LSAC Resources for Law School Deans

LSAC’s Commitment to Access and Equity in the Legal Ecosystem

For 75 years, we have championed access and equity in legal education by expanding educational opportunities; making the world of legal education more diverse and inclusive; and working together to build a more just and prosperous world. As part of its mission, LSAC not only provides comprehensive and personalized support to law schools and prelaw advisors, but also partners with individuals to help them succeed in their journey from prelaw through practice.

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A Note from LSAC President and CEO, Kellye Y. Testy

Whether you are new to your role as dean or have been a dean for many years, LSAC’s Deans’ Resources page will help you do a tough job better. I know because I’m a former dean of two law schools and wish I had had these resources when I was deaning.

I’d encourage you to bookmark this page as you’ll find resources yearlong that can help you:

  • Build your pipeline, advise prelaw students, and support others in those efforts
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive law school environment
  • Analyze data and meet your unique enrollment goals
  • Grow professionally and support the professional development of your staff

Please reach out to me or any of my colleagues at LSAC throughout the year if we can be of service in any way. We’re here to help you succeed as we advance our mission.

Lastly, I want to thank you for committing your life’s work to advancing law and justice. LSAC was created 75 years ago by law deans who wanted to make legal education accessible and equitable. As we celebrate LSAC’s 75th anniversary this year and I reflect on this video opens in new window, I am reinvigorated to push even farther and faster to fulfill our mission. I appreciate that we are in this together and I honor those who came before us.

Best Regards,

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Supporting Your Enrollment Goals

LSAC’s interactive Volume Dashboard allows you to break down current applicant data by region, race or ethnicity, gender identity, and LSAT score, and we also maintain volume summaries for previous academic years. Other LSAC tools include the Credential Assembly Service, simplifies the application process for schools and candidates. And LSAC Unite®, an intuitive and efficient enrollment management system, was developed to help your staff streamline admission, marketing, and recruiting processes.

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Professional Identity Formation Program

LSAC’s Professional Identity Formation Program focuses on the values, guiding principles, and well-being practices considered foundational to successful legal practice. Beginning in fall 2022, the program consists of seven courses taught by nationally renowned subject matter experts and can be found through LawHub, a place where individuals can get tools and resources to support their learning journey from prelaw through practice. This asynchronous program is designed to meet the ABA's recently amended Standard 303, which requires law schools to “provide substantial opportunities to students for the development of a professional identity.”

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LSAC Law School Forums

Hosted annually, our Law School Forums provide invaluable opportunities for candidates and law school staff. These events allow candidates to connect directly with representatives from more than 100 law schools in one place, attend exclusive workshops run by law school admission and financial aid experts, and get information and answers to questions they may have. These events are geared toward candidates interested in JD and LLM programs, along with those considering law-related master’s degrees and certificate programs. After the success of virtual Forums during the COVID-19 pandemic, LSAC is moving forward with a “hybrid” schedule of both virtual and in-person Forums, allowing law schools to reach as many candidates as possible.

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Candidate Referral Service

The Candidate Referral Service is a database of prospective candidates provided to member law schools, allowing you to recruit based on specific characteristics. You can search JD applicants by LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, age, citizenship, or other factors. Candidates can register for free with an LSAC.org account, and the database allows you to find candidates who might not otherwise have considered applying to your school.

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LSAC Legal Education Consulting

Legal Education Consulting (PDF) is a suite of individually tailored services designed to help your school meet its unique goals, including enrollment management, admission staffing, accreditation, bar passage, comprehensive strategy planning, and more. After decades in the industry, LSAC knows law schools inside and out, and our work combines data expertise with interpretive insights and understanding. Legal Education Consulting is part of LSAC’s commitment to innovation and new offerings to support member law schools. We look forward to becoming your partner in developing the best approach to address your challenges. 

About the LSAT®

Correlation studies consistently show that LSAT score combined with undergraduate GPA is the single best predictor of first-year law school success. Every question on the LSAT undergoes a rigorous testing process, and our measurement scientists and test developers continually research the performance of the test to ensure that the LSAT is the most effective, fair, and valid assessment of candidates’ potential for success in law school. At LSAC, we believe that affordable, high quality test preparation resources should be accessible to all. Candidates can choose the test preparation approaches that feels most comfortable so they can be set up for success.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

The most effective and just legal system is one that reflects the communities it represents, and reaching that ideal begins with investing in the legal education pipeline to build a more diverse and equitable future. LSAC’s long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in legal education and the legal profession is evident in its collective and inclusive efforts to support diverse candidates, students, and the law school staff. These efforts include LSAC’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Programs, which is specifically aimed at undergraduate students and prospective law school applicants one year away from applying who are from minoritized groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession. We also award DEI Pipeline grants for innovative proposals that focus on and impact diversity in the law school pipeline. And we lead the way in providing supportive professional development to support diverse law school staff and the students they serve.

Diversity in Law School

LSAC DEI Pipeline Grant

Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS)

RISE Alliance™

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Deans Dialogue and Other Webinars

LSAC is committed to supporting and uniting our schools, candidates, and other valued members of the legal education community. In service of that goal, we present a series of recurring, audience-specific webinars covering a broad range of topics. These include:

  • A Deans Dialogue series, hosted by LSAC President and CEO Kellye Testy, which addresses the most important issues you’re facing today.
  • Monthly webinars designed for admission professionals to keep your admission staff informed and updated on topics of interest and importance. The webinars also create an opportunity for presenters and attendees to share best practices for how they work.
  • Monthly webinars for prelaw advisors that center on how to best serve their students and prepare them for their legal education journeys.
  • LSAC’s popular LSAC LawHub® webinar series, which is designed to support candidates by addressing their most pressing concerns while offering insights from law school administrators on the current state of admissions.
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Communication

If you’re looking for trends and information in the world of legal education, look no further than LSAC Insights, a one-stop destination for the latest research, data, and news about our profession. We also offer regular updates on LSAC initiatives, profiles of candidates who’ve found success in law school and the justice system, and more on LSAC’s Law:Fully blog.

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Helpful Resources

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LSAC LawHub®

LSAC’s LawHub is relied upon by hundreds of thousands of law candidates for test preparation and other services — including taking the LSAT® itself. LawHub is now expanding to provide additional support to candidates along their prelaw through practice learning journey.

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