LSAC Introduces the Legal Education Program
A bold new LSAC initiative will offer undergraduate students a new, holistic pathway to law school. LSAC’s Legal Education Program, which is being developed now, will provide a valid and reliable alternative to the LSAT for law school admission in the future. The Legal Education Program will be equally valuable and useful in determining the likelihood that a student will successfully complete the first year of law school. Read LSAC’s official announcement here.
The Legal Education Program Is Coming Soon!
LSAC plans to begin pilot programs of the Legal Education Program with undergraduate institutions in fall 2022. Keep an eye out for more updates on this exciting new program as it develops. LSAC looks forward to continuing to support enrollment and learning journeys from prelaw through practice.
Meet LSAC’s Legal Education Program Advisory Committee
We have assembled a group of exceptional leaders and thinkers from legal and undergraduate education and the legal profession to help advise and shape the Legal Education Program. We will continue to add members to this advisory committee over time.
Higher Education Design Partner Institutions
We are honored to be working closely with several design partner schools – undergraduate institutions that are helping us to shape the program to make sure it truly meets the needs of students.
Frequently Asked Questions about the LSAC Legal Education Program
What is LSAC’s Legal Education Program?
LSAC’s Legal Education Program is a bold undergraduate initiative designed to offer a new, holistic pathway to law school. The program will improve student outcomes by helping undergraduate students in three key areas:
- Developing and demonstrating mastery of the skills necessary for success in law school
- Providing a better understanding of the legal profession and law school experience, and tools for navigating the journey from admission to a career in law
- Equipping students with strong support networks to help them throughout their legal education journeys.
Building on LSAC’s years of experience in supporting law schools and students with a range of assessment tools, educational resources, and candidate recruitment programs, LSAC’s Legal Education Program will attract even more individuals to consider law and address many of the challenges and barriers that prospective students face.
Why is LSAC exploring an alternative path to law school?
We see an opportunity to create an alternative pathway to law school that begins when a student needs it most 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 LSAC’s Legal Education Program?
We will begin pilot programs of the Legal Education Program with a small number of undergraduate institutions in the fall of 2022, with a larger scale launch anticipated for the fall of 2023.
How is LSAC developing the Legal Education Program?
LSAC is working with law schools, undergraduate institutions, students, leaders in the legal profession, and other stakeholders to develop the Legal Education Program. As part of this effort, we have assembled an exceptional advisory committee composed of leaders in legal and undergraduate education, and the legal profession, to provide their input and perspectives as we develop the Legal Education Program. We are also working closely with several design partner schools – undergraduate institutions that are helping us to shape the overall program. This initiative builds on LSAC’s years of experience in supporting law schools and students with a range of assessment tools, educational resources, and student recruitment programs. We will share more details at periodic intervals as we build out the program.
How long will LSAC’s Legal Education Program take to complete?
We are still in the process of designing, building, and testing the program, but the academic component will be designed so it can be completed in two years or less.
Do students have to major in a specific subject to participate in LSAC’s Legal Education Program?
No. LSAC’s Legal Education Program will not require students to lock into a specific undergraduate major. Students will be able to pursue the undergraduate major of their choice – be it engineering, math, philosophy, or any other field – while satisfying the requirements for the Legal Education Program. Upon graduation with their major of choice – and including satisfying the requirements for the Legal Education Program certificate – students can either choose law school or move forward to build a career in the area in which they received their undergraduate degree. The skills developed and measured in the Legal Education Program will be crucial to many professions.
Do you expect LSAC’s Legal Education Program to increase diversity in legal education?
Yes. By meeting potential students earlier in their academic careers and helping students develop the skills and support needed to define, pursue, and succeed in their educational goals, we believe the Legal Education Program could provide greater opportunity and access for many individuals, including groups that are historically minoritized and under-represented in the legal profession.
Will LSAC’s Legal Education Program replace the LSAT for law school admissions?
No. We believe the Legal Education Program will provide a valid and reliable alternative for law school admission in the future that will complement the proven LSAT exam. 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 Legal Education Program 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 the Legal Education Program will provide two excellent pathways to law school so that prospective students can choose the pathway that best meets their needs.
Is LSAC’s Legal Education Program the actual name of the program?
No, we are calling this initiative “LSAC’s Legal Education Program” as a descriptive placeholder name while we work with law schools, undergraduate institutions, and other stakeholders to develop the program. We will announce the permanent name at the appropriate time in the future.
More Resources on LSAC.org
An integral part of law school admission, the LSAT tests the skills necessary for the first year of law school. Learn about the test and find upcoming test dates here.
Practice with Official LSAT content, attend engaging webinars and other events, and more on LSAC’s platform for those at all stages of the legal education journey.