Institute for Law and Public Affairs

The Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) 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. The classes are supplemented with weekly plenary sessions featuring law school faculty, admissions professionals, and practicing attorneys and judges. SLSPA students complete the coursework over two five week summer sessions, and have the option of completing the coursework in one summer or over two summers. Students who successfully complete the SLSPA earn the ILPA’s Certificate in Legal Reasoning

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 admission 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. The ILPA is located at the Main Campus in Multidisciplinary Studies (MS) Building 3.03.14. For more information about the ILPA’s programs, call 210-458-2990 or visit the ILPA website at