Organization helps students prepare for law school
does not have a law school, a new program is being developed to
help students who are interested in going to law school, said Carolyn
Barton, a coordinator for the program.
Bar of Texas Pre-Law Student Affiliate Program is a new affiliate
of the State of Texas Bar Association. It has been embraced by 15
Texas universities, including TCU, in an effort to provide the tools
needed to help students interested in attending law school.
a political science professor and lawyer, said TCU students interested
in law school need an outlet that can provide entrance by application
into the State Bar of Texas Association.
association requires that universities have affiliate programs so
students can apply for the bar, Jackson said.
the idea of bringing the student affiliate program to TCU in one
of his pre-law classes.
a junior English major, is helping coordinate the program with Barton,
a sophomore English and political science major.
the majority of the class showed interest in having the program
because there is no law school at TCU, so a campus organization
is needed to help pre-law students become active in the field and
existing Law Student Affiliate Program is for current law students
only, Kelly said.
universities that have law schools such as the University of Texas,
are more informed about events such as lobbying days
and various legal fairs, which are open to law student and pre-law
She said there
are tentative plans to bring in lawyers, judges and law students
to speak about their experiences and to advise TCU students.
also plans to arrange LSAT, LCAT and GRE mentoring with national
testing companies such as Kaplan and Princeton Review. Students
can also receive test preparation for entrance exams, mentoring,
information and networking through the program.
a freshman accounting and business major, said she plans to participate
in the pre-law program and said the program will not only provide
her with the information she needs, but it will also open doors
in the law field for future jobs and internships.
the program could impact TCU admissions because graduating seniors
who are interested in law could recognize the benefits of having
the pre-law student program on campus.
to TCU because I liked the business program and wanted to complete
my undergraduate work here, so this will be effective, Marriott
of the program will be arranged by the student members, Jackson
will arrange the type of program responsive to what they want,
Jackson said. After that, it is easy for me to get the lawyers,
law students and testing companies to come here.
meeting will be an open forum to discuss goals and design a structure
for the program.
State Bar Pre-Law Student Affiliate Program will meet at 6 p.m.
tonight in Sadler Hall, Room 203.