The University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program recently celebrated seven years of offering a multi-faceted approach to diversifying the legal profession.
The standout program boasts an impressive record of success, including eighty-one scholars accepted to law school and scholarship funds totaling $5,434,229 and 69 undergraduate schools represented through the program to date.
The pipeline program prides itself on its commitment to advance diversity in the legal profession. Part of their commitment involves welcoming historically underrepresented groups into the legal profession, mainly first-generation and low-income students.
The program was founded by Dean Leonard M Baynes, the center’s first dean of African-American descent, as well as Program Director Kristen Guiseppi. Currently, Professor Meredith J. Duncan oversees the pipeline program. Duncan is the first assistant dean of diversity, inclusion, and metropolitan programs in school history.
“I’m very proud of the work that the University of Houston Law Center and its faculty, staff, alumni, and students have done to move the ball forward on diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Baynes said in a press release. “The Law Center is blessed with terrific students from diverse and first-generation backgrounds and faculty who care about their success. Together we plan to make a difference in this space.”
In its seven-year history, the program has grown to five tracks to welcome undergraduate students, upperclassmen students, UH students, and working professionals. The pipeline program was recognized for its impact by organizations and publications such as the American Bar Association, the Law School Admission Council, and the AccessLex Institute.
“For the past few years, the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline program has nurtured and developed the talent of aspiring lawyers from underserved and underrepresented populations in an effort to create a new generation of diverse legal professionals representative of our communities,” said Guiseppi.