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Exploring LSAC's Inclusive Program: A Response to Diversity Concerns Post-Harvard Decision

published January 17, 2024

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Exploring LSAC's Inclusive Program

Unveiling the Initiative

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in June 2023, sparking heightened discussions on diversity in education, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is actively addressing the challenges faced by potential law school applicants from underrepresented communities. This response comes in the form of a pioneering pilot hybrid version of the Plus Summer program strategically implemented in the Washington, D.C., region.
 Nurturing Potential: Plus, Guided Journey
The Plus, Guided Journey initiative emerges as a beacon, offering a 14-month, cost-free program designed to provide tailored support for approximately 140 law school applicants during the fall cycle. Angela Winfield, LSAC’s Vice President, and Chief Diversity Officer, emphasizes the program's pivotal goal—to narrow the scoring gap experienced by individuals who lack economic resources or influential connections during the application process.
 Fostering Inclusivity and Equity
Addressing existing educational inequities, Winfield asserts, "We didn’t create the problem, but we are committed to creating the solution." Open to all students, the program targets explicitly those facing economic challenges, aiming to level the playing field for all aspiring law school applicants.
 Collaborative Model for Regional Impact
The LSAC's innovative approach involves a collaborative effort with seven American Bar Association (ABA)--accredited law schools in or around the nation’s capital. This collaborative model aims to support students enrolling in the fall of 2025. The program structure incorporates three in-person gatherings and at least one monthly meeting, from May 2024 to July 2025, strategically aligning with the typical test cycle.
 Piloting for National Replication
Angela Winfield highlights a broader vision: "The idea is to learn, adapt and replicate around the country.” This pilot initiative is positioned as a model for future programs, ensuring scalability and widespread impact on a national scale.
 Catholic University's Leadership and Collaborative Synergy
The collaboration among D.C.-area law schools is led by the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. Shani J.P. Butts, the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, underscores the significance of each participating school's focused contributions, streamlining the implementation of this 14-month program.
 Crafting a Seamless Program Structure
Catholic University takes charge by hosting the inaugural in-person gathering in May and providing instructors for various classes throughout the year. Other participating schools contribute distinct elements to the curriculum, exemplifying a collaborative approach that makes the program more manageable for each institution involved.
 Plus Summer Program Evolution
In its 22nd year, the Plus Summer program continues its legacy, maintaining traditional on-site programs at the Boston University School of Law and the Seattle University School of Law. However, it now serves approximately 30 students at each location, a shift from the previous eight schools hosting 175 to 200 students annually.
 Opportunity Awaits: Application Open for Plus, Guided Journey
Prospective applicants are encouraged to seize the opportunity as the application process for the Plus, Guided Journey program is now open. Tailored LSAT preparation and financial aid tips await those who seek to embark on this transformative educational journey.
 Conclusion: LSAC's Commitment to Proactive Diversity Initiatives
As the legal education landscape undergoes transformative shifts post-Harvard decision, LSAC's initiatives are a testament to a proactive commitment to addressing diversity concerns. The Plus Guided Journey program, with its collaborative regional model, emerges as a potential template for fostering inclusivity and support in legal education nationwide.

published January 17, 2024

By Author - LawCrossing
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