Mission and Goals
Initiated in 1998, the mission and goals of the Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute (LSPI) are to help students prepare for law school by developing their critical thinking skills and study habits, and by mentoring them toward the maturity, responsibility and integrity required of law students and lawyers. LSPI strives to educate, inform, and guide UTEP students and members of the community about the advantages of legal training. LSPI provides a variety of law and prelaw-related programs that serve undergraduate students, high school students, middle school students, and the general community. The minor in Legal Reasoning is made available through LSPI, and LSPI faculty and staff advise students on all aspects of the law school application process and on law school in general. Students admitted to the LSPI participate in an intensive summer program and are afforded opportunities to work with the legal community through internship experiences and LSPI clinical education (CASA and EMPOWER programs). LSPI also offers its High School Law Camp each summer, and collaborates with educational and community partners in its high school outreach efforts.