LSAC Announces Two Scholarships for LSAT—India™ Test Takers

March 24, 2020

NEW DELHI, INDIA – The Law School Admission Council (LSAC®), a U.S.-based, not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting quality, access, and equity in law and education worldwide, today announced two scholarships that will give aspiring lawyers taking the upcoming LSAT—India test the opportunity to study at some of the best law schools in India.

The LSAT—India Topper Scholarship, which is being awarded for the second consecutive year, will offer up to a maximum of ₹4 lac to the 2020 LSATIndia Scholar — the test taker who achieves the overall highest reported score on the LSAT—India at the upcoming 17 May 2020 test administration.

In addition, LSAC is also introducing a new scholarship, the Shamnad Basheer Access to Justice Scholarship, which will be based on the results of an essay competition. A maximum of ₹4 lac will be awarded to the 2020 LSATIndia test taker who submits the winning essay. Details about the application process and deadline are currently available on the website. The submission deadline for entries is Friday, 8 May 2020.

Kevin Washburn, chair of the LSAC Board of Trustees, said, “Diversity has always been central to the Law School Admission Council’s mission, and I’m pleased to introduce the Shamnad Basheer Access to Justice Scholarship that extends his longstanding commitment to improving access to legal education for deserving students across India’s socioeconomic groups. Along with the second edition of the LSAT—India Topper Scholarship, we are hopeful that these opportunities will empower law students on their journey to becoming world-class lawyers.”

IDIA Charitable Trust said, "Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer founded IDIA Charitable Trust to foster greater diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the legal ecosystem. The scholarships announced by LSAC are a great step forward in this direction. We hope to see many more such initiatives such as needs-based scholarships, bridge programs, and accessible preparatory materials. Congratulations to LSAC for this wonderful initiative honouring Prof. Basheer."

These scholarships will cover tuition and halls of residence fees for the first year of the law programme, up to the maximum amount allocated for each scholarship. Any unutilised amount from the first year can be rolled over to the subsequent year of law college. LSAC® will also have the scholars present during future LSAC Global events. For more information on the scholarships and their terms and conditions, please visit

LSAT—India™ is one of the leading entrance tests for undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes in India, accepted by top law colleges as one of their admission criteria. Applicants can register for the 17 May 2020 LSAT—India™ exam by visiting They can also prepare for the test using the material that is free to download from

About LSAT—India™

LSAT—India™ is a standardised test adopted as an admission criterion by multiple law colleges across India. It measures skills that are considered essential for success in law school. LSAT—India™ is specially created for admission to law schools in India by the Law School Admission Council, USA (LSAC). LSAC has been helping law schools in various countries evaluate the critical thinking skills of their applicants for more than 70 years.


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LSAC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance law and justice by promoting access, equity, and fairness in law school admission and supporting the learning journey from prelaw through practice. LSAC provides products and services that support candidates and schools throughout the law school admission process, and innovative solutions to expand and diversify the range of prelaw students, enhance student outcomes in law school, and support legal professionals throughout their careers.