Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program


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 Program 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 Prelaw Scholars

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2016 S4 Sidley Scholars Class

“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.
  • 2017 Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar, a multiple-day introduction to the structure of the American legal system and substantive instruction on the traditional first-year law school courses and instruction in how to succeed in law school, as well as an opportunity to meet Sidley lawyers and other leaders in the legal community. The Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar is for Scholars who are starting law school immediately following the Summer Seminar.
  • Scholars will receive up to $2,500 in benefits to pay tuition in a commercial LSAT preparation course, as well as reimbursement for application fees for as many as seven law schools. 
  • Scholars further may be eligible to receive an additional $2,500 scholarship award, in two installments. Scholars will receive $1,250 when they have (1) successfully completed an approved LSAT preparatory course, (2) taken the LSAT, and (3) applied to at least five accredited law schools. Finally, each Scholar will receive a final $1,250 scholarship distribution once the Scholar has informed Sidley that he or she has been accepted to, and is committed to start law school at, an accredited law school and has attended the entire Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar in the summer immediately preceding the Scholar’s matriculation at that law school.

Download a copy of the 2016 Sidley Scholars Brochure.

Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program

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 Program 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 Prelaw Scholars

SidleyScholars

2016 S4 Sidley Scholars Class

“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.
  • 2017 Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar, a multiple-day introduction to the structure of the American legal system and substantive instruction on the traditional first-year law school courses and instruction in how to succeed in law school, as well as an opportunity to meet Sidley lawyers and other leaders in the legal community. The Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar is for Scholars who are starting law school immediately following the Summer Seminar.
  • Scholars will receive up to $2,500 in benefits to pay tuition in a commercial LSAT preparation course, as well as reimbursement for application fees for as many as seven law schools. 
  • Scholars further may be eligible to receive an additional $2,500 scholarship award, in two installments. Scholars will receive $1,250 when they have (1) successfully completed an approved LSAT preparatory course, (2) taken the LSAT, and (3) applied to at least five accredited law schools. Finally, each Scholar will receive a final $1,250 scholarship distribution once the Scholar has informed Sidley that he or she has been accepted to, and is committed to start law school at, an accredited law school and has attended the entire Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar in the summer immediately preceding the Scholar’s matriculation at that law school.

Download a copy of the 2016 Sidley Scholars Brochure.

Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program

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