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Students visit with UT Austin School of Law representatives
By Melissa Vasquez, Senior Writer
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Posted: 01/31/2002
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Students at The University of Texas-Pan American visited Tuesday, Jan. 29 with administrators and students from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law to find out what it takes to pursue a law degree.

“We are here because we want more UTPA students in our law school,” said UT School of Law Dean Dr. William C. Powers Jr. “We want to be more diversified.”

Powers hosted an interactive discussion with interested UTPA students at the University Ballroom to talk about the UT School of Law academic program, admissions and financial aid. He also discussed the importance of the Law School Preparation Institute (LSPI), which began preparing 19 UTPA juniors and seniors for entrance into law school last summer.


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Dr. William C. Powers Jr., center, dean of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, recently visited the University, where he met with UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez and interacted with students interested in legal careers. Powers is also John Jeffers Research Chair, Hines H. Baker and Thelma Kelley Baker Chair in Law and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at UT Austin.

“I think the institution is a great thing for you to participate in and it’s also a great institution for this University,” Powers said.

UTPA students who participate in LSPI will also have the advantage of competing for one of 15 seats the UT School of Law has set aside for students from the South Texas universities that include Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M International University in Laredo and The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College.

Powers said students who are awarded one of the seats would also receive a scholarship worth more than $2,500. Dr. Jerry Polinard, UTPA pre-law advisor and LSPI coordinator ,said between 30-60 UTPA students and former students apply to law school in any given year. Last year, 50 students applied to law schools.

“Of the 50 who applied last year, 28 were accepted to at least one law school,” Polinard said. “Of the on-campus seniors who applied, 70 percent were accepted to at least one law school.”

Norma Borrego, UTPA senior from Edcouch, attended the discussion. She plans to apply to the UT School of Law and become a lawyer because she enjoys the research aspect of the profession.

“I want to attend UT law school because it’s close to home, it’s cheap and it’s a very good school,” Borrego said. Borrego, along with a number of UTPA students, also had the chance to meet with first- and second-year law students and learn about their law school experiences.

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