The Diversity Legal Scholars Program provides LSAT preparation assistance and mentoring for minority residents of Texas who are underrepresented in law schools.
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Texas Appleseed, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions©, and Texas attorneys supporting the Diversity Legal Scholars program believe that law schools should be accessible to all qualified students. This program helps minority law school applicants expand their law school options by awarding scholarships covering the full cost of a Kaplan (LSAT) preparation course. Texas Appleseed has awarded more than 300 of these scholarships since the program began in 1997.
Scholarship recipients must be Texas residents and apply to take the LSAT on the designated date that corresponds to their Application Round. Example: Round 1 scholarship recipients must take the June LSAT test.
To apply, applicants must submit all of the following:
1) A two-page application signed by the applicant.
2) Resume, including work experience and community service.
3) Copy of college transcript (and any graduate school transcripts).
4) Financial need documentation (tax return or proof of financial aid).
5) One letter of recommendation from working professional.
6) A statement of economic,social or personal disadvantage, if applicable (500 words).
7) An essay that addresses a current issue that relates to the legal field and diversity (350-750 words).
Diversity Legal Scholars Program
1609 Shoal Creek, Ste. 201
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-473-2800, ext.107
Pro Bono Partners & Funders
Texas Appleseed is deeply grateful to Kaplan, Hunton & Williams LLP, Baker Hostetler LLP, Jones Day, George Washington School of Law, Texas attorneys who have agreed to serve as mentors, the Austin Black Lawyers Association, the Dallas Black Lawyers Association, and The Michael and Alice Kuhn Foundation for their generous support of this scholarship program.
What Others Are Saying
Despite an increase in capacity, law schools have been admitting fewer African-American and Mexican American students over the last 15 years. Shut Out, by Ronald Roach, 04.16.2009 from Diverse Online
"I just wanted to extend my gratitude to everyone at Texas Appleseed for their support in this program. With your help, I have successfully taken my LSAT. Now, onto the next steps. Thank You."
- Tyler Brown, Diversity Scholar Recipient - 2012
"I can't express my gratitude enough to your organization for being the primary support for my application to law school. Without the Kaplan resource your organization provided me, I would never have been able to afford a prep course, or take the LSAT successfully."
- Marsha L. Perez, Diversity Scholar Recipient - 2010
"I look forward to giving back to the community through service in the law. In many ways the work that I perform is a tribute to those who helped me get where I am."
- Forrest Deegan, Diversity Scholar Recipient - 1998
"The LSAT is a tough test, and I would not have been able to afford a preparation class to take the LSAT. Luckily, Texas Appleseed strives to see minorities and other diverse individuals succeed."
- Starlett Carter, Diversity Scholar Recipient - 2002
Letter From Former Scholar
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