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State Bar of Texas
MEDIA ADVISORY
Sept. 14, 2011

Contact:  Kim Davey, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or kdavey@texasbar.com

State Bar of Texas Honors UTEP Law School Preparation Institute as Bar Board Meets in El Paso

EL PASO, TEXAS – State Bar of Texas President Bob Black will present a resolution honoring the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Law School Preparation Institute in conjunction with a meeting of the Bar’s Board of Directors Sept. 15-16 in El Paso.

The UTEP Law School Preparation Institute was established in 1998 to help students prepare for law school through an intensive summer academic program and reap the benefits of direct access to the legal community through instructors, clerkships and internships. The program strives to educate and guide students, as well as the community, about the responsibility and integrity required of law students and lawyers.

The program’s students have partnered with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program of El Paso to volunteer as legal advocates for children in the local foster care system. Students also reach out to local high school students by providing activities and programs to encourage them to pursue a career in the legal profession.

The UTEP Law School Preparation Institute has also partnered with the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) since 2009 to hold a pre-law symposium to emphasize to El Paso high school students the importance of diversity in the legal profession and to encourage them to pursue a legal education and help prepare them for that path.

About 60 percent of UTEP Law School Preparation Institute graduates go on to first-tier law schools, and more than 40 percent attend top 25 law schools.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.