Multicultural Affairs exists to foster relationships with all minority students, prospective and current, and alumni of DePaul University College of Law, and, to ensure that the needs of all College of Law minority constituencies are met. The resources of the Office of Multicultural Affairs are available to all students and alumni regardless of race or ethnicity.
As an alumna of the College of Law, I know that DePaul understands that having diversity and supporting diversity are two different things. DePaul is committed to both. Toward that end, DePaul offers many opportunities for its students to ensure their success, including special programs , a variety of student organizations , scholarships , and a supportive and welcoming environment.
If you are a prospective student, I invite you to consider DePaul as you embark on your journey into the legal profession. If you have questions about DePaul, or need more detailed information please contact admissions.
For most students, the first year of law school is the most challenging period of their academic careers. The faculty and administration of DePaul College of Law want qualified, committed students to succeed, so the School offers programs to assist students as they acclimate to the demands, methods, and conventions of law school. Whether through formalized programs, such as the Academic Support Program and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, or more informally through faculty advisors and mentors, DePaul is committed to assisting students reach their full potential.
Academic Support Program
DePaul is among very few law schools in the nation to make an institutional commitment to ensure that each of its incoming students has access to the support needed to succeed in law school. In 1992, the College of Law created an Academic Support Program (ASP) to assist first-year law students, particularly those with non-traditional backgrounds, to develop the critical thinking and analytical skills that law school demands. The program is run by two full-time academic support professionals and consists of small classes, monthly workshops, the ASP web page and individual assistance and counseling.
Council on Legal Education Opportunity
CLEO, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, is a non-profit organization dedicated to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to members of underrepresented groups. CLEO coordinates six-week pre-law summer institutes to assist minority and disadvantaged students in acquiring the skills and techniques necessary for successful law school performance. DePaul supports CLEO and actively recruits its graduates. The College of Law hosted a CLEO six-week pre-law summer institute in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2004. For more information contact CLEO at 202.216.4343 or http://www.cleoscholars.com.
Admission to DePaul
Undergraduate academic performance and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score are highly significant in admission consideration. However, these are not the only criteria examined. Personal qualities that demonstrate leadership, intellectual depth, high ideals and diligence are also considered, as are economic, societal or educational obstacles that have been successfully overcome. Diversity in background and experience among the members of each entering class is a continuing objective. In this regard, the Admissions Committee reviews each application thoroughly to determine which strengths the student could bring to DePaul.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee reviews applications from early December until June for the fall semester. However, students are encouraged to apply early, especially those who desire scholarship and financial aid consideration. For more information or an application, contact the Admissions Office at 312.362.6831 or 800.428.7453.