Diversity Legal Scholars


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 low-income people of color expand their law school options by awarding scholarships covering the full cost of a Kaplan (LSAT) preparation course.


Download the 2023 Application  

Key Dates

Application Round

DEADLINE for Applications

LSAT Test  Date1,2

Round 1

February 22, 2023

May through August 2023

Round 2

May 17, 2023

September through December 2023

Round 3

September 15, 2023

January through April 2024

1/Or alternate date for Sabbath observers.
2/Please note that all dates are approximate because the LSAC website has not listed precise dates, as of January 24, 2023.

 Application Background and Details

To apply, applicants must submit all of the following: Please include your full name on each item submitted.

  • Completed two-page application, including applicant signature.
  • Résumé, including work experience and community service.
  • Copy of college transcript (and any graduate school transcript(s)) from school currently enrolled or received degree from (official preferred, unofficial accepted).
  • Financial need documentation (proof of financial aid received at college or most recent tax return). 
  • A statement of economic or personal social disadvantage (max 500 words).
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably one from a professor or employer/supervisor.
  • An essay that addresses a current issue that interests you and how the legal community could address the issue (350-750 words).  

Contact Information

Texas Appleseed
ATTN: Diversity Legal Scholars Program
1609 Shoal Creek, Ste. 201
Austin, TX 78701
Emails can be directed to Gabriella McDonald via this email address: DLS@texasappleseed.org
Applications must be postmarked by the deadline or emailed by 11:59 p.m. Central on the deadline date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


  • Join our Diversity Legal Scholars Facebook group.
  • Texas Appleseed awards scholarships three times a year.
  • Texas Appleseed has awarded more than 300+ of these scholarships since the program began in 1997.

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