This program brings to campus undergraduate students from throughout the country for a month-long immersion into legal study. The largest and oldest of its kind, the primary goal of the program is to acquaint students with the study of law and to assist them in acquiring skills that will benefit their undergraduate and future law school studies.
The 2016 Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program will take place May 16 through June 9, 2016. During the four-week program, students are engaged in activities covering three primary areas:
Classroom Experience — Daily classes are taught by law school professors and writing instructors. Lectures simulate first-year law classes and familiarize students with the functions of the American legal system. Writing workshops help students to develop their writing and communication skills.
Law School Admissions Process— Students are given the opportunity to talk to the admissions staff and committee regarding the important aspects of the law school application process. This includes practical workshops on completing the application, writing personal statements, LSAT preparation, writing resumes and cover letters, financing law school, and individualized career planning.
Careers in the Law — While the program is academic in nature, there are a number of exciting and enjoyable activities that take place outside of the classroom, such as: visits to the Florida Supreme Court and local law firms, moot court oral arguments, and visits from prominent attorneys in a variety of practice areas.
Thanks to the continued support and generosity of Florida State Law alumnus Wayne Hogan ('72), President of Terrell Hogan, and his wife, Patricia, the program has a financially secure future. In 2000, the Hogans designated part of a $2 million gift to the law school to endow the program. Their 2003 gift of an additional $1 million allows the law school to permanently maintain the size of the program at approximately 60 students each year.
For more information about our Summer for Undergraduates Program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Office of Student Affairs at 850.644.7338.