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Law Screening Program

Law Screening Program

The Law Screeening Program is not available in the summer of 2013.

Applicants who are not regularly admitted to the School of Law may be invited to participate in the Law Screening Program. The Law Screening Program consists of two courses, Agency and Personal Property, offered in a six-week period (five weeks of lecture and a final examination during the last week, which is graded anonymously).  Of those participants who earn the grades of 70 or better in each of the two courses, the top fifty percent, to a maximum of ten participants, will be admitted to the fall class.

Participants who receive at least a 70.0 in both courses may reapply to the School of Law but are ineligible to retake the summer screening program and are considered for standard admission only.  The application will be considered with all other applications in that year, and the applicant's performance in the screening program will be considered.


Can I apply to the Law Screening Program?
No. The Law Screeening Program is not available in the summer of 2013.

What are the program dates?
ThThe Law Screeening Program is not available in the summer of 2013.

What was the cost?

  • The fee for the 2011 screening program was $1,000 plus the cost of room/board, books and materials.
  • Up to three (3) need-based fee waivers were available for the Law Screening program in summer 2011. 
    • Applicants who received an LSAC Fee Waiver for 2011-12 were eligible to apply. 
    • Requests were due by April 15.

What courses were taught?

  • Participants will be given law school instruction in the subject areas of Agency and Personal Property. 
    • Agency, Monday-Friday, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
    • Personal Property, Monday-Friday 11:00-12:00. 
    • All classes meet in the Law School, Room 101.

When were the exams administered?

  • The last week of the program.
  • Under the Law School's anonymous grading policy, each participant's final examination is identified and graded by number only.  The faculty member who grades the examination does not know the identity of the writer of the examination.  Laptops are not permitted.  Any participant who chooses to type an examination must provide the typewriter and make arrangements with the Law School Registrar in advance of the examination. To preserve anonymity, participants must not approach a faculty member regarding the choice to type an examination.

What books were needed?

  • Books and assignments for the first day of classes are:
    • Personal Property
      • Statsky & R. J. Wernet, Jr., Case Analysis and Fundamentals of Legal Writing (West Publishing Co., 4th ed., 1995) ISBN: 0-314-04018-8.  Read and study Chapters 1-13 (pp. 1-160).  DO NOT do written assignments. 
      • Barlow Burke, Personal Property in a Nutshell (West Group, 3rd ed.) ISBN: 0-314-26374-8.  No reading assignment.
    • Agency
      • J Dennis Hynes & Mark J Loewenstein, Agency, Partnership, and the LLC: The Law of Unincorporated Business Enterprises (Cases, Materials, Problems).  7th UNABRIDGED edition (2007 LexisNexis)   ISBN: 1-4224-0787-X.  First assignment: read pp. 11-21.

Where were books available?

  • The books can be obtained where textbooks are sold, or from Barnes and Noble at USD.
  • An additional set of material is to be purchased at Barnes and Noble at USD on the first day of the program. The cost is estimated between $10-$15.
  • The Law School is located on Cherry Street and shares a parking lot with the Muenster University Center. Barnes and Noble at USD is located in the Center.

Will participants receive law school credit?
Because the participants are not enrolled officially in the School of Law, the program does not award official transcript credit for transfer or graduation.

What were the median grades in summer 2011?
In 2010, the median grades were 74.0 in Personal Property and 80.0 in Agency.   

If not offered admission after the program, could applicants reapply to the Law School?
Yes, however future admission is unlikely if the program results are weak, or if applicant reapplies with the same LSAT and/or GPA .

Summer 2011 FAQs:

How many were invited to participate in the most recent summer program?
For 2011 summer, 128 were invited to participate.

What were the LSAT and GPA ranges of program  invites, participants, admits?

  • Ranges of invited:  157-133 & 3.99-1.97
  • Ranges of participants: 149-133 & 3.64-1.98
  • Ranges of the top ten:  149-133 & 3.64-2.27

How many participants started and how many completed the program?
There were 26 participants on the first day, 21 completed the program.

If one of the 10 admittees does not attend USD, will you select a replacement from the program?
Yes.  There were 3 people tied for 10th position.

Were more than 10 participants admitted from the 2011 program?

If applicants withdraw from the program, was the payment refundable?
Participants must pay a non-refundable $50 program deposit.  The balance is due the first day of the program.  After the first day, a portion of they payment may be refunded. 

Are the screening courses also regular law classes?
No, they are designed specifically for the Law Screening Program.  They are not Law or University courses; they cannot be applied for credit. 

If the participants were not admitted but did well, will the professors write recommendations for a person?
The professors will often submit recommendations when asked.

Can admitted applicants take the program for the learning experience?
No. The Law Screeening Program is not available in the summer of 2013.