Frequently Asked Questions
The LexScholars Post-Baccalaureate Program (LexPostBacc) is a deferred admission program that provides law schools with a means of broadening access to legal education for promising applicants who may need additional preparation and exposure prior to starting law school. During the 2022-2023 admission cycle, participating law schools will be able to offer admission, deferred to Fall 2024, to applicants, conditioned on the applicants’ completion of the LexPostBacc curriculum.
From July 2023 through June 2024, LexPostBacc Scholars will be exposed to a rigorous law school prep curriculum that will focus on LSAT preparation, building analytical and critical thinking skills and financial education and literacy. The curriculum will require participants to spend about 10 hours per week completing exercises, tasks and assessments. More information about the curriculum can be found here.
In order to participate in LexPostBacc, applicants must be referred by a participating law school and meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a member of one or more of the following groups:
- A racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in legal education
- A first-generation bachelor’s degree graduate
- A Pell Grant recipient as an undergraduate
- Possess a bachelor’s degree or will receive a bachelor’s degree by August 2023
- Have a highest LSAT score no higher than the 25th percentile among the national pool of test-takers (according to CAS report)
- Have not previously enrolled in a J.D. program at an ABA-approved law school
- Commit to enroll at the referring law school, upon successful completion of the program
The 25th percentile LSAT cap is based on the pool of all LSAT takers nationally. The cap ranges from 144 to 146, based on the specific test administration. Any score at or below this level meets the test score criterion. A test taker’s score percentile is provided on the CAS report.
There are no program costs for law schools or the applicants they refer.
Law school applicants who have been referred to LexPostBacc must submit the LexPostBacc Application by May 14, 2023. Once their eligibility is verified, applicants will be required to sign a LexPostBacc Participation Agreement, certifying that they are no longer pursuing admission to other law schools and will not submit any new law school applications in the future.
LexPostBacc offers a pathway to law school admission for promising applicants who may have difficulty otherwise gaining admission. Program participants, called Scholars, will be exposed to a rigorous year-long law school prep curriculum premised on increasing their odds of law school success. Participants will also receive generous financial support. Referring law schools will offer participants a renewable scholarship of at least 20% of tuition. AccessLex will offer participants a $3,000 stipend, payable over their course of law school study ($1,000 each year for full-time students and $750 per year for part-time students). More information about the curriculum can be found here.
Deferred admission offers made as part of LexPostBacc are binding, once accepted. Applicants will be required to sign a program participation agreement that certifies that the applicant will attend the law school that made the deferred admission offer and will not seek admission elsewhere for at least 18 months.
No. Deferred admission offers made as part of LexPostBacc are conditioned on applicants successfully completing the program. Therefore, failure to complete the program invalidates the offer.