the type of documentation required are available on the DRC website or upon request.

DRC Intake Form (click here).

Disability Resource Center reserves the right to determine eligibility for services based on the submitted documentation.

**All documentation is confidential**

LSAT/GRE Exam Accommodations

You may be entitled to accommodations on the LSAT or GRE. This can range from extra time for a learning disability or an adaptation for a physical disability.  FIU Law Path and the DRC can assist with the process of requesting appropriate testing accommodations.

LSAT:             https://www.lsac.org/discover-law/diversity-law-school/applicants-disabilities

GRE:               https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/disabilities

RESOURCES

ABA Commission on Disability Rights: Resources

ABA Law School Disability Programs Directory

Americans with Disabilities Act

Association on Higher Education and Disability

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association

HEATH Resource Center

National Council on Disability

Please Support Our Efforts

You can support our efforts by volunteering or making a donation online. Until we create the FIU Law Path fund, please select "Law Discretionary."

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