LSAC’s PLUS Program is designed to increase the number of lawyers from underrepresented groups by introducing first- and second-year college students to the skills important for success in law school. The program is funded by LSAC’s Diversity Initiatives Fund, and all LSAC member law schools are eligible to submit proposals.
Between 2002 and 2019, LSAC funded PLUS programs at 27 law schools for 2,713 students. These residential summer programs introduced participants to fundamental legal skills, including writing and the analysis of complex materials, through courses taught collaboratively by law and college professors. Some programs also provided one-on-one guidance from qualified counselors and placement with mentors to assist in participants’ educational and professional development. There was no cost to attend, and participants received both a stipend and an LSAC fee waiver.
In summer 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LSAC PLUS grant funds supported the implementation of PLUS Online programs at 7 law schools for 185 undergraduate students. These students completed more than 40 hours of synchronous programming, including a doctrinal legal course and a legal writing course. They were also invited to participate in the Prelaw Focus webinar series offered by LSAC.
Due to the pandemic, LSAC deferred 2020 PLUS Program grant recipients’ awards until 2021. For this reason, the Request for Proposals to host an LSAC PLUS Program in 2021 have been canceled. Additional information about future PLUS Programs will be forthcoming.
If you have any questions regarding the LSAC PLUS Program grant, please contact Fé LopezGaetke at flopez@LSAC.org or 267.562.1827.
LSAC PLUS Program Branding Resources
We’ve created a branding resource guide to make it easy for you to use LSAC’s brand in the right way as you prepare your LSAC PLUS Program marketing and communication materials.