Stanford Law Scholars Institute Accepting Applications (Due 1/19/24 at 5pm)

Stanford Law School’s SLSI is a program to which any student currently enrolled in a community college or four-year university can apply. Applicants from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

Program Summary

First, participants will increase their skills and analytic abilities, understand the options created by a legal career, and learn what is necessary for a successful experience with the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law school applications during a free, residential and experiential learning program on Stanford University’s campus.

The SLSI combines pedagogical best practices with co-curricular support and training. The program curriculum is designed to introduce participants to the underlying skills that are critical to law school success while also learning about the power and benefits of a legal career. Law Scholars will be exposed to practitioners, judges, and Stanford law faculty, staff, law students, and alumni who will act as role models and mentors. Participants will also be introduced to ways to prepare for the LSAT including the selection of a LSAT preparation course, the different components of a law school application and how best to present your credentials and your personal story, how to improve skills related to time management, planning, and overcoming obstacles to classroom learning and accessing higher education opportunities. Note that SLSI is not a LSAT preparation course.

The costs related to program participation will be entirely subsidized by Stanford Law School, including: travel to and from the university, a meal plan, a stipend of $3,000 and payment for up to 5 law school application fees. International students will be responsible for ensuring that all immigration requirements, such as obtaining visas and public health compliance, are met in order to participate. Participants will be required to comply with all of Stanford University’s policies related to COVID-19 health precautions.

Second, before and after the one-week residential program, participants will continue to be supported and engaged through an online community, with online training, peer coaching, and mentoring by SLS students, alumni, faculty, and staff through their law school application process.

Application Information

The application process will occur in two phases:

  1. submission of application information; letters of recommendation, and additional information about personal experiences and interest in the program.
  2. interviews of approximately 60 finalists.

The deadline to submit applications is January 19, 2024, by 5:00 PM (Pacific). Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to be interviewed by January 26, 2024. Interviews will be conducted between February 5 and February 9, 2024, by Diane Chin and Faye Deal. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance into the program no later than March 4, 2024.

Please note that participation in the SLSI will not provide an advantage to gaining admission to Stanford Law School.

By Reed Srere
Reed Srere Senior Associate Director