LexScholars Post Baccalaureate Program
LexScholars Post Baccalaureate Program

LexScholars
Post-Baccalaureate Program

LexScholars
Post-Baccalaureate Program

Better diversity in schools makes schools better.

This is why we are expanding the terms of LexScholars, our innovative diversity pipeline initiative focused on helping aspiring law students from underrepresented racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds get into law school, to more explicitly involve you.

And so, we are offering law schools the opportunity to partner with LexScholars to help foster increased enrollment and academic success among underrepresented students through our LexScholars Post-Baccalaureate Program.

Program Design

The goal of the Post-Baccalaureate Program is to provide law schools with a means of offering deferred admission to promising applicants who may need additional preparation and exposure prior to starting law school.

During the 2021-22 admission cycle, participating law schools will be able to offer deferred Fall 2023 admission to applicants, conditioned on the applicants’ completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Program curriculum. The curriculum will span July 2022 through July 2023 and will focus on LSAT preparation; analytical and critical thinking skills building; and financial education. There are no program costs, either for law schools or participants.

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To participate in the Post-Baccalaureate Program, applicants must be referred by a law school and must:

  • 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 2022.
  • Have an LSAT score no higher than the 25th percentile.
  • 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

Participants who successfully complete the Post-Baccalaureate Program curriculum will receive:

  • Fall 2023 admission by the law school that offered deferred admission
  • A scholarship award of at least 20% tuition from the law school that offered deferred admission
  • A $3,000 stipend from AccessLex ($1,000 each year for FT students and $750 per year for PT students)
  • A Helix Bar Review course, upon graduation
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Program Curriculum

From July 2022 through July 2023, Post-Baccalaureate Program participants will be exposed to a rigorous law school prep curriculum that will focus on LSAT preparation; analytical and critical thinking skills building; and financial education and literacy.

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  • LSAT Prep
    • Participants will take a full-length Kaplan online LSAT course, beginning in July 2022
    • Participants will be required to retake the LSAT at least one time during the time period, September 2022 through January 2023
      • Participants will be reimbursed by AccessLex for the cost of one LSAT administration.
      • Schools could foster increased participant engagement with LSAT prep by offering the potential of an increased scholarship award with an improved score.
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills
    • Participants will complete a curriculum of CALI online lessons covering:
      • Substantive topics: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property Law, Torts
      • Skills: interpreting and briefing cases, understanding common terminology, note-taking, outlining, reading comprehension, rule synthesis, statutory interpretation, time management
    • Participants will complete formative assessments consisting of Helix Bar Review essay and multiple choice problems
  • Financial Education and Literacy
    • Participants will be exposed to a financial education curriculum consisting of:
      • MAX Pre-Law
      • Tailored webinars and information sessions

The Post-Baccalaureate Program curriculum will require participants to dedicate 8-12 hours per week completing lessons, exercises, and assessments. Participants will also be required to attend mandatory virtual class sessions. The curriculum will be formative in nature, with a goal of fostering deep learning and engagement through robust feedback and guidance. Participants will be offered multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency.

At stipulated points during the program, participating law schools will receive progress reports regarding the participants they referred. These reports will include information pertaining to participant engagement with the curriculum and progress towards completion. Some participant attrition and unsuccessful attempts at completing the curriculum are expected.

The Post-Baccalaureate Program curriculum will be designed to foster student success. The goal will be to prepare participants to thrive as law students by exposing them to a rigorous law school prep curriculum and by providing them with financial aid that reduces their costs of attendance. The impacts of the curriculum will be continuously measured, from the point participants enroll in the program all the way through their first bar exam attempt. Information gleaned along the way will be used to make program adjustments premised on continuous improvement.  

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Referral and Selection Processes

For the 2021-22 admission cycle, deferred admission offers should provide a pathway to admission into the Fall 2023 entering class. In order to refer applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Program, law schools must submit their Intent to Participate form to AccessLex by January 17, 2022.

Below is the referral process:

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  • Identify an applicant for possible referral to the program
  • Verify closely that the applicant meets the program eligibility requirements. This is a very important step.
  • If the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, make the deferred admission offer communicating:
    • The scholarship offer
    • The $3,000 stipend offer from AccessLex
    • The condition that the applicant completes the program curriculum
    • Instructions provided by AccessLex for reserving their slot in the in the program, including the requirement that they complete the Post-Baccalaureate Applicant Information Form by May 15, 2022
    • Web address for the Post-Baccalaureate Applicant Information Form
  • Immediately before or after communicating the offer, complete the Post-Baccalaureate Applicant Referral Form, providing AccessLex with biographical and contact information for the applicant that is being referred. All law school referrals must be made by May 1, 2022.
  • Applicants must be complete the Post-Baccalaureate Applicant Information Form by May 15, 2022. Upon timely submission of the application, AccessLex staff will verify that the applicant meets LexScholars eligibility requirements and was referred by a participating law school. After verification, the applicant will be offered a Post-Baccalaureate Program slot and the referring law school will be notified.
    • Program participants will be required to sign a LexScholars Participation Agreement within two weeks of being offered a program slot, certifying that they are no longer pursuing admission to other law schools and will not submit any new law school applications in the future. The agreement will also inform participants of the terms of the $3,000 law school stipend offered by AccessLex.
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Stakeholder Benefits 

Benefits to law schools:

  • Matriculation commitment from promising applicants who have demonstrated potential for law school success
  • Increased entering class diversity
  • Applicant exposure to high-quality law school preparatory programming that could increase chances of law school success
  • Applicant access to high-quality LSAT prep that could result in higher score at matriculation
  • Applicant access to high-quality Helix Bar Review program that could increase chances of first-time passage
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Benefits to deferred admission applicants:

  • Admission guarantee, with satisfactory completion of the program curriculum
  • Financial aid guarantee, with satisfactory completion of the program curriculum
  • Access to high-quality LSAT prep that could result in higher score and potentially a higher scholarship award
  • Access to high-quality law school preparatory programming designed to help foster law school success
  • Access to high-quality Helix Bar Review program, upon law school graduation
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Become a Participating Law School

In order to refer applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Program, law schools must submit their intent to participate form to AccessLex by January 17, 2022

  • On the form, each law school will indicate the number of applicants it expects to offer deferred admission and refer to the program.
  • Participating law schools will agree to:
    • Refer 2-10 applicants, who meet the LexScholars eligibility requirements
    • Award a scholarship, grant, or tuition discount of at least 20% of tuition, renewable with good academic standing

 

Questions? Read our FAQs or contact us at LexScholars@accesslex.org.