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Discover Law Undergraduate Scholars Program

Harnessing the power of diversity

Recognizing that there is a shortage of historically underrepresented students entering the field of law, the School of Law created the Discover Law Undergraduate Scholars Program to provide an immersive experience for undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in law, expose students to critical thinking, and help them develop reading and analytical skills.

Each June, the School of Law welcomes approximately 20 academically-promising college students to campus for the four week residential program. These students are undergraduates who have completed their freshman or sophomore year and are underrepresented minority students or first-generation college students. As Discover Law scholars, they spend their four weeks attending courses with UB Law faculty, staff, and alumni; all while building a community of peers and mentors.

“The Discover Law program offers a realistic preview of what law school demands and the preparation required to succeed, but more than that, it offers the scholars a network of peers and mentors who look like them and have similar aspirations,” says Amber J. Melvin ’13, Associate Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Director, Discover Law Undergraduate Scholars Program.

“My professional and academic perspective will never be the same.”  adds Johnniel Morales, a 2021 Discover Law Scholar.  “And also my heart and soul, thanks to what the Discover Law program was capable of bringing out of me.”

The Discover Law program is just one way the School of Law is working to create equitable pathways to law school and the legal field. This program is at no cost to participants; thus, your continued support is needed to keep this pathway open. Funding allows students to travel from across the country to participate, worry-free. Please consider donating to support this program.

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Mail Your Gift

Send your gift to:

University at Buffalo School of Law
Office of Advancement
608 O'Brian Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260

Checks should be made out to "Discover Law Summer Scholars Program."