Law Schools: LSAC Diversity Matters Grant

Beginning January 1, 2018, LSAC member law schools will be eligible for a grant of up to $3,000 to support their diversity outreach efforts. Law schools are encouraged to host events that motivate students who are underrepresented in the legal profession—including racial and ethnic groups, the LGBT community, and Indigenous Canadians—to consider law as a career. This initiative is designed to expand the pipeline to include students in community college, early college, high school, and middle school by introducing these populations to the legal profession, the law school admission process, and to skills tested both on the LSAT and in the law school classroom.

Law schools that use the Diversity Matters grant most effectively are candidates for the Diversity Matters Award, awarded in May. The three Diversity Matters Award winners’ programs will be promoted in national media and serve as models for other law schools.

Funding

Each member law school is eligible for a maximum grant award of $3,000 to program one or more events that address early outreach, awareness, and preparation aimed at LSAC’s target audience. LSAC encourages strategic collaboration with local schools, community colleges, and other stakeholders. Pipeline programs may be tailored to appeal to a school’s specific demographic, resources, and location. For example:

  • Your grant may be used for a semester, summer, or long-term program offered to a small- to medium-sized cohort of students.
  • Your law school may choose to use the grant for one program or event.
  • Your grant may be used to assist existing programs that meet general grant criteria.
  • You may combine your grant with another school’s grant in your geographical area.
  • You may use the grant to supplement program resources from bar associations, law firms, corporations, and others.

NOTE: Your law school may use the grant when collaborating with another program or organization, as long as LSAC is prominently recognized as a sponsor.

How to Apply

  • Event Form: Use this form to submit each of your grant events and other law school pipeline programs to include them in the Diversity Matters Award competition. (NOTE: Events are posted approximately 7–10 business days after being approved.)
  • FAQs for Hosting Diversity Matters Events (PDF)

Using Social Media

We encourage your law school and student participants to post, like, tweet, or send pictures during your LSAC Diversity Matters events, and tag us. Effective social media activity and publicity will be weighed when LSAC selects the finalists for the Diversity Matters Award.

Word cloud featuring the following phrases: #DiversityMatters #LSAC #lawyer #diversity #lawschool #TheWorldDoesNeedAnotherLawyer #DiverseAttorney #Prelaw #PhotoOfTheDay #futurelawstudent #futurelawyer

Event Materials

  • Diversity Matters Contact Spreadsheet (XLS): This spreadsheet will help you collect information about your program participants. (You can upload it directly to the Report and Reimbursement Form.)
  • Diversity Matters Web Button: Use this button to link to DiscoverLaw.org from your law school’s website.
  • DiscoverLaw.org PowerPoint (PPTX): Plan to present the DiscoverLaw.org PowerPoint as part of your program. This is a brief overview of LSAC’s commitment to diversity in law and the resources that are offered to students.
  • Press Release (DOCX): LSAC has created a template to help your law school’s communications office publicize the event in local news outlets.
  • Photo Release Form: If you plan to take photos at your event and submit them to LSAC, each attendee must fill out a photo release form. (You will receive a copy of the photo release form in your event approval email.) NOTE: Authorized photos of LSAC Diversity Matters events will be used on our website, as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
  • Report and Reimbursement Form: For your convenience, we will send you the Report and Reimbursement Form via email the day after your event. If you do not receive it, please contact Isabelle M. Ramos at iramos@LSAC.org.
  • Additional Materials: Download posters, postcards, and informational printouts to display or distribute at your event.

Contact Us

LSAC Diversity Initiatives staff is available to answer your questions and provide program planning assistance. For questions and inquiries, write to DiscoverLaw@LSAC.org or any member of the Diversity Initiatives staff.

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