About the Bursary
The Black Law Students Association (“BLSA”) is pleased to announce that the 2020 LSAT Bursary Program is now accepting applications! Over the past few years, BLSA has held fundraising activities each semester in order to fund the LSAT Bursary, which is aimed at increasing the representation of Black individuals in the legal profession by strengthening the candidacy of law school applicants from our communities.
At our annual Black History Month Celebration at Osgoode Hall Law School, the BLSA will announce the recipient of the LSAT Bursary and award them with full tuition towards an LSAT prep course with HarvardReady (approximately $1400 in value). The bursary will be paid directly to HarvardReady, and the student may commence the prep-course immediately. HarvardReady is a highly regarded LSAT prep course that offers features that improve chances of success such as: 100 in-class hours, small class sizes, free repeats and several proctored tests. All of these features will be at the disposal of the LSAT Bursary recipient.
Application Procedure & Criteria
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be:
1) Students who, self-identify as Black, have successfully completed a minimum of one full year at a recognized university in a program leading to a degree (preference will be given to upper year students)
– OR –
2) Individuals who self-identify as Black, have not attended university or have less than 3 years of university AND are at least 26 years of age (as of September 1st of the year of admission) AND have a minimum of 5 years of non-academic experience.
Applicants are to submit a resume and 1,200 word statement of interest, in a one package, Word document format.
Deadline: February 18, 2020 at 11:59 PM
The resume should be specific about your work history and be expansive on community or volunteer experiences. The statement of interest should address the following:
1. Explanation of why they want to go to law school;
2. Demonstration of financial need; and
3. Outline of their community involvement.
1) Recipients of the bursary will be required to enroll in a HarvardReady LSAT preparatory course in the current year. Courses are offered during the spring, summer, and fall.
2) Furthermore, recipients will be required to attend BLSA’s Black History Month Celebration scheduled for February 25, 2020 at 4:30 PM.
The applications will be anonymized independently (i.e. remove all names and as many personal identifiers as possible) and forwarded to a sub-committee. The sub-committee (consisting of three general members from the Black Law Students’ Association, “BLSA”) will score each candidate using the following outline:
- Why I want to go to law school – 40%;
- Financial need – 35%; and
3. Community involvement – 25%.In scoring the candidates, the sub-committee will evaluate the applications holistically and will take into account the following factors: clarity, need, passion, commitment and dedication. Each reviewer will comment on the applications and forward applicant finalists to the BLSA Executive.
The BLSA Executive will be responsible for choosing the final winners.
Applications are to be submitted via email in a one package, in both Word and PDF formats to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in the LSAT Bursary and we look forward to receiving your application. Should you have any questions please contact BLSA at email@example.com.