LSAT Preparation Course for Black, Indigenous, and Low-Income Students

Introduction

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a requirement for admission to most law schools. Details about the LSAT may be found at lsac.org. In addition, free official LSAT preparation is available through Khan Academy online.

Western Law is offering a free LSAT Preparation course in the spring of 2023 for high-potential Black, Indigenous, and low-income undergraduate students, or those who have graduated, who intend to apply to law school in the near future. You do not need to be a Western student or graduate in order to participate. Western Law thanks Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and the Law School Admission Council for generously sponsoring this program. The course will be delivered virtually from early-May until mid-July 2023 two evenings per week.

Details

  • Class Size: Limited to 20 students
  • Registration Deadline: April 15
  • Dates: Mid-May to mid-July, 2023 (dates to be determined)
  • Classes: 6:30-9:30 pm (including breaks)
  • Four practice tests 

Eligibility

  • You are Black OR Indigenous OR have demonstrated financial need/low income.
  • You have a cumulative average of B+ (78% / 3.3) to date in your undergraduate university program.
  • You are in your third or fourth year of your university undergraduate studies, or you have graduated.
  • You are committed to writing the LSAT between the late summer and next February.
  • You are planning to apply to law school in the next application cycle.
  • You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected person or convention refugee.  

What to Expect in this Course

Before the course begins, you will take a practice LSAT under simulated, timed conditions.  The score you receive will serve as the baseline against which your improvement will be assessed.  Everyone’s path is different, but the point is to develop your skills over the entire duration of the course and beyond.  This course is not like an undergraduate course where you attend lectures, study content, write a couple exams, and obtain a grade.  This is a skills development course: the LSAT is not a test of what you know, it's a test of what you do.   Do not expect immediate improvement within a week or two.  Rather, expect slow and steady progress that comes with regular practice, much like learning to play a musical instrument or a new sport.  You can realistically expect a 7-8 point improvement from your LSAT diagnostic score IF – AND ONLY IF – you do the following:

  • attend every class (at a minimum, you must attend 90% of the virtual classes in order to remain enrolled in the course);
  • participate in class;
  • practise at least five days per week outside of class;
  • complete all homework on time;
  • complete all assigned practice tests on time; AND
  • review your errors and refine your approach.

These requirements will be monitored, as we want you to succeed.  If you are not able to meet these requirements during the course, then your enrolment may be at risk.  While we do not expect this course to be the focus of your life, you should treat it like a part-time job in terms of time commitment, as it is a necessary step in your journey to law school.  If you have multiple other personal commitments such that you cannot devote the time needed to see improvement, as outlined above, then carefully consider whether this is the right time for you to apply.

Program Features

  • Will prepare you for taking the LSAT as early as August
  • Taught by an experienced LSAT Instructor
  • Includes all study materials, practice tests, and access to the LSAC LawHub
  • Includes four timed practice tests
  • Includes a waiver of the $115.00 institutional fee for applying to Western Law in the next cycle, provided requirements (above) are met
  • Includes a one-on-one Zoom meeting, in-person meeting, or phone call with the Assistant Dean of Admissions, if desired
  • Includes the opportunity to hear from Western Law admissions, law students, and legal professionals - in separate panel sessions

Registration:

All materials can be submitted using one of the following methods:

Email: lawapp@uwo.ca

Mail:
Faculty of Law, Western University
Room 222 (Admissions Office)
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON  N6A 3K7 

Fax: 519-850-2412 (Attention: Admissions Office)