Overview

 

 

 

 

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.

The 2020 applications will be posted on February 3. All required materials must be submitted by April 1. Applicants selected for the program will be notified via email by April 15.

LexScholars Overview

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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.

The 2020 applications will be posted on February 3. All required materials must be submitted by April 1. Applicants selected for the program will be notified via email by April 15.

 


 

 

 

 

Program Design

 

 

 

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

 

Aspirant Cohort:

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Who will they be: 25 LexScholars participants who will have between 60-75 bachelor’s degree credits by the end of Spring 2020, who plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2022 entering class. Participants will be expected to participate in LexScholars for two years: 2020-2022.

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What will they receive: Members of this cohort will participate in a 4-week residential program in Washington D.C., during summer 2020 (July 11 – August 8).

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The program will consist of skills building in various areas, including reading, writing, logic reasoning, and wellness techniques. Participants will also be exposed to the LSAT and the law school admission process.

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As part of the program, participants will receive round- trip air and/or ground transportation to and from Washington, D.C.; program housing including a meal plan; and a living stipend of $800.

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Participants will be expected to participate in LexScholars for two years, including another 4-week residential program in Washington, D.C. in summer 2021.

Prospect Cohort:

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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: Members of this cohort will be randomly divided into two groups, and the group will dictate what services will be received.

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 LSAT Prep Only (230 participants)

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Kaplan Online LSAT course

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Holistic Admission Support (20 participants)

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Kaplan Online LSAT course

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4-week residential summer program in Washington, D.C. during summer 2020 (July 11-August 8), consisting of classroom LSAT prep; admission counseling; writing exercises; financial education; travel assistance to and from D.C.; program housing including a meal plan; and a living stipend of $800.

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Ongoing admission counseling throughout the application process

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Ongoing financial education




 

Program Design

 

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

 

Aspirant Cohort:

•  

Who will they be: 25 LexScholars participants who will have between 60-75 bachelor’s degree credits by the end of Spring 2020, who plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2022 entering class. Participants will be expected to participate in LexScholars for two years: 2020-2022.

•  

What will they receive: Members of this cohort will participate in a 4-week residential program in Washington D.C., during summer 2020 (July 11 – August 8).

⚬  

The program will consist of skills building in various areas, including reading, writing, logic reasoning, and wellness techniques. Participants will also be exposed to the LSAT and the law school admission process.

⚬  

As part of the program, participants will receive round- trip air and/or ground transportation to and from Washington, D.C.; program housing including a meal plan; and a living stipend of $800.

⚬  

Participants will be expected to participate in LexScholars for two years, including another 4-week residential program in Washington, D.C. in summer 2021.

 

Prospect Cohort:

•  

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: Members of this cohort will be randomly divided into two groups, and the group will dictate what services will be received.

⚬  

 LSAT Prep Only (230 participants)

▪  

Kaplan Online LSAT course

⚬  

Holistic Admission Support (20 participants)

▪  

Kaplan Online LSAT course

▪  

4-week residential summer program in Washington, D.C. during summer 2020 (July 11-August 8), consisting of classroom LSAT prep; admission counseling; writing exercises; financial education; travel assistance to and from D.C.; program housing including a meal plan; and a living stipend of $800.

▪  

Ongoing admission counseling throughout the application process

▪  

Ongoing financial education

 

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 25 participants into the Aspirant Cohort and 250 participants into the Prospect Cohort. Below are eligibility criteria for each cohort:

 

Aspirant Cohort (25 participants):

To be eligible, participants must:

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

•  

Have earned 60-75 credits towards bachelor’s degree by the end of spring semester 2020

•  

Plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2022 entering class

•  

Have a 25th percentile or lower SAT or ACT high score

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For applicants who have taken the LSAT, highest score attained must be submitted and cannot be higher than 144

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Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA no higher than 3.3

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Complete application diagnostics of reading and writing skills

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Willing and able to successfully complete the summer residential program in Washington, D.C. in 2020 (July 11-August 8) and 2021 (dates to be determined)

Prospect Cohort (250 participants):

To be eligible, participants 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 high LSAT score of 144 or lower

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For applicants who have not taken the LSAT, scores on the GRE, GMAT, SAT, or ACT may be submitted. Scores can be no higher than 25th percentile

