Damon J. Keith Pre-Law Summer Institute

Undergraduate students interested in law are eligible for Wayne State University Law School's Damon J. Keith Pre-Law Summer Institute, thanks to a more than $47,000 grant from AccessLex Institute.

The four-week summer program, which is free to all participants, is open to rising juniors and seniors who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at any institution. Sophomores participating in a 3+3 program at Wayne State or Oakland University are also eligible to apply. Applicants must have graduated from a Detroit Public Schools Community District Public High School or be residents of the city of Detroit.

Benefits of participation include:

  • Full LSAT test preparation program provided by Kaplan (live online classes)
  • $500 stipend awarded upon successful completion of the program to cover LSAT registration expenses
  • Opportunities to connect with mentors in the Detroit legal community and with current Wayne Law students
  • Visits to local law firms, federal, state, and local courts, public interest firms and organizations
  • Instructional sessions presented by Wayne Law faculty and staff on topics such as: legal writing, academic success, financial literacy, professionalism, and the law school application and admissions process
  • Team-building and social events (in-person, subject to change)

About the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights

This first-of-its-kind program at Wayne State is named for Judge Damon J. Keith and will be held in the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law. For more than 50 years on the federal bench, Keith persuasively and movingly defended the Constitution and helped communities enforce their civil rights. Keith, who earned his LL.M. from Wayne Law in 1956, passed away in 2019.

Located in Detroit and embedded within Wayne State University's Law School, the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights is a hub for civil rights teaching, research and action, and a place that fuels the next generation of civil rights leaders. The Keith Center's mission is to promote the educational, economic and political power of underrepresented communities in urban settings.

Wayne Law also has a Damon J. Keith Scholarship for first-year J.D. applicants. 

Learn more about the Keith Center


The Damon J. Keith Summer Pre-Law Institute is accepting applications for summer 2021!

Questions should be directed to lawsao@wayne.edu.

Fields with asterisks (*) are required.

Have you taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)? *
Do you intend to apply to law school? *
The Damon J. Keith Summer Institute will require a meaningful time commitment over 4 weeks (July 12 – August 6), with a typical daily schedule of 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and some evening program/events. Can you commit that amount of time to the program? *

Your answers to the two final questions below questions will not impact your admission to the program, but are only included so Wayne Law can assess the need for programming tech support.

A portion of this program will be provided in a synchronous online format. Do you have reliable WiFi/internet? *
A portion of this program will be provided in a synchronous online format. Do you have access to a reliable laptop or personal computer? *


Please attach the following documents:

Certification Statement

About AccessLex Institute

AccessLex Institute logoAccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization committed to helping talented, purpose-driven students find their path from aspiring lawyer to fulfilled professional. In partnership with its nearly 200 member law schools, improving access and positively influencing legal education have been at the heart of the company's mission since 1983. AccessLex Institute has offices in West Chester, PA, and Washington, D.C., with a team of accredited financial education counselors based throughout the United States.

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