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Law School Admission Council Awards $1.5 Million To Five Law Schools

Students Receive Stipends & Fee Waivers to Prepare for Law School

NEWTOWN, PA—The University of Akron School of Law, The University of Alabama School of Law, Duke University School of Law, University of Houston Law Center, and St. John’s University School of Law will have the resources to assist first- and second-year college students who want to learn more about the legal profession and earn a law degree thanks to a Law School Admission Council Diversity Initiatives grant program.

LSAC’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program is designed to increase the number of lawyers from underrepresented groups by introducing college students early on to the skills important for success in law school. Each of the five law schools will receive a three-year grant totaling $300,000, dispersed in three $100,000 installments, so that each can host 20-30 participants for about four weeks during three summers, paying them a stipend of $1,000 each. Upon completing the program, participants also receive an LSAC fee waiver that they can use to cover the cost of taking the LSAT, all of their law school application fees, and registering for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. A free Official LSAT SuperPrep book is included as part fee waiver package.

“We consider LSAC PLUS programs to be an investment in the future of the diversity of the legal profession,” said Kellye Testy, LSAC President and CEO.  “The schools that are the recipients of PLUS grants have designed programs that introduce students from diverse backgrounds to the rigors and rewards of a career in law. Grants for PLUS programs are provided by LSAC’s Diversity Initiatives Fund.”

Since 2002, 23 LSAC-member law schools have received grants to host these programs, with 2,342 students participating. The majority of participants—51 percent—have been African American, followed by Hispanic/Latino participants at 14.7 percent. Of these DLPP alumni, 79 percent were admitted to law school, compared to 72 percent of similar applicants. PLUS alumni were also admitted to more law schools, with 3.4 admits for participants compared to 2.7 admits for similar applicants. Alumni also improved their undergraduate GPA by an average of 2.7 percent from freshman year to the time of law school application, compared to a GPA average drop of -0.5% for similar applicants.

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About the Law School Admission Council

LSAC is a membership-driven legal education association that provides essential products and services to ease the admission process for law schools and their applicants worldwide. Currently, 221 law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia are members of the Council and benefit from LSAC’s services. For all users, LSAC strives to provide the highest quality of products, services, and customer service. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT), with about 100,000 tests administered annually at testing centers worldwide, is an integral part of the admission process at law schools in the US, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. The test helps law schools make sound admission decisions by providing a standard measure of critical reasoning and reading skills that are essential for success in law school. LSAC also processes academic credentials for an average of 60,000 law school applicants annually, which streamlines the admission process for applicants and the schools to which they apply, provides admission software and data that is used by all member law schools, and hosts law school recruitment forums to help law schools and applicants find each other. LSAC is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession and supports programs and organizations that share this goal.

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