Scholars Program

Participant Information

The Discover Law Scholars Program is an intense academic program created to expose promising underrepresented or first generation students to the rigors of law school.

The faculty of the law school have high expectations. We have designed a challenging curriculum that will keep you very busy throughout the four weeks you are in the Program.

We expect that you will work hard, do your best, and be a good citizen of the university and the law school. Students will be sent home if in the view of the program directors, teachers, and law student resident assistants they are not completing their assignments, violating curfew, or are violating any of the rules of the University or the School of Law.

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Program Dates

The program begins on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and concludes on Friday, June 30, 2017. You are expected to attend all classes and activities. Weekend events will also be planned and you will be required to participate in these events as well. 

Housing & Curfew

You will be assigned a roommate in a suite style residence hall. There is a curfew: on the weekdays you will be expected to be in the residence hall by 8:30 p.m. and on the weekends by 10:00 p.m. The primary focus of this program is academic and you will be meeting in study groups in the evening. The study groups will be facilitated by two Law Student RAs who will be living with you and assisting you throughout the four week program.

Check-in/Check Out:
Check-in
is on Saturday, June 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be held in the lobby of Au Bon Pain Café located in Greiner Hall on the ground floor of Wing A, located on UB’s North Campus.  (Enter at the door closest to the tunnel entrance of Ellicott Hall.)

Check-out by noon on Saturday, July 1 or Friday, June 30 following the closing luncheon.

Greiner Hall, one of the newest buildings on campus, is a short walk or shuttle ride from O’Brian Hall.

The Opening Reception and Dinner for you and 1-2 guests will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cellino and Barnes Conference Center, on the 5th floor of O’Brian Hall.  Law student RAs will coordinate a group to walk over, or drive to, O’Brian Hall.

A mandatory Orientation will be held on Sunday, June 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Cellino and Barnes Conference Center on the 5th floor of O’Brian Hall. At that time you will complete your paperwork, receive class & assignments information, and be given a tour of the School of Law.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Morning classes begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Please review the Program Schedule for class times and events, including evening study hours.

Dress Code

Business Casual will be required for all field and enrichment experiences, which includes law firm visits, court visits, and networking events.

  • For Men:  A nice pair of dress pants such as khaki, black or navy slacks.  A button-down dress shirt and blazer or jacket is a good option. You also need a pair of “dressier” shoes, dark brown or black (not sneakers).
  • For Women:  A nice pair of slacks in a darker color is appropriate.  However, for summer, business casual can also include light brown or khaki slacks.  A skirt or dress is also fine, but make sure the skirt is not more than 1 inch above the knee. A dress needs to cover your shoulders (no spaghetti or strapless dresses).  A button down blouse and a light sweater, a blazer or jacket are options to mix and match.  Shoes can range from one to two inch closed-toe heels to professional looking flats (shoes with heels higher than three-inches are not acceptable).  While summer does offer more professional looking sandals, backless shoes are not acceptable.  Avoid wearing high/chunky heels.
  • Attire during classes: must also conform to these rules, but you will be allowed to wear jeans, capris, or Bermuda shorts.  Unacceptable attire for either gender includes: rumpled or ripped clothing, t-shirts, tube-tops, miniskirts, flip flops, low cut tops, shorts, skirts with high splits, inappropriately revealing attire and shoes with a heel greater than 3 inches.

If you plan to use the fitness facility or engage in any outdoor activities, such as biking or hiking, please bring the appropriate clothes and gear.  Sneakers or walking shoes is always a good idea.

Please check your email regularly as you will receive additional information from the Admissions Office and teaching faculty.

If you or your parents have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 716-645-2907.

What to Bring

Identification:  Please bring your license or passport.

Residence Hall:  You must bring incidentals such as linens (extra-long twin), pillows, blankets, towels, an alarm clock and all toiletry and personal hygiene items; laundry detergent and cleaning supplies; a dorm size refrigerator (optional); and kitchen utensils, pots and pans, etc (optional).

Class Materials such as laptop, paper, pens and pencils are necessary. Laptops are not permitted in class except by permission of the professor. If you bring your laptop to class without permission it could be confiscated.

Personal items for daily use and travel such as a backpack, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, sneakers or walking shoes, and a light sweater or jacket.

Extra pocket money. Room & board are covered under the Discover Law Scholars Program. We recommend bringing additional funds for leisure or other activities during the program’s duration.

Finally, don’t forget to bring your love of learning and openness to a new experience!