Since 2002, The IIT Chicago-Kent Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program offers a three-week program for college students who are underrepresented in the legal profession. The three-week summer institute intends to: introduce participants to law school and the legal profession; provide participants with substantive skills to strengthen their preparation for law school; and educate and prepare participants for the law school application and admissions process. Grant funding will support efforts to improve and enhance program curriculum, engage first and second year college students and strengthen the program evaluation and assessment process.
To read more, please visit https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/pre-law-undergraduate-scholars-program
The Ron Brown Prep Program supports students from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups—who are often the first in their families to attend college—as they apply to law school and pursue legal careers. Grant funding will support program efforts to increase the number of student participants, make the current program more affordable for students, strengthen ties with program alumni, and improve program measurement and evaluation methods.
To read more, please visit http://www.stjohns.edu/law/ronald-h-brown-center-civil-rights/ronald-h-brown-law...
The Ohio State University, in partnership with the Law and Leadership Institute, currently administers academic enrichment programs offered at eight law schools in Ohio’s six largest cities for high schoolers primarily from urban public school districts. Grant funding will support program efforts to extend the existing early stage pipeline program through college and into law school. The program seeks to improve student participant college GPAs, improve college persistence, and ultimately help students from diverse backgrounds gain admission to law school.
To read more, please visit http://www.lawandleadership.org/
The University of Baltimore School of Law, Charles Hamilton Houston Scholars Program helps underrepresented college freshmen and sophomores develop the academic skills needed to improve undergraduate performance and enhance opportunity for admission to, and success in, law school. Grant funding will support efforts to enhance a three week academic readiness course, establish long term mentoring and networking relationships for students, provide continued support to students throughout college, and provide guidance and direction to complete the application process and enroll in law school.
To read more, please visit http://law.ubalt.edu/admissions/diversity/chhsp/
The University of Houston Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline program is designed to increase the diversity of law school applicants by providing law school preparatory resources–LSAT preparation, introductory law school classes, internships, and professional development sessions–for undergraduate students who are first generation, low income, or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession. Grant funding will support the administration of the eight-week on-campus summer program and internship. Funding will also support expanded recruitment of students from minority serving institutions.
To read more, please visit http://www.law.uh.edu/pipeline/
The Washington University School of Law received a grant to support a multi-school examination of the relationship between experiential coursework, bar subject coursework, outcomes on the bar examination, and securing an initial post-graduation legal job.
The Elon University School of Law received a grant to study the impact and benefits of its innovative new curriculum. The curriculum is intended to improve the quality of the educational experience, shorten the length of the program and reduce cost in order to increase accessibility. The revised curriculum was first implemented during the 2016-2017 academic year. Major components include shortening the general course of study to two and a half years, reducing cost by nearly 25 percent and enhancing the educational experience by requiring that all students complete substantial experiential learning components.
The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education received a grant to analyze the law school admissions market. A set of regression models will be estimated for predicting the prices charged by law schools reporting data to the American Bar Association. Similarly, institutional characteristics such as LSAT scores, bar passage rates and employment outcomes will be mapped.
The University of South Carolina School of Law received a grant to assess the viability of race-neutral alternatives in law school admissions. The study will survey first-year law students on race-neutral aspects of their identity to determine the relationship, if any, between race and identity factors.
The American Bar Foundation received a grant award to follow up on the work of the American Bar Association Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education. The data that was collected as part of the Task Force’s work, in combination with other data and materials, will be fully analyzed in order to address challenges facing legal education.