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 year prior to the commencement of the program.
You must also have an interest in law and a record of achievement. No particular academic major is required.
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 undergraduate GPA will be considered in the selection process. Selected students will be notified by email.
The 2020 program dates are May 30 to June 26. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
The Discover Law Scholars Program is a four-week residency 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.
All classes will take place at the School of Law O'Brian Hall, on the UB North Campus in Amherst, N.Y.
This is a rigorous academic program and full attendance from all participants on each day is mandatory. Full participation is expected. You must complete all assignments on time, not be late for class and attend all off-campus activities. If you do not demonstrate an active engagement throughout the four-week program, you may be asked to leave.
Typically, 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. Accepted students will sent a copy of the program schedule prior to the start of the program.
The Discover Law Undergraduate Scholars Program will provide on-campus housing and a partial meal stipend to students.
While dinner will be provided by the program Sunday through Friday, students should be prepared to purchase breakfast and lunch throughout the four weeks, as well as all meals on Saturdays.
All participants in the Discover Law Scholars Program must reside on campus in Greiner Hall. No exceptions will be made.
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. [Read more about housing]
On-campus parking will be available to participants at no cost during the residency program.
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.
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.
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.
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 Tolu Odunsi, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 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.