The American Bar Association expresses a strong commitment to full and equal participation in the the legal profession by all persons, and this extends to those applying to and enrolling in law school. While demographics among those entering the legal profession still do not reflect those of society as a whole, there are a variety of resources available to support law school candidates whose experiences historically have been underrepresented in the legal profession.
The list of resources below is organized according to various identities and experiences, though these categories are not mutually exclusive of one another.
This is an evolving list, and suggestions for improvement are welcome!
- How do I address diversity in my law school application? – Section from the UO Prelaw Advising Blog
- NitroCollege – Search tool for law scholarships
- AccessLex Diversity Pipeline (Summer Pre-Law Programs) Directory – Directory of pipeline programs designed to provide information and resources premised to aid students their successful matriculation into law school and the legal profession
- Oregon State Bar – LSAT scholarships, orientations/retreats, fellowships and much more for students who can contribute to the field’s historically or currently underrepresented membership
- Practice LSAT Test in Spanish – Provided by LSAC
- LSAC offers fee waivers to candidates with demonstrated financial need. These waivers cover costs for taking the LSAT, LSAT prep, and certain application fees. Generally, fee waivers are intended for applicants making less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
- Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Programs – Law School Bootcamp? These free opportunities for first and second year undergrads come with a stipend and provide intense focus on the skills required to succeed in law school.
General Scholarship Databases
- Yale Law School has compiled a list of over 150 outside scholarships based on eligibility criteria. (You do not need to be a Yale student or applicant to use this tool!)
- Harvard Law School has also collected a list of outside scholarships an listed them according to deadline. (You do not need to be a Harvard student or applicant to use this tool!)
- University of Chicago Law School has created another list of outside scholarships for review. (You do not need to be a University of Chicago student or applicant to use this tool!)
- NitroCollege – Search tool for general law school scholarships
- Scholarship Opportunities – for students representing racial/ethnic identities underrepresented in the legal profession (LSAC)
- Role of Race and Ethnicity in the law school admissions process (LSAC)
- Legal Education Resources and Professional Organizations – a list of identity/diversity-related professional, student, and bar associations within the legal field
- ABA Required Disclosures – provides information detailing the ethnic/racial makeup of students at individual law schools
- LSAC Official Guide – provides a range of details regarding all law schools, including for many, information on diversity within the institution
- Scholarships available through Point Foundation and Pride Foundation
- LSAC resources for LGBT law school applicants – information includes resources about coming out on your application, testimonials from LGBT students, professional associations, and more
- OUTLaw/OUTLaws are LGBT-focused student organizations present at a variety of law schools throughout the country, including the University of Oregon Outlaws, Willamette University Outlaw, and Lewis and Clark Outlaw
- LGBT Bar Association works to promote justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity. LGBT Bar also hosts the annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
- LSAC Information on Financial Aid resources – includes information the Post 9-11 GI Bill, as well as the Yellow Ribbon Program.
- Post-9/11 GI Bill – assists eligible individuals with tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, annual books and supplies stipend, and a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals
- Yellow Ribbon Program – assists with funding tuition and fee expenses not covered by the 9/11 GI Bill
- ABA Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits & Services – compiles resources designed to provide attorneys and veterans with assistance related to challenges in obtaining medical care, disability benefits, reemployment rights, consumer, housing, criminal and family law matters, and in obtaining legal counsel
- ABA Veterans’ Claims Assistance Network – provides unrepresented veterans who have pending disability benefits claims with the opportunity to work with lawyers who will help the veterans complete their claims packages for expedited review by the VA—at no cost to the veterans
Students with Disabilities
- LSAC’s resources for Applicants with disabilities – including information on relevant professional organizations and resources
- National Association of Law Students with Disabilities – law student organization that provides extensive information regarding disability and the law school admissions process, accommodations available, disability law organizations, career and legal resources, and more
- LSAT accommodations for test takers with disabilities – provides guidance and instructions for requesting accommodations (e.g., extra time, use of readers) for LSAT test takers with documented disabilities