The 2016 Beyond Adversity Award is now open for applicants. The deadline is March 15, 2016.
The Award honors students who have met and overcome obstacles in their lives and who plan to give back to their community through their future law career.
Applications are open to all students, regardless of background. The obstacles a student has faced can be large or small; personal or societal; physical, psychological, or cultural.
1. ALL ENTRANTS receive the following prizes in recognition of their efforts.
– A 50% discount on the STEPS to the LSAT Self-Prep System (worth $50)
– A 10% discount on a Juris Educatio Intro to the Study of Law program
– The booklet How to Get Accepted to Law School – A Take-Charge Approach. A complete guide to a successful application, including writing the personal statement, standing out from the crowd, letters of recommendation, and planning for the LSAT.
– Free subscription to LawTrack, a monthly prelaw planning system
– Publication of their Beyond Adversity essays on our Inspiration page (can be anonymous)
2. EARLY BIRD PRIZES: The first 5 people to submit an application will receive a free copy of the Barron’s LSAT Prep Book
3.The 10 HONORABLE MENTIONS receive:
– A free STEPS to the LSAT Self-Prep Support System course (worth $103)
– A 25% discount on a Juris Educatio Intro to the Study of Law program
– A free review of their Personal Statement
– A free copy of the Barron’s LSAT Prep Book
– Recognition on the Winners page of this site
– A certificate of Honorable Mention in the Beyond Adversity Award Contest, which can be included in the student’s application package
4. The TOP AWARD WINNER receives all of the above, along with the Beyond Adversity Award Winner Certificate and a package of 10 hours of personal coaching on the LSAT and admissions process with Barron’s author and 25-year LSAT specialist Jay Cutts (a $1350 value), plus a free Juris Educatio Intro to the Study of Law program.
The Beyond Adversity Award is supported by a number of prelaw organizations, including:
– Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) Law Fraternity – Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.
– National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives – National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable and educational organization which produces national pre-law empowerment events including: The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, Future Legal Eagles Flight School, the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, the National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, and the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit and Law Expo.
– National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) – The National Native American Law Students Association (“NNALSA”) was founded in 1970 to promote the study and development of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of governance. Additionally, NNALSA supports Native Americans in law school, both in their own personal academic and life achievements, and in their efforts to educate their peers and communities about Indian law issues.
– National Latina/o Law Student Association (NLLSA) – NLLSA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation serving as a conduit for Latina/o law student voices. Founded on principles of social, ethnic, racial, gender and sexual equality, NLLSA is focused on advancing Latina/o academic success and commitment to community service.
– National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) – The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a 501(c)(3) corporation and one of the nation’s largest student-run organizations of its kind, representing thousands of minority law students from more than 200 chapters and affiliates throughout six countries.
– Mexican American Law Students Association (MALSA