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Support for Center Aids Pre-law Students

Jeff Leuschel

When Jeff Leuschel realized that UT Arlington’s resources for pre-law students hadn’t evolved much since he graduated in 1977, he was motivated to change things.

A partner in the Dallas office of McCall, Parkhurst & Horton LLP, Leuschel became actively involved in creating the Pre-Law Center. Since launching in 2012, the center has partnered with alumni as well as local corporations such as AT&T to provide financial support and one-on-one mentoring for aspiring lawyers.

“Much of the groundwork that led to my having a successful legal career was the result of my UTA education,” he says. “I am fortunate to give back to UTA and its students in this way. My hope is that the Pre-Law Center will provide our students with the tools and means to compete with students around the country in pursuing a career in law.”

Leuschel was back on campus in April when the Pre-Law Center hosted a master class by NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and held a reception prior to her Maverick Speakers Series engagement. He and Andrew Sommerman ’83, an attorney in the Dallas office of Sommerman & Quesada, urged fellow attorneys to support the center.

“Many have answered the call, and as a result the center is reaching more students,” Sommerman says. “But there is still more to do.”

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the Pre-Law Center helps students travel to seminars and moot court competitions and funds internships and scholarships for LSAT preparation.

To learn more about how to contribute, contact Christy Pierce at


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