LexScholars by AccessLex
LexScholars by AccessLex

LexScholars by AccessLex®

The legal profession is the least diverse profession in the country. Let’s change that.

Number of spots remaining: 250

Overview

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 standardized test scores.

LexScholars participants will have endured and overcome disadvantages and will have clear, preferably demonstrated, commitments to pursuing admission to law school.

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. This information will be used to aid their progression and develop diversity pipeline models that will benefit legal education, the profession, and society. 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. See a copy of the research agreement here.

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Program Design

LexScholars uses a cohort-based model of engaging and tracking participants. In 2021, LexScholars will enroll 250 participants:

  • Who will they be: 250 aspiring lawyers who have obtained or will obtain a bachelor’s degree by August 2022 and plan to seek law school admission for the Fall 2022 entering class.
  • What will they receive:
    LSAT Prep and Admission Counseling Group (50 participants):
    • Online Kaplan LSAT course, starting on August 1, 2021
    • Ongoing admission counseling throughout the application process, starting on July 1, 2021
    • Ongoing access to financial education and law school informational resources 

    LSAT Prep Only Group (200 participants):

    • Kaplan LSAT course, starting on August 1, 2021
    • Ongoing access to financial education and law school informational resources 
  • How will they be selected: LexScholars slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants who submit all required materials earlier in the application cycle will have the best chances of being selected for the program. Applicants will identify their preferred participant Group on their 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.

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Eligibility

During the 2021-2022 cycle, LexScholars will enroll 250 participants. To be eligible, applicants must:

 

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.

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LexScholars Application

The LexScholars application consists of the following components:

  • Applicant information form and the following documents that must be uploaded with the application form:
    • Academic transcripts
    • Standardized test score reports
  • 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. Two recommender assessments must be submitted in order for the application to be considered. You can download a copy of the assessment here.

 

Important Dates

Application Opens: March 15 

Application Deadline: Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The sooner you apply, the better.

Admission Counseling Starts: July 1

Kaplan LSAT Online Course Opens: August 1

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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.

  • 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 free online Kaplan LSAT course, comprehensive law school admission counseling, and ongoing access to financial education and law school informational resources. 
  • LSAT Prep Only Group: The first 200 applicants to submit all required documents and select this Group as their preference will receive a free online Kaplan LSAT course and ongoing access to financial education and law school informational resources. Applicants who are not chosen for the LSAT Prep and Admission Counseling Group will be considered for these slots.

 

Applicants who submit all required materials earlier in the application cycle will have the best chances of being selected for the program. Applicants will identify their preferred participant Group on their application.

For more information on the LexScholars by AccessLex® program, eligibility or the application process, please review our FAQs page. Or, email us questions on any aspect of the LexScholars program at LexScholars@accesslex.org.