A Part of Your Holistic Admission Process
LawReady will equip students with the skills needed for law school success, making it a valid and reliable pathway for admission in the future. The LawReady assessments, certificate, and digital portfolio will provide valuable information related to the likelihood that a student will successfully complete their first year of law school. LawReady will provide an additional pathway to law school that meets students earlier in their academic careers, resulting in a broader and increasingly diverse pipeline of aspiring legal professionals.
Through a holistic approach centered on helping students build the skills and support needed to define, pursue, and succeed in their educational goals, LawReady will provide participants with:
- Confidence-building and better preparation to meet the academic rigors of law school
- A deeper understanding of the foundational skills required to succeed both in and out of the classroom
- Access and opportunity to explore and pursue a future career in law
- Assessments that measure readiness for law school
How We Built the LawReady Program
LSAC is working with law schools, undergraduate institutions, students, leaders in the legal profession, and other stakeholders to develop LawReady. This initiative builds on LSAC’s years of experience in supporting law schools and students.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I use LawReady to support our admission decisions?
The LawReady certificate and digital portfolio, which includes detailed information about participation and performance in the program, can be used as additional factors in a holistic admission process. LawReady encompasses a broad range of skills, abilities, and personal characteristics which were selected based on research evidence linking them to success in law school and the legal profession. By taking additional factors into account, LawReady may help your school identify a broader and more diverse pool of applicants who are likely to succeed at your institution.
Will LawReady replace the LSAT for law school admission?
No. LawReady will equip students with the skills needed for law school success, making it a valid and reliable pathway for admission in the future. For many individuals who are considering law school, the LSAT is a great pathway, particularly for students who decide to pursue law school later in their undergraduate career, individuals who decide to pursue law school after spending some time in the workforce, and many others. For other individuals, LSAC’s LawReady will be a great pathway to learn more about the legal profession and the law school experience and to develop the skills and support systems to help them throughout their legal education journeys. The LSAT and LawReady will provide two excellent pathways to law school so that prospective law students can choose the pathway that best meets their needs.
Why is LSAC exploring an alternative pathway to law school?
There is an increasing need to create an alternative pathway to law school that meets students earlier in their academic careers and helps them build the skills needed for success in law school as part of their regular undergraduate coursework. We envision a pathway that helps students navigate the law school admission process while they build their skills, support network, and sense of belonging. We believe this program could help attract students who may never have considered law school and help them develop the confidence, capacity, and commitment to make a difference in law and justice.
What is the timeline for the launch of LawReady?
We anticipate that our first cohort of LawReady students will begin applying to law school with LawReady certificates in fall 2024 for fall 2025 admission.
How does LawReady seek to support diversity in the legal profession?
By meeting potential law students earlier in their academic careers and helping them develop the skills and support needed to define, pursue, and succeed in their educational goals, we believe LawReady could provide greater opportunity and access for many individuals, including groups that are historically minoritized and underrepresented in the legal profession.
Learn More about the LawReady Program
Want to join the growing list of member law schools participating in LawReady, or have questions about the program? Contact us at LawReady@LSAC.org.
Follow LSAC’s Law:Fully blog for the latest updates about LawReady’s progress as we further develop the program.
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