The Summer Legal Academy (SLA) is a two-week educational readiness program for high school students aspiring to become attorneys. Students will learn the process of applying to law school, what to expect as a law student, the different areas of law, and hear directly from various attorneys. This program will provide students who are interested in a future career in the legal field with pivotal resources and tools for their journey.
The SLA program is a paid summer opportunity for high school students. Students can expect a classroom style program, including lectures and guest speakers. The SLA takes place at the Office of the Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee, located at 1019 Congress, Houston, Texas 77002.
Applications for the 2023 SLA program will open on January 30, 2023 and close on April 7, 2023.
The SLA is open to students in high schools in Harris County who are entering grades 10 through 12. Priority will be given to first-generation college students, students from a low-income background, and/or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession.
Students will be expected to submit a recommendation letter; a writing sample, which may be a class assignment in which a grade B or better was received; a personal statement; and a short essay response of at least 250 words. Prompts to upload the personal statement and short essays will be posted with the live application on January 30.
Students can expect to participate in mock law-school lectures taught by law professors, read case studies, practice LSAT logic games, and sit in on panel discussions. Students will gain firsthand accounts about the rigorous nature of law school, best practices to succeeding in law school, and the various pathways to law school.
Updated timeline and dates coming in January 2023.
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The Summer Legal Academy is a two-week training and educational program for high school students hosted by the Office of Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee. It is designed to expose students to:
● the path to getting accepted to a law school,
● what to expect in law school classes,
● the different careers one can pursue with a law degree, and
● the various types of practices in which a lawyer can focus.
Eligible students who would like to apply to become a Participating Student must complete the application which will launch January 25, 2023.
Prompts to upload the personal statement and short essays will be posted with the live application on January 25.
A typical day in the SLA program may look like:
While every day will be a little different, most days follow a similar format with a mix of presentations, interactive panel discussions, and hands-on activities.
The Harris County Attorney’s Office
1019 Congress St.
Houston, Texas 77002