LawReady™ Is Gearing Up for Another Successful Year
Last year was a pivotal time for LawReady, LSAC’s additional pathway to law school, as we worked to create a program that promises to offer opportunities to students who otherwise might not consider a career in law or pursue legal education. As we begin the new year, we are taking steps to further develop LawReady in preparation for its full launch in fall 2023.
LawReady has come a long way since we first announced the program in March 2022. By fall 2022, the program received its permanent name, which reflects its purpose of equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in law school and beyond.
In December, we wrapped up the fall semester of our pilot study at four undergraduate institutions. Pilot instructors were impressed by the program and reported a positive response from students, who are already experiencing the benefits of LawReady’s academic framework. Read feedback from two instructors here.
We also had 64 law schools sign on as early adopters of the program, signifying they will consider LawReady completion as part of their own holistic admission process. We now have nearly 75 participating law schools, and that number continues to grow. We are thrilled at the positive response from law schools, who appreciate our vision that the program will improve student outcomes by meeting undergraduate students earlier in their academic journeys and broadening access for even more individuals to consider law.
This spring, we will continue our pilot study by adding two additional schools: The University at Albany – State University of New York and Dillard University. We will also embark on a concurrent validity study to ensure the validity and efficacy of LawReady’s measures. We are enrolling about 250 1L students for participation in this study, which will examine the relationship between performance on the new LawReady measures and law school outcomes, such as first-year law school GPA.
Additionally, we are in the process of meeting with schools that are interested in bringing LawReady to their campuses in the fall. This group of schools will be the first to host LawReady when the full program launches, signifying their commitment to innovation, access, and equity in legal education.
LawReady would not be where it is today without the valuable input of the program’s advisory committee, design partner institutions, prelaw advisors, and others. We would like to thank all those who have helped us to shape this groundbreaking new program. We are excited for the future of LawReady and will share more updates as the program progresses.