Institute for Law and Public Affairs

The Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) is housed within the Preprofessional Programs and Advising Center, and supports UTSA students interested in pursuing careers in law through advising, internships, special events, and its hallmark, the Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA). The Institute’s SLSPA was created in collaboration with The University of Texas School of Law, and encompasses 12 hours of coursework designed to hone the reading, writing, and reasoning skills students need to successfully gain admission to and succeed in law school. SLSPA students complete the coursework in two phases, enrolling in phase I after the sophomore year and phase II after the junior year, or completing both phases over one summer, before their senior year. Students completing 12 hours during Phases I and II earn the ILPA’s Certificate in Legal Reasoning. Admission to the SLSPA is competitive.

The ILPA offers activities throughout the year designed to support UTSA students as they pursue their undergraduate educations with an eye towards law school. In addition to the SLSPA, the ILPA's prelaw advisors offer law school admissions workshops, personal statement and resume review, and one on one prelaw and application counseling. The ILPA also hosts the annual UTSA Law School Fair, providing UTSA students the opportunity to meet representatives from law schools across the country.  For more information about the ILPA’s programs, call 210-458-2990 or visit the ILPA website at