The Law School Admission Council
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit corporation whose members are 205 law schools in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1947 to coordinate, facilitate, and enhance the law school admission process, LSAC continues to provide a range of services and programs to the legal education community. Representatives from law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and from Canadian law schools recognized by a provincial or territorial law society or government agency make up the voting membership of the Council.
As an educational association, the Council relies heavily upon the efforts of its member representatives and volunteers. Its volunteer spirit is evidenced by the participation of the many law school deans, professors, and administrators in the governing process of the organization. These volunteers serve on the committees, subcommittees, work groups, and panels that assist and guide the LSAC Board of Trustees in its governance.
LSAC created the Minority Fund in 1989 to fund projects designed to address the under-representation of members of minority groups in the legal profession. Projects are recommended by the LSAC Minority Affairs Committee and approved by the LSAC Board of Trustees. Some current projects include:
PRELAW UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARS PROGRAM (PLUS)
PLUS programs are designed to introduce undergraduate students to the law school experience through an extended summer program. Generally, these programs run several weeks. As a pilot program, PLUS is currently on a five-year evaluation cycle of existing programs and no new proposals are being considered
NATIONAL MINORITY LAW STUDENT RECRUITMENT MONTH (NMLSRM)
NMLSRM was originated by the LSAC. This program is designed to introduce late high school and early college students to the legal profession and legal education. Through this program, our member law schools are provided with up to $1,000 to host an event at their schools from January 15 through March 15. By hosting these programs, the law schools become eligible for up to another $1,000.00 to host an additional program at any other time during the year. Finally, the minority law student organizations at these schools are also eligible for up to $750 to host a program for the benefit of community college students.
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT WORKSHOPS
These workshops target Native population centers with the purpose of introducing Native Americans to the legal profession and legal education.
The goal of the recruitment grants is to serve areas not covered by LSAC Forums. The focus of these grants can be minority, general, or combined, and require the cooperation of three sponsors including at least one law school. In addition, a legal organization or bar association may also be included. There is up to $5,000.00 available, and the programs can be held at any time during the year.
OUTREACH PROGRAMS WITH BARS OF COLOR
Funds are available to bring high school students to the national conventions of minority bar associations (NBA, HNBA, NAPBA, and Native American Bar).