Bernadette with students.

Vice Dean Bernadette Gargano (center) with our 2018 Discover Law Scholars.

About the Program

The Discover Law Undergraduate Scholars Program is a four-week residential summer program for approximately 20 academically promising college students who have completed their freshman or sophomore year, but who will not begin their junior year before the end of the program. Students will take rigorous courses taught by law professors, enjoy mentorship and networking with local lawyers, learn about the law school admissions process, and gain a number of skills that will position them for success in their pursuit of a career as an attorney.

Learning outcomes include:

  1. Enhance critical thinking, reading and analytical skills in core academic classes specifically designed for those purposes.
  2. Develop writing and oral advocacy skills in classes and feedback in Legal Analysis, Writing and Research, and Fundamentals of Writing. Complete the program with a greater understanding of the rigors and discipline required to succeed in law school, through daily class attendance, assignments, and feedback from faculty and instructors.
  3. Cultivate test taking skills that will help students prepare for the LSAT through program classes addressing these issues. Students will also learn to navigate the law school admissions process through classes designed to teach them how to strengthen their candidacy for law school and manage the application process.
  4. Become aware of the value of a legal education, the traditional and non-traditional career paths available, and the vital contributions students can make to society with a law degree, through speaker events and distinguished faculty lectures.

Become aware of how sense of identity and subjectivity is affected by and has an effect on access and participation in a new and unfamiliar discourse community through critically reflective work in the ethnography seminar.