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Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative

A lack of resources to attend costly LSAT preparation classes and to fund expensive admissions applications is a significant factor in hindering the application to law school by diverse students. The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative aims to increase diversity in law schools and, eventually, in the legal profession by subsidizing the LSAT preparatory course and law school application expenses of diverse, high-performing college students who have difficulty paying the expenses associated with applying to law school.

“Sidley has a significant commitment to achieving greater ethnic and racial diversity within the legal profession and the firm. We wanted to develop a program that would widen the pipeline by helping to eliminate barriers at an earlier stage in a student’s career,” said Carter Phillips, chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee. “Our diversity committee and staff are to be congratulated for developing this creative approach.”

Program Elements

  • Expert counseling on creating a successful law school application.
  • Funding ($2,500 maximum) for tuition at a Sidley approved LSAT preparatory course; registration fees for the June, October or December 2015 LSAT and the Law School Data Assembly Service; application fees at up to seven law schools and LSDAS fees for up to seven applications.
  • 2016 Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar (“S4”), a multiple-day introduction to the structure of the American legal system and substantive instruction on the traditional first-year law school courses, as well as an opportunity to meet Sidley lawyers and other leaders in the legal community.
  • Scholars will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship award (distributed in two installments) upon successful completion of an approved LSAT preparatory course, completion of the LSAT and submission of at least five law school applications. The remainder of the scholarship will be distributed once the Scholar has confirmed his/her intention to matriculate to a specific law school during Fall 2016, notified Sidley of that law school’s name and attended the 2016 S4.

Download a copy of the 2015 Sidley Scholars Brochure.

2014 Sidley Scholars

Seated (L to R): Sha’na Harris, Jade Jenkins, Sandra Lopez, Cindy Dinh, Morgan Tapp, Alicia Niaves, Jasmin Morris, Cha’Mira Keener, Liz Wangu and Latena Hazard.

Standing (L to R): Kerriann Mills, Stanley Stallworth, Sally Olson, Angelo Villarreal, Jameson Miller, Taj Tucker, Byron Taylor, Maria Melendez, Larry Barden, Michele Ruiz, Carter Phillips, Leland Shelton, Daveante Jones, Julian Fowler, Matthew Irwin, Christopher Maduforo, Ashley Williams, Johnny Taylor, Jr., Teri Cotton Santos and Hui Min Cao.