LexPreLaw Program Design and Eligibility
LexPreLaw Program Design and Eligibility

LexPreLaw Program Design and Eligibility

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Program Design

LexPreLaw uses a cohort-based model of engaging and observing participants. In 2023, LexPreLaw will enroll 125 aspiring lawyers who already possess or will obtain a bachelor’s degree by August 2024 and who plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2024 entering class.

  • What will they receive:
    LSAT Prep and Admission Counseling Group (50 participants):
    • Ongoing admission counseling throughout the application process, beginning on July 1, 2023
    • 8-week online LSAT prep course from Kaplan, beginning early July 2023
    • Ongoing access to financial education and law school informational resources from AccessLex
    • Financial assistance

    LSAT Prep Only Group (75 participants):

    • 8-week online LSAT prep course from Kaplan, beginning in early July 2023.
    • Ongoing access to financial education and law school informational resources from AccessLex
    • Financial assistance

As a condition of participation in LexPreLaw, participants are required to submit monthly reports 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 online. The participant research agreement will outline the complete scope of ongoing obligations and responsibilities associated with LexPreLaw participation. See a copy of the research agreement here.

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Eligibility

During the 2023-2024 cycle, LexPreLaw will enroll 125 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 2024.
  • Plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2024 entering class.
  • Have an existing LSAT score and have scored no higher than the 25th percentile.
  • Have not previously enrolled in a J.D. program at an ABA-approved law school.
  • Submit all required application materials while slots are still available.

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

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Selection Process

LexPreLaw slots will be filled on a first-come, first-selected basis. The earlier all required application materials are submitted, including two recommender assessments, the better the applicant's chances of being selected. Applicants will identify the Group to which they are applying on the application. When all slots in the LSAT Prep and Admission Counseling Group are filled, pending applicants for that Group will be automatically considered for available slots in the LSAT Prep Only Group.

  • LSAT Prep and Admission Counseling Group: The first 50 applicants to submit all required documents and select this Group as their preference will receive a Kaplan online LSAT course and comprehensive law school admission counseling, in addition to ongoing access to financial education, law school informational resources, and financial assistance from AccessLex.  
  • LSAT Prep Only Group: The first 75 applicants to submit all required documents and select this Group as their preference will receive a Kaplan online LSAT course and ongoing access to financial education, law school informational resources, and financial assistance from AccessLex.

The sooner all required documents are submitted, the better the applicant's chance of being selected for LexPreLaw. 

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LexPreLaw Application

Applying to LexPreLaw is a two-part process:

The Preliminary Application

A preliminary application must be completed to determine initial eligibility for the program. The preliminary application can be completed by anyone and will be accessible on this webpage beginning March 20, 2023.

For the Preliminary Application, the following is needed:

  • Basic information regarding the applicant’s age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, and family background;
  • Basic information about the applicant’s educational background, including cumulative undergraduate GPA (from the college/university that awarded or will award the applicant’s bachelor’s degree);
  • The applicant’s highest LSAT score and score percentile;
  • The amount and term of the applicant’s latest Pell Grant award (if the applicant is claiming such award); 
  • An email address where the applicant can receive LexPreLaw information (including a link to the Final Application); and
  • The names and email addresses of two to three recommenders.

Preliminary Applications are reviewed by program staff on a rolling basis, generally within three business days of submission. If the applicant meets the preliminary eligibility criteria, they will receive a unique link via email to submit the Final Application.

The Final Application

A link to the Final Application will be delivered to applicants via email upon a determination of preliminary eligibility.

In the Final Application, applicants must upload an academic transcript and LSAT score report demonstrating their highest LSAT score and score percentile. Upon submission of the Final Application, each recommender listed in the applicant's Preliminary Application will be emailed a link to the Recommender Assessment form.

For the Final Application, the following is needed:

  • A clear electronic copy of the applicant’s college/university transcript (from the college/university where the applicant obtained/will obtain a bachelor’s degree) to be uploaded to the application; and
  • A clear electronic copy of the applicant’s LSAT score report to be uploaded to the application

An applicant will be considered for selection once their Final Application and at least two Recommender Assessment forms are submitted on their behalf. 

LexPreLaw participants are selected on a first-come, first-selected basis. The earlier an applicant submits all required application materials (including the Final Application and Recommender Assessments), the better their chances of selection.

 

Webinar

An informational webinar will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 1:00 pm ET. Register for the online event. You must register to attend.

For more information on the LexPreLaw, eligibility, or the application process, please review our FAQs page. Or, email us questions at LexScholars@accesslex.org.