Overview

 

 

 

 

The 2020 application cycle is now open! The first 250 applicants to submit all required materials will be selected for LexScholars. The earlier you apply, the better!

 

The legal profession is the least diverse profession in the United States. The demographics of the profession are a direct reflection of unequal access to legal education. 

LexScholars is a diversity pipeline initiative aimed at learning more about effective methods for increasing law school diversity by providing more than 1,200 aspiring lawyers with resources and guidance to pursue their goal of attending law school.

LexScholars targets prospective law students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds who possess potential for law school success but may be unlikely to gain admission due to unfavorable LSAT scores and undergraduate grades.

LexScholars participants will benefit from access to various resources, including LSAT preparation; law school admission counseling; financial education; wellness training; and writing skills development. There are no costs associated with LexScholars. Some participants will receive stipends and other financial aid.

As a condition of participation, LexScholars participants will allow AccessLex researchers to track their law school admission experiences and outcomes, and use that information to aid their progression and develop diversity pipeline models that will benefit legal education, the profession, and society.

LexScholars Overview

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The 2020 application cycle is now open! The first 250 applicants to submit all required materials will be selected for LexScholars. The earlier you apply, the better!

 

The legal profession is the least diverse profession in the United States. The demographics of the profession are a direct reflection of unequal access to legal education. 

LexScholars is a diversity pipeline initiative aimed at learning more about effective methods for increasing law school diversity by providing more than 1,200 aspiring lawyers with resources and guidance to pursue their goal of attending law school.

LexScholars targets prospective law students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds who possess potential for law school success but may be unlikely to gain admission due to unfavorable LSAT scores and undergraduate grades.

LexScholars participants will benefit from access to various resources, including LSAT preparation; law school admission counseling; financial education; wellness training; and writing skills development. There are no costs associated with LexScholars. Some participants will receive stipends and other financial aid.

As a condition of participation, LexScholars participants will allow AccessLex researchers to track their law school admission experiences and outcomes, and use that information to aid their progression and develop diversity pipeline models that will benefit legal education, the profession, and society.


 

 

 

 

Program Design

 

 

 

LexScholars uses a cohort-based model of engaging and tracking participants. In 2020, LexScholars will consist of 250 participants:

 

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Who will they be: 250 LexScholars participants who possess or will receive a bachelor’s degree by August 2021, who plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2021 entering class.

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What will they receive: The first 50 applicants to submit all required materials will receive:

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LSAT Prep and Admission Counseling Group (50 participants)

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Kaplan Online LSAT course, starting on August 1, 2020

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Ongoing admission counseling throughout the application process, starting on August 1, 2020

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Ongoing financial education

The next 200 applicants to submit all required materials will receive:

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LSAT Prep Only Group (200 participants)

▪  

Kaplan Online LSAT course, starting on August 1, 2020




 

Program Design

 

LexScholars uses a cohort-based model of engaging and tracking participants. In 2020, LexScholars will consist of 250 participants:

 

•  

Who will they be: 250 LexScholars participants who possess or will receive a bachelor’s degree by August 2021, who plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2021 entering class.

•  

What will they receive: The first 50 applicants to submit all required materials will receive:

⚬  

LSAT Prep and Admission Counseling Group (50 participants)

▪  

Kaplan Online LSAT course, starting on August 1, 2020

▪  

Ongoing admission counseling throughout the application process, starting on August 1, 2020

▪  

Ongoing financial education

The next 200 applicants to submit all required materials will receive:

⚬  

LSAT Prep Only Group (200 participants)

▪  

Kaplan Online LSAT course, starting on August 1, 2020

 

As a condition of participation in LexScholars, participants will be required to submit monthly reports and complete surveys detailing their experiences during the law school admission process. An online reporting form will be forwarded to participants via email each month, beginning in September and continuing through August of the following year. Participants will complete and submit reporting forms and surveys online. The participant research agreement will outline the complete scope of ongoing obligations and responsibilities associated with LexScholars participation.


 

 

 

 

 

Eligibility

 

 

 

 

During the 2020-2021 cycle, LexScholars will enroll 250 participants. To be eligible, applicants must:

 

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Be a member of a racial, ethnic, and/or socioeconomic group that is underrepresented in legal education

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Possess a bachelor’s degree or will receive a bachelor’s degree by August 2021

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Plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2021 entering class

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Have a LexScholars UGPA/LSAT index score less than 148

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Calculate your Index by adding your cumulative undergraduate GPA to your highest LSAT score. Example: 3.30 UGPA + 144 High LSAT = 147.3 Index

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For applicants who have not taken the LSAT, your highest score on the GRE, GMAT, SAT, or ACT may be submitted. To be eligible for the program, the score cannot be higher than the 50th percentile. We will consider the overall score on the exam or the reading/English section.

