In order to address the under-representation of lawyers among people of color across the country, NC Central University School of Law officials announced on Wednesday that the school has received a grant to help prepare disadvantaged applicants for admission to their program.
The Law School received a $ 100,000 grant from the Law School Admission Council with the goal of providing “historically underrepresented aspiring lawyers with the tools necessary to navigate the law school admissions process and to continue to succeed as law students, “officials said in a press release. .
The goal of the initiative, known as the Prospective Law Student Preparation Program (PALS), is to help first-generation students and economically disadvantaged students succeed on admission to law school, according to the press release.
“We are delighted and grateful to the Law School Admission Council for the opportunity to offer an undergraduate law program at NC Central University,” said Dean Browne C. Lewis of the NCCU School of Law. âIt is a chance for the law school to contribute to the lives of future law students and a way for these students to enrich the life of our law school. “
Historically black university law school officials point to a recent American Bar Foundation study that found that for the nation’s law students in 2019, black Americans made up nearly eight percent. Hispanics made up just under 13 percent and Asians just over six percent.
The NCCU will work closely with the state’s 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the only historically Native American university designated by the state.
PALS will target 30 selected students, who will receive “key information to complete the law school admissions process,” the statement said.
Students will also “learn essential strategies for preparing financially, psychologically and academically for law school,” law school officials said in the statement.
For more information about the program and to apply, visit the NC Central Law School website.
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