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Diversity Initiatives Grants Programs

Mar 14, 2014, 13:16 PM

Diversity Initiatives Grant Programs

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) earmarks a portion of its funds to promote broad-based diversity in legal education and the legal profession. LSAC’s minority program grants take many forms, which are outlined below. For additional information about each of the programs, use the links or the contacts below.

Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program

Up to $100,000
Contact: Kent D. Lollis, klollis@LSAC.org

This program is targeted to racial and ethnic students in the first two years of college who wish to develop the skills required to succeed in law school. Preference will be given to students who have registered for DiscoverLaw.org. Each program establishes its own admission criteria and selects participants.

LSAC Diversity Matters Grants

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 this 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.

How to Apply

  • Event Form: Use this form to submit each of your Diversity Matters 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)

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.

Diversity Initiatives Fund General Grants

The Diversity Initiatives Fund General Grants program has been suspended until further notice. Applications for General Grants are not being accepted at this time. Please direct your inquiries to

Kent D. Lollis
Executive Director of Diversity Initiatives
Phone: 215.968.1227
Email: klollis@LSAC.org

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