Special Law Programs
Conditional Admissions, Disadvantaged, Diversity & Summer
Conditional Admissions Programs
Several law schools across the country offer conditional programs for students whose prior academic achievement has been impacted by discrimination, financial hardship, or other disadvantages.
Summer Institute, St. John's University School of Law, Queens, NY
List of additional programs.
Minority Student Program, Rutgers School of Law, Newark - The MSP is a post-admissions program that provides academic support, mentoring, and internships to students who, regardless of race or ethnic origin, can demonstrate through a history of socio-economic, educational, or cultural experiences that they have been disadvantaged.
Trials - A full-scholarship residential program for talented and motivated college students of underrepresented backgrounds and modest means. Selected students participate in a rigorous five-week course to improve their chances for admission to the nation's top law schools.
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund - Financial assistance intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school, potentially totaling up to $15,000.
American Bar Foundation - Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science - Introduces undergraduates to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in law and social science.
Council of Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) – See especially the section, “College Students.”
DiscoverLaw.org - Program to encourage and inform racial and ethnic students about careers in law.
Dwight L. Greene Memorial Scholarship, Hofstra Law School - Full tuition and fees for each year at Hofstra Law, awarded annually to a student demonstrating commitment to advocacy for minority groups.
Hofstra Law: Fellowship for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights - Awarded to students with a history of advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community.
Minority Corporate Council Association – The MCCA’s mission statement: “The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) was founded in 1997 to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through the collection and dissemination of information about diversity in the legal profession.”
National Black Law Students Association (NEBLSA) - Click on Programs & Initiatives for the College Student Division. The CSD sponsors Law Camps for prospective law students. Contact NEBLSA.LawCamp@gmail.com for more information.
Sidley Pre-Law Scholars Initiative -- The Sidley Pre-Law Scholars Initiative is designed to increase diversity in law schools by subsidizing the cost of applying to law school for talented financially disadvantaged students of color. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
College of Law Summer Undergraduates Program, Florida State University - Four-week program providing free tuition and room/board plus a $500 stipend. All students are eligible.
LEAP, Legal Education Access Summer Program - LEAP is a program for college juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a legal career which supports diversity in the legal profession by inspiring students from groups historically under-represented in the law to become lawyers.
DiscoverLaw PLUS Summer 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.
The SEO Corporate Law program is a 1--week paid, mentored summer internship at one of our top partner law firms for seniors or recent grads who are entering law school in the fall. Benefits include: a jump start on the law firms recruiting process, networking with current and future lawyers, becoming familiar with the inner workings of the law firm environment, and the Corporate Law Institute, a two-week intensive pre-law prep program designed to maximize our students' performance during the critical first year of law school.