Summer Pre-Law Program Accepting Applications: March 1 Deadline

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Applications are open for SPPARK, the University of Arkansas School of Law's Summer Pre-Law Program. The residential program will run from May 22-June 9. Applications are due Wednesday, March 1.

SPPARK is an annual program designed to expand diversity in law schools and in the legal profession. The in-residence summer program accepts up to 25 college students entering their junior or senior years in fall 2017.

Students will be required to complete approximately 8-10 hours of guided online self-study before the program begins. Once on campus, students will receive an immersive experience consisting of in-person, interactive academic and professional development seminars and excursions. Housing, instruction and meals during the on-campus portion of the program will be provided free-of-charge.

Students from the following groups are encouraged to apply:

  • Attending a college or university with historical or significant populations of African American, Asian American, Latino and American Indian students
  • First generation in their family to attend college
  • Have experienced or are experiencing significant financial challenges
  • Populations that are historically underrepresented in law school

Applicants for SPPARK 2017 must submit the following application materials as one packet, by email received by 11:59 p.m. or by mail postmarked by March 1:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Personal Essay (500-word maximum)
  • Resume
  • Current Transcript (official or unofficial acceptable)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (signed and sealed in envelopes or sent separately by the recommender to the email or physical address listed below)

Please email completed application packets to or mail them to:

Summer Pre-Law Program
1 University of Arkansas, School of Law
1045 W. Maple St.
Fayetteville, AR 72701

More information on SPPARK courses and professional development and the application process may be found on its web page. Please email for assistance.


Collin P. Hesse, academic and student programs coordinator
School of Law

Darinda Sharp, director of communications
School of Law


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