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

“The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program not only provides tools and resources to help with the transition to law school, but it also provides a network of like-minded students that understand everything you are going through. Both during and after law school, the other scholars serve as support, sources of advice and, most importantly, friends.”
Staci C. Shelby, Sidley Scholar

2023-2024 Program Timeline

April 28, 2023
Application deadline.

Week of May 22, 2023
2023-2024 Sidley Scholars will be notified by email.

June/July 2023
Start date for LSAT or GRE prep course for exams that take place in August 2023 or later.

August to November 2023
2023-2024 Sidley Scholars are eligible to take any LSAT exam August – November 2023.

June/July 2024
Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar (Exact dates to be determined and subject to change. The program is generally held in Chicago but may be held virtually based on current circumstances related to COVID-19.)

For more information, please email


Sidley Scholars will be selected on a competitive basis. To be considered, one must:

  • Be a second-semester college junior or a senior, graduating from an accredited American college in good standing no later than June 30, 2024, or be a very recent graduate of an accredited American college.
  • Submit a complete application and supporting materials by the application deadline.
  • Demonstrate financial need through the application and supporting materials.
  • Preference will be given to the most well-qualified first-generation professional applicants [individuals whose parents did not graduate from college (US) or university].

Required Application Materials

  • Copy of most recent FAFSA or Student Aid Report from your college/university;
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (unofficial transcripts may be submitted initially; however, official transcripts must be provided in order to receive award);
  • Résumé (one page maximum);
  • Recommendation form and/or letter from one academic reference. If you are not directly uploading a recommendation letter, please upload a document with the name and institution of the person who will submit your recommendation. Recommendations can be emailed directly to:

Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application submitted successfully will receive a confirmation email.

Expectations of Sidley Scholars

Each Sidley Scholar is expected to:

  • Graduate in good standing from college no later than June 30, 2024.
  • Meet all LSAT or GRE, law school application, and program deadlines.
  • Attend all classes associated with the LSAT or GRE preparatory course.
  • Attend the entire Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar in the summer before law school. The last installment of the scholarship award is contingent upon in-person attendance and successful completion of the Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar. It is expected that 2023-2024 Sidley Scholars will attend the 2024 Summer Seminar. Reasonable travel expenses to the Summer Seminar will be reimbursed.
  • Matriculate to law school in Fall 2024.
  • Be available to Sidley representatives via telephone and email from May 2023 through September 2024 and respond in a timely way to all inquiries from Sidley.
  • Upon starting law school, remain in touch with Sidley representatives to provide feedback on how the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program is benefiting the Sidley Scholar during the first year of law school.
  • Upon an expression of interest, be available to a future Sidley Scholar as a mentor.

In rare circumstances, a student may request that the firm consider an exception to a requirement of the program. Sidley will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis, but certain benefits of the program may not be made available to such student. For example, Scholars who do not attend the entire Summer Seminar will not receive the second installment of their scholarship award. All such decisions are at Sidley’s sole discretion.