•  

Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA no higher than 3.3

•  

Complete application diagnostics of reading and writing skills

•  

Willing and able to successfully complete the summer residential program in Washington, D.C. in 2020 (July 11-August 8), if 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 25 participants into the Aspirant Cohort and 250 participants into the Prospect Cohort. Below are eligibility criteria for each cohort:

 

Aspirant Cohort (25 participants):

To be eligible, participants must:

•  

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

•  

Have earned 60-75 credits towards bachelor’s degree by the end of spring semester 2020

•  

Plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2022 entering class

•  

Have a 25th percentile or lower SAT or ACT high score

⚬  

For applicants who have taken the LSAT, highest score attained must be submitted and cannot be higher than 144

•  

Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA no higher than 3.3

•  

Complete application diagnostics of reading and writing skills

•  

Willing and able to successfully complete the summer residential program in Washington, D.C. in 2020 (July 11-August 8) and 2021 (dates to be determined)

 

Prospect Cohort (250 participants):

To be eligible, participants 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 high LSAT score of 144 or lower

⚬  

For applicants who have not taken the LSAT, scores on the GRE, GMAT, SAT, or ACT may be submitted. Scores can be no higher than 25th percentile

•  

Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA no higher than 3.3

•  

Complete application diagnostics of reading and writing skills

•  

Willing and able to successfully complete the summer residential program in Washington, D.C. in 2020 (July 11-August 8), if 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

 

 

 

LexScholars participant selection will be done via random drawing and assignment. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be included in the drawing. The drawing will be weighted, meaning that applicants will have uneven odds of being selected. Odds will be determined based on the weighting of application materials and applicant background.

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. Applicants aligning closely with this profile will be granted more “entries” into the random drawing, thereby increasing their odds of being selected.

There will be separate drawings for the Aspirant and Prospect Cohorts. Among those selected for the Prospect Cohort, there will be an additional drawing to assign to either the LSAT Prep Only or Holistic Admission Support group.

Only a small number of applicants will be selected to participate in the residential summer program, but all applicants must be willing and able to participate, if selected.

 

Important Dates


Application Opens: February 3 

Application Materials Due: April 1
(Early submission is greatly encouraged.) 

Decision Notification: April 15

Deadline to Confirm Participation: May 15


Residential Summer Program Dates: July 11 - August 8

Kaplan LSAT Online Course Opens: August 1

 




 

Selection Process

 

 

LexScholars participant selection will be done via random drawing and assignment. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be included in the drawing. The drawing will be weighted, meaning that applicants will have uneven odds of being selected. Odds will be determined based on the weighting of application materials and applicant background.

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. Applicants aligning closely with this profile will be granted more “entries” into the random drawing, thereby increasing their odds of being selected.

There will be separate drawings for the Aspirant and Prospect Cohorts. Among those selected for the Prospect Cohort, there will be an additional drawing to assign to either the LSAT Prep Only or Holistic Admission Support group.

Only a small number of applicants will be selected to participate in the residential summer program, but all applicants must be willing and able to participate, if selected.

 

Important Dates


Application Opens: February 3 

Application Materials Due: April 1
(Early submission is greatly encouraged.) 

Decision Notification: April 15

Deadline to Confirm Participation: May 15


Residential Summer Program Dates: July 11 - August 8

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

  Reading skills diagnostic

  • Applicants are required to complete an online diagnostic of reading skills. The diagnostic will be used to tailor LexScholars program activities to the individual needs of participants. A link to the diagnostic will be emailed to applicants shortly after applying. The diagnostic will take about one hour to complete. In order to ensure timely delivery of results, applicants should complete the diagnostic by April 1. There is no cost associated with the diagnostic. A sample of the diagnostic can be found here.

  Writing skills diagnostic

  • Applicants are required to complete an online diagnostic of writing skills. The diagnostic will be used to tailor LexScholars program activities to the individual needs of participants. A link to the diagnostic will be emailed to applicants shortly after applying. The diagnostic will take about one hour to complete. In order to ensure timely delivery of results, applicants should complete the diagnostic by April 1. There is no cost associated with the diagnostic. A sample of the diagnostic can be found here: here.

  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. 

 

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

 

 

If you are interested in applying, let us know and we’ll send you a personal reminder when the application period opens.

 

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