by: Tenikka Smith Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte School of Law has launched a new program to attract more minorities to enter the legal field.
It will be hosting a 12-day Pre-Law Academy at Livingston College. The program is open to rising juniors or anyone who's graduated from a historically black college or university in the last five years.
This summer’s Pre-Law Academy is scheduled for June 21-July 2.
Participants who successfully complete the free program will be offered admission to the Charlotte School of Law, or any other law school within the InfiLaw Consortium.
Those students will still need to officially apply to the schools and take the LSAT.
According to the Charlotte School of Law, participants will get to take two law courses. Participants will get lessons in moot court competition, introduction to the Fourth Amendment, negotiable instruments, skills and writing, resume-building and networking opportunities.
Participants will also get free room and board, books and transportation once at Livingstone College's campus.
Applicants must be recent college graduates or current undergraduates who have completed a minimum of 60 credits, maintain at least a 2.7 GPA, complete an application online and submit a letter of recommendation, transcript and photo, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All application materials are due no later than 11:59 p.m. May 30.
According to staff, the population of minority students at Charlotte School of Law constitutes 36.7 percent for full-time and 52.4 percent for part-time students.
The law school said the employment rate for minority graduates in the class of 2013 was more than 86 percent.
In addition, the passage rate for minority graduates of Charlotte School of Law on the February 2014 bar examination was 72 percent, which exceeded the passage rate of the entire school's test takers and surpassed the 65 percent state average of all test takers.
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