PreLaw Undergraduate Scholars Program
The 2021 LSAC PreLaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Online Program at Duke Law School will be a four week virtual program that aims to introduce talented rising college sophomores and juniors to the study of law and to the legal profession.
2021 PLUS Program June 7 – July 2, 2021
The LSAC PLUS Online Program enrolls 20 to 40 students per year with the ideal candidate being a strong student who is ready to work hard, engage in coursework, and is interested in the access this program provides toward preparing for a legal education.
The Duke Law program targets students from colleges and universities in the Southeast region of the United States with a focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. As a leading law school in the South, Duke considers the program a significant opportunity to encourage larger numbers of students in the region to not only consider law school but to be prepared to pursue it successfully. While the program is targeted primarily to first- and second-year students of color, we will also seek to include first-generation college students.
How to Apply
The LSAC PLUS Online Program is open to students who have completed their freshman or sophomore years at four-year colleges and universities, technical colleges and community colleges. Eligible students will have completed between 24 and 60 credits by the start of the LSAC PLUS Online Program. The program focuses on attracting promising students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession, first generation college students and those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as students facing other significant barriers to entering the legal profession.
Completed 2021 LSAC PLUS Online application form
Official undergraduate transcript
2 Letters of recommendation (At least 1 should be from a faculty member)
2 Original Short Essays – 2 statements limited to 500 words each
Essay 1 – Please share your interest in studying law and why you believe this program would be beneficial for you
Essay 2 – Perseverance is one of the keys to success in law school and ultimately life. Discuss a time when you faced an obstacle, setback or failure. How did it affect you? What lessons did you learn? What was the outcome?
The application form and all required documentation listed above must be received by Monday, March 15, 2021 by 11:59pm.
Unless otherwise indicated, all materials should be submitted electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please avoid sending multiple emails by waiting until you have all items. Combine items into a Google doc or PDF file and submit. Where possible, the official undergraduate transcript should be included in this file. If not, schools can send directly to the Law School at email@example.com or by mail to the following address.
Duke University School of Law
Office of Diversity Initiatives
210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Due to application volumes, applicants will only be notified when the file is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be removed from consideration. If you have questions regarding the status of your application or about the program, please contact us at 919-613-7002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed holistically by evaluating each student's academic promise, volunteer and/or work experience and commitment to the LSAC PLUS Online Program. The admissions team will carefully review all materials in each applicant’s file.
Finalists for the LSAC PLUS Online program will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be invitation only and conducted via Zoom.
The LSAC PLUS Online program is provided to participants free of charge. You will receive a stipend of $1,000 for your participation in the program and a fee waiver from the Law School Admissions Council for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service.
All LSAC PLUS Online programming will be provided at no cost to participants. All books or course packets required for classroom work will also be provided free of charge.
LSAC PLUS Online will provide laptops and internet access, for the duration of the LSAC PLUS Online program at no charge, for admitted students in need of such assistance.