Going to Law School? CHH Can Help You Prepare.

It’s a different world:  fast paced learning style; Socratic Method; voluminous reading; complex procedural, technical and substantive analysis; intense writing; and logical argumentation.  The first year of law school is the most critical of the three year undertaking.  That’s where the Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-Law Program comes into play.  We prepare our students for the rigorous comprehensive first year study of law.

Program Overview

The CHH Institute, as it is affectionately called, was founded by Attorney Donald M. Temple in the summer of 1979.  The first two years of CHH offered concise summary lectures.   In 1981, then Georgetown Associate Dean, Everett Bellamy, joined forces with Mr. Temple. By year six, CHH expanded into an intense seven week program with approximately 100 class hours, a dynamic and comprehensive curriculum, a complement of six accomplished law professors-practitioners, and multiple guest lecturers. 

CHH, now in its 43rd year, has been recognized both the Washington and National Bar Associations for its unique and engaging preparation of students, as well as the commemoration of the life and work of Charles Hamilton Houston.  Its graduates have attended more than 50 different law schools throughout the nation including Howard, Georgetown, George Washington, Temple, American, University of Maryland, The University of the District of Columbia, William and Mary, Columbia, Fordham, University of Virginia, UCLA, Harvard,, University of Pennsylvania, Texas Southern, University of Florida, Florida A & M, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and the University of Chicago.

Monday-Friday Evening Classes
6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

All Classes Will Be Taught Online Via Zoom

All classes for the 2023 CHH Summer Institute will meet virtually online via Zoom.  Evening classes are held on weekdays Monday through Friday  from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Be advised that one class in June and one final exam in July will be scheduled during the day on a Saturday.  CHH Scholars should familiarize themselves with Zoom prior to the start of the program. CHH law professors will invite and provide CHH scholars with instruction and applicable ID# in order to access Zoom prior to the start of each class.  


The CHH course design and model provide students an intellectual and practical introduction to the study of law, with an emphasis on accelerated learning techniques in legal reading, case and legal analysis, exam taking, and appellate advocacy. By the conclusion of the program, students will have written a legal memorandum, taken three law school examinations, written and argued an appellate brief, and developed a network of fellow law students, CHH alumni, and supporting lawyers and judges, all prior to starting law school.

Courses Included: 

Introduction to the Study of Law (First Week Classes)
Civil Procedure (Written Final Exam)
Torts (Written Final Exam)
Contracts (Written Final Exam)
Legal Analysis and Writing (Draft Interoffice Memoranda of Law)
Legal Research and References (Legal Research Projects)
Appellate Advocacy (Draft a Brief and Argue Before a Panel of DC Judges)
Lecture on Day-to-Day Law School Management

Application Deadline:  Monday, May 1, 2023

Mandatory Orientation:  Saturday, June 10, 2023, 9:30am-2:00pm

First Class:  Monday, June 12, 2023

Charles Hamilton Houston Lecture: Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Moot Court Competition:  Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 6:30pm

Graduation:  Friday, July 28, 2023



Payment Deadline:

MONDAY, MAY 31, 2023

Checks, Money Orders & Cash Accepted 
Pay to the Order of:  ‘CHH Institute’

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Watch Mr. Donald Temple Lecture at Georgetown University Law Center