Texas Bar Foundation Funds Pre-Law Outreach

A grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will help fund a new outreach program in The University of Texas at Arlington Pre-Law Center.

The outreach features a partnership with the Arlington Independent School District’s Advancement Via Individual Determination college readiness program and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, an organization that serves low-income residents in 114 Texas counties.

“We are thrilled by the support that our center has received in its infancy – and the work that it will allow us to accomplish moving forward,” said Elisabeth Cawthon, associate professor of history and director of the Pre-Law Center, which launched in the College of Liberal Arts last fall.

Through the $10,400 grant, UT Arlington pre-law students will enroll in an internship class that directs their service at legal clinics for Legal Aid. The University students will provide information on their legal aid experience to high school students in Arlington who are considering careers connected to the law.”

The pre-law outreach will generate more than 600 hours of volunteer service to Legal Aid and also will facilitate programs on legal careers for the AVID students in the Arlington ISD.

Currently, over 180 UT Arlington students access the programs of the Pre-Law Center to learn about law school and legal practice. The Center offers mentoring, preparation for the Law School Admission Test, moot court experience, and volunteer opportunities for students in all majors.

For more information about the UT Arlington Pre-Law Center, please visit www.uta.edu/prelaw.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Association has awarded more than $15 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,300 students and 2,200 faculty members in the epicenter of North Texas. It is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. Total research expenditures reached almost $78 million last year. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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(Story by Bridget Lewis/UT Arlington Media Relations)

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