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High School Pre-Law Academy

Details coming mid-January 2021 for the 2021 Pre-Law Academy!

Texas’ only high school pre-law program

Are you a high school student interested in a law career? Established in 2014, SFA’s Pre-Law Academy is a unique opportunity for rising juniors and seniors and students currently completing their senior year. 

Our program is a fun, intense week of interaction with our state’s top judges and attorneys as well as SFA professors. You’ll get to participate in an exciting mock trial competition with guidance from experienced local attorneys. 

Whether you’re discussing contemporary issues in U.S. law, competing in our mock trial tournament, or working a simulated crime scene, you’ll get to discover if a career in law might be right for you. Prepare to leave SFA with great experiences, memories, new friends and inspiration for your future.

Get a preview of your law career

During your pre-law academy week, you’ll attend lectures and panel discussions on a wide range of topics, from how to prepare for law school to an in-depth look at trials and the criminal justice system. You’ll also have the opportunity to take tours and participate in hands-on learning experiences, including:

  • Crime scene investigation simulation
  • Visit to the county jail
  • Discussions of court cases and controversies
  • Mock negotiations
  • Mock trial competition, with finals held in the Nacogdoches County Courthouse 

Stay on campus

During your week on campus, you’ll get the real college experience: You’ll live in an SFA residence hall and eat in the university dining hall. Counselors will be available throughout your stay for guidance and help.

How to apply and register

2020 Pre-Law Academy
June 6-13, 2020

All applicants to the Pre-Law Academy must be high school students in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Students interested in applying for admission to the Pre-Law Academy must submit the following:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or guidance counselors
  2. A 250-word essay that explains why you want to attend SFA’s Pre-Law Academy

    NOTE: Returning applicants only need to submit registration form, application fee and tuition.
  3. A completed registration form
  4. A non-refundable application fee of $25 

    If paying by credit card, register online.
    If paying by check, please print the registration form and mail it along with a check made out to Stephen F. Austin State University to the address listed below under Payment.
  5. Email, fax, or mail the above to / FAX: 936.468.8240 or mail to the address under Payment Options.

Once accepted, you will receive an email notification along with the following forms that must be filled out and returned.

  • Health & Wellness
  • Medical/Liability Waiver
  • Photo Consent
  • Code of Conduct


Total cost for the Pre-Law Academy is $750, which covers all program costs, including programming, meals and housing. Tuition can be paid in full or in three installments of $250. Students who plan to drive and park on campus will need to purchase a parking pass for an additional $21. 


Submit credit card payments or mail checks by the following due dates:

  • Option to pay in full (1st, 2nd Tuition & Meal Plan) $750 due on March 31, 2020.

  • First tuition installment of $250 is due on March 31, 2020 to reserve a seat.

  • Second tuition installment of $250 is due on April 30, 2020 to confirm your participation.

  • Third installment - Meal Plan of $250 is due on May 15, 2020.

  • Students driving and parking their car on campus will need to purchase a parking pass. The cost for the pass is $21 and is due May 15, 2020. Payment can be made online or by check.

Late-Tuition Fee Policy: After May 15, a late fee of $100 will be added to the total cost of the program.

Cancellation Policy: Tuition is refundable until May 15, 2020. No refunds will be made after this date.

Payment Options:

If paying by credit card, visit our online marketplace. Credit card payments are only accepted online.

If paying by check, please make it out to Stephen F. Austin State University and mail it to:

Division of Multidisciplinary Programs
Pre-Law Academy
P.O. Box 6082, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6082

Pre-Law Academy scholarships

SFA’s Pre-Law Academy offers two scholarships for qualified students: the Russell Scholarship and the College of Liberal and Applied Arts Scholarship. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. Attendees may apply for both scholarships if they meet the criteria.

The Russell Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students who: 

  • Will be first-generation college students (neither parent or any grandparents completed college).
  • Live in a city with a population of less than 10,000 or a county with a population of less than 25,000 for the 12 months immediately preceding the start of the Pre-Law Academy.

Priority is given to students who fit both categories.

Download the Russel Scholarship application.

The College of Liberal and Applied Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have a family income of less than $50,000 per year. Priority will be given to students who demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to their communities.

Download the College of Liberal and Applied Arts Scholarship application.


Division of Multidisciplinary Programs

Ferguson Building
Room 273 AA

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6082, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962


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