Saturday, February 17, 2018

LSAC earmarks $1.5 million to increase diversity in law school

We previously reported that the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and American Association of Law Schools (AALS) have teamed up to start a campaign to promote legal education as a way to increase law school applications. Now comes this news via the BlackEnterprise blog that the LSAC has earmarked $1.5 million to be divided between five law schools for the purpose of increasing law student diversity. Here are the details from the BE blog:


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LSAC is committed to exposing underrepresented students to the demands “of law school and the rewards of the legal profession,” as Lollis told me, and recently announced its awarding of $1.5 million to five law schools so they can host the LSAC PLUS program on their campus for 20 to 30 participants.


The following schools will receive a three-year grant totaling $300,000 in three installments of $100,000 each:


The University of Akron School of Law

The University of Alabama School of Law

Duke University School of Law

University of Houston Law Center

St. John’s University School of Law


Programs like PLUS are needed. Lollis says the legal profession remains one of the least diverse. “Only veterinary medicine is less,” he says.


Another way the PLUS program addresses the diversity issue is by introducing participants to successful lawyers of color.


“It was empowering to see alumni from the University of Arkansas School of Law come back and have meet-and-greet mixers with the PLUS participants,” Dunna says.


“I had not seen a lot of people of color in the legal profession, but meeting them and hearing about their wonderful careers made me feel that law school is a good decision for someone like me.”


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