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Have not previously enrolled in a JD program at an ABA-approved law school

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Submit all required application materials early enough to be selected.


All applicants will be required to agree to the terms outlined in the Applicant Consent Form, and to consent to the terms of AccessLex's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

 

 




 

Eligibility

 

During the 2020-2021 cycle, LexScholars will enroll 250 participants. To be eligible, applicants must:

 

•  

Be a member of a racial, ethnic, and/or socioeconomic group that is underrepresented in legal education

•  

Possess a bachelor’s degree or will receive a bachelor’s degree by August 2021

•  

Plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2021 entering class

•  

Have a LexScholars UGPA/LSAT index score less than 148

⚬  

Calculate your Index by adding your cumulative undergraduate GPA to your highest LSAT score. Example: 3.30 UGPA + 144 High LSAT = 147.3 Index

⚬  

For applicants who have not taken the LSAT, your highest score on the GRE, GMAT, SAT, or ACT may be submitted. To be eligible for the program, the score cannot be higher than the 50th percentile. We will consider the overall score on the exam or the reading/English section.

•  

Have not previously enrolled in a JD program at an ABA-approved law school

•  

Submit all required application materials early enough to be selected.


All applicants will be required to agree to the terms outlined in the Applicant Consent Form, and to consent to the terms of AccessLex's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


 

 

 

 

Selection Process

 

 

 

Eligible LexScholars applicants will be selected for the program in the order in which they submit all required application documents, including two recommender assessments:


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The first 50 applicants to submit all required documents will receive a Kaplan online LSAT course and comprehensive law school admission counseling.

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The next 200 applicants to submit all required documents will receive a Kaplan online LSAT course.


The sooner you submit all required documents, the better your chance of being accepted into LexScholars and the better your chance of receiving both the Kaplan online LSAT course and comprehensive law school admission counseling.

The “ideal” LexScholars participant has endured multilayered disadvantages and has a clear, preferably demonstrated, commitment to pursuing admission to law school, but is unlikely to gain admission without targeted assistance.

 

 

Important Dates


Application Opens: February 3 

Application Materials Due: No later than June 1
(The first 250 eligible applicants will be selected. Early submission is greatly encouraged.) 

Admission Counseling Starts: Mid-July

Kaplan LSAT Online Course Opens: August 1

 




 

Selection Process

 

 

Eligible LexScholars applicants will be selected for the program in the order in which they submit all required application documents, including two recommender assessments:


•  

The first 50 applicants to submit all required documents will receive a Kaplan online LSAT course and comprehensive law school admission counseling.

•  

The next 200 applicants to submit all required documents will receive a Kaplan online LSAT course.


The sooner you submit all required documents, the better your chance of being accepted into LexScholars and the better your chance of receiving both the Kaplan online LSAT course and comprehensive law school admission counseling.

The “ideal” LexScholars participant has endured multilayered disadvantages and has a clear, preferably demonstrated, commitment to pursuing admission to law school, but is unlikely to gain admission without targeted assistance.

 

 

Important Dates


Application Opens: February 3 

Application Materials Due: No later than June 1
(The first 250 eligible applicants will be selected. Early submission is greatly encouraged.) 

Admission Counseling Starts: Mid-July

Kaplan LSAT Online Course Opens: August 1

 


 

LexScholars Application

 

The LexScholars application consists of the following components:

  Applicant information form and supporting documents, including:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Standardized test score reports
  • Financial aid award letter, if claiming receipt of a Pell Grant

  Two recommender assessments

  • Applicants are required to provide contact information for 2-3 recommenders. Recommenders will receive a link to an online form on which they will be asked to assess applicants on up to ten qualities that have been associated with effective lawyering. At least two recommender assessments must be submitted by April 1. You can download a copy of the assessment here.

 

For more information on the LexScholars program, eligibility or the application process, please review our FAQs page.

 

 

Apply to LexScholars

 

Questions on any aspect of the LexScholars by AccessLexSM program, email us at LexScholars@AccessLex.org.