Scholars Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for this program?

You are eligible for this program if you are a student of color or a student who is in the first generation of your family to attend college. In addition, you must be a college student who has completed your freshman or sophomore year prior to the commencement of the program in June 2017. Those who have junior standing prior to September 2017 are not eligible.

You must also have an interest in law and a record of achievement. No particular academic major is required.

What factors will be considered in the selection process?

The selection committee will make its decision based on a complete review of your application. The quality of your written personal statement, letters of recommendation and your overall academic record will be considered in the selection process. Selected students will be notified by email.

When does the program begin and end?

The Discover Law Scholars Program begins on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Dorm move-in and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 4:30 p.m. The Opening Reception and Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. for participants, who may be accompanied by a 1-2 guests. All students must attend.

Moving-out day is Friday, June 30 or Saturday, July 1, 2017.

How long is the Discover Law Scholars Program?

The Discover Law Scholars Program is a four-week residency program that begins on Saturday, June 3 and continues until Friday, June 30.

Does the Discover Law Scholars Program cover the cost of my transportation to and from the summer program?

No. Students are required to make their own transportation arrangements, at their own expense, to attend the summer program on the UB North Campus in Amherst, N.Y.

Where will classes take place?

All classes will take place at the School of Law O'Brian Hall, on the UB North Campus in Amherst, N.Y.

Do I have to attend all classes in the program?

This is a rigorous academic program and full attendance from all participants on each day is mandatory. Full participation is expected. If you do not demonstrate an active engagement throughout the four-week program, you may be asked to leave. You must complete all assignments on time, not be late for class and attend all off-campus activities.

How long are classes each day?

Morning classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until lunchtime. Afternoon classes begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m., with some evening events concluding at 6:30 p.m.

Does the Discover Law Scholars Program cover Meals and Housing expenses?

Yes. The Discover Law Scholars Program will provide on-campus housing and a meal allowance to students.

Do I have to reside on campus or can I make arrangements to live off campus?

All participants in the Discover Law Scholars Program must reside on campus in Greiner Hall. No exceptions will be made.

Where will I live on campus and what will that be like?

All program participants will be housed on the UB North Campus in a recently completed student housing complex, Greiner Hall. This is a suite-style residence, with two resident rooms connected by a shared bathroom. There are kitchenettes on each wing of every floor, equipped with stoves, sinks and microwaves. Students are permitted to bring dorm-size refrigerators if they choose. View a 3-D diagram of the facilities View a 3-D diagram of the facilities (see photos 25-26).

Other amenities include: study/lounge space on every floor; a fully equipped laundry facility, which is free of charge; first-floor café, with dining facilities in an adjacent complex; cable and Internet connections in each room; wireless access in public areas; courtesy phone on each floor; close proximity to the Law School where classes take place; and ATM access readily available on campus.

Is on-campus parking available to participants; if so is there a fee for parking during the residency program?

On-campus parking will be available to participants at no cost during the residency program.

How does the meal allowance work?

Students will be given a meal card, which will operate as a debit card in all dining facilities, campus food venues, and designated supermarkets and restaurants off campus. Each card will be programmed for breakfast and lunch. Dinner will be catered by the University each evening.

Weekday meals will be available on campus. However, students will be responsible for their own weekend meals, through off-campus supermarkets or restaurants that accept the meal card. Students are urged to consider bringing a dorm-size refrigerator to accommodate the preparation of weekend meals.

What if I have special dietary needs?

We urge you to advise the program committee of any special dietary needs you have at the time of your acceptance into the program. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request. However, we urge you to consider bringing a dorm-size refrigerator with you to the program to help with your dietary needs.

Will there be a shuttle bus for off-campus trips?

Yes. Transportation to program events off-campus will be provided. In addition, the UB shuttle bus will be available to students for off-campus trips to supermarkets and restaurants where the meal card can be used.

Will someone be available to assist me if I have any academic difficulty or personal concerns during the 4-week program?

Yes. You will find that the law faculty and instructors will be very helpful in your efforts to develop the skills for law school success. Questions or concerns also can be brought to the attention of the Program Director, who will be available daily during program times. In addition, each resident floor will have a law student resident assistant to address your concerns and guide your preparation of class assignments.