Minority groups have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession. Both law school and the profession do not currently reflect the vibrant and expanding racial and ethnic population of our society.
Law schools seek qualified African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American students, as well as other students of color, to enrich the learning process for all students. Ethnic/racial identity is self-reported on your LSAC registration or on your law school application materials (or both). You should answer questions about race and ethnicity as completely as possible. Some law schools are not permitted by state law to inquire about a candidate's race or ethnicity. However, many still do, and this information is one of many factors a law school may consider when reviewing your application.
Is admission criteria different for diverse applicants?
No. Law schools will select candidates who fall somewhere on a flexible continuum of their particular academic parameters and who contribute to a diverse class as well. Each applicant may potentially offer something distinctive to a class—diversity (e.g., race or ethnicity) is one factor among many in a whole-file review. Other factors include your LSAT score and your undergraduate GPA, strong letters of recommendation, personal statements, work experience, community service, a special interest, or demonstrated strength of character. Each of these factors will contribute to a robust exchange of ideas in the law school community.
What if my LSAT score and UGPA are low?
If your LSAT score is low, consider retaking the test. We encourage you to take advantage of the free, official online LSAT prep program that LSAC has developed in partnership with Khan Academy. This diagnostic assessment creates a personalized practice plan that will help build the skills and confidence you need to succeed on the LSAT.
Some law schools offer conditional admission programs for applicants with low UGPA or LSAT scores. After successfully completing the program, you may be offered admission to the law school.
Get Prepared with a PLUS Program
LSAC's four-week Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) programs provide an intense focus on the skills required to succeed in law school, the admission process, and a legal career.
PLUS programs are designed for students in the first two years of college and are targeted at, but not restricted to, students from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession.