Summer Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates (PLAW)

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the Summer Pre-Law Program has been cancelled for Summer 2020. We hope all interested students continue to take precautions to remain safe and healthy. We'll see you in Summer 2021!

As Chicago’s only public school, UIC John Marshall is committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and providing access and opportunity to all people interested in pursuing the study of law, but we know the transition from undergrad to law school can feel a bit overwhelming. With that in mind, we created the Summer Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates (PLAW) to make law school a realistic possibility for all students, especially students from historically underrepresented communities who might not have considered a career in law.

About PLAW

Open to rising sophomores and junior majoring in any subject from any college or university, PLAW will:

  • Introduce you to the role lawyers play in society.
  • Expose you to the study of law and how lawyers think and write.
  • Guide you on how to effectively prepare for the LSAT, the law school entrance exam.
  • Provide you with role models and potential mentors to guide you through the law-school application process and beyond.
  • Prepare you to present a strong law school application for admission.


Students interested in PLAW must submit a pre-admission questionnaire.  Once your questionnaire is reviewed, you’ll be contacted for a short interview (in person or via SKYPE). Upon acceptance into the program, you’ll be provided registration information. All rising sophomore and juniors from any college or university are welcomed in PLAW, regardless of undergraduate major.

Download the Pre-admission Questionnaire

Registration Fees

The cost to attend PLAW is just the tuition and fees for the two courses. All course materials are provided for free. Note that financial aid, including Pell grant funds, may be available. Please consult your home undergraduate institution with any questions about financial aid.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about PLAW not otherwise covered on this webpage, please contact:

Sonia Bychkov Green
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Pre-Law Summer Program

UIC John Marshall Law School

PLAW Courses

PLAW students must register and concurrently take two required courses: Survey of American Law and Legal Analysis & Communication. These are both three-credit, graded courses that have been approved for credit by UIC.  Students at UIC and other undergraduate institutions should check with their undergraduate departments to see if these courses count toward their undergraduate elective requirements.

Summer Schedule

PLAW is a four-week program offered in early summer. (Summer School Session I for UIC students.)

Classes generally meet Monday–Thursday, although there are occasional exceptions. Finals and final projects will be completed by the last day of class.

Sample Daily Schedule

10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Legal Analysis & Communication
1–2:30 p.m Break to meet with professors, student mentors, etc. Some informal sessions with practitioners, judges, etc., when possible.
2:30–5 p.m. Survey of American Law
5–7 p.m. Evenings reserved for LSAT prep session, sessions with practitioners, and sessions on the law school application process.

Additional Free Programs for PLAW Students

Beyond the PLAW courses, we will offer some lunchtime conversations with lawyers, panels by law school professors and students, and other practical information. We will also host sessions about choosing a law school, the law school application process, financial aid, and preparing for the LSAT. All of the programming beyond the two courses will be free for all PLAW students, and we hope that all of the PLAW students will take advantage of these extra opportunities.