The Summer Law Institute is designed for students who could benefit from a more intensive academic orientation to legal education than is available through the regular Pre-law Orientation program (for example, students who have been out of school for more than three years, students whose undergraduate education did not involve a significant amount analytic reading and writing, or students who traditionally underperform on standardized tests).

Taught by full-time Law School faculty, the Institute addresses three major areas: academics, study skills, and the "culture" of law school. Through demonstration classes, group discussions, and extensive practice with individual feedback, students in the Institute are exposed to the range of experiences they can expect during the first year of law school.