A blog exploring all aspects of law and legal education — the future of the legal profession, access to justice, diversity and inclusion, testing and assessment, law and technology, and more.
How is the LSAT used by law schools in the admission process? I spoke with Marcilynn Burke, dean of the University of Oregon School of Law, about what makes a law school student successful — and how the LSAT can help predict that success.
This week’s holiday honors the memory of slain civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but Shirley Jefferson’s memories of him, and the movement for which he fought, are much more personal. Born in segregated Alabama, she marched and protested with Dr. King, integrated her high school, and developed a lifelong commitment to fighting injustice as a lawyer.
Derrick Sawyer made the decision to pursue a legal education later in life than most students do. For him, though, the desire to be a lifelong learner just comes naturally.
Luisa Hernandez came to the United States from Venezuela with her family when she was 13. She didn’t speak English, lived in a low-income neighborhood, and attended a school that was struggling to meet its students’ needs. But a family role model helped her decide what she wanted to do with her life.
Marc Maurer’s story is nothing short of inspiring. He’s been blind since he was an infant, and he attended law school at a time when accommodations for students with disabilities were a far cry from what they are today. I recently was honored to speak with Marc about his background, the challenges he’s faced in his career, and how those with disabilities can make a difference in the legal profession.
In October, iLaw President Ken Randall and I had the honor of hosting an episode of “Live with Kellye and Ken.” The topic was navigating the law school application process, and with 4,000 registrants, it was one of our most popular episodes ever.
Today, December 3, is the United Nations’ International Day of Persons With Disabilities. The U.N. has marked this occasion since 1992, and the goal of the observance is to “promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.” That goal is at the core of our mission at LSAC, where we’ve worked hard to help people with disabilities enter the legal profession and add their diverse voices to our justice system.
On this Veterans Day, as we salute those who serve or have served, we want to share Valentina’s story as an example of how military enlistment can play a vital role in achieving a law degree — and, in turn, help diversify the legal profession and make justice accessible for all.
For me, the importance of our Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) programs is obvious: Our legal system needs to look more like the increasingly diverse and complex society it serves...