New US legal admissions pipeline helps initially rejected applicants to become law students

In the US 22 law schools have developed a new admissions pipeline, ‘LexPostBacc’, specifically for prospective students who were initially rejected during the admissions process.

This year-long program offered by these law schools aims to prepare aspiring lawyers, particularly minorities candidates, for the rigors of legal education.

Participants must either be from an underrepresented ethnic group; be the first in their families to have graduated from college, or have received a need-based federal Pell Grant as an undergraduate. They must also have scored in the bottom 25 percent of national LSAT takers in order to qualify. The programme aims to broaden the pool of students. Successful completion of the program guarantees admission and a scholarship to law school.

Out of the initial 78 participants, 54 completed the program, and all but three opted to start law school this fall. The program aims to turn students who are “admission adjacent” into students who are “admission eligible”.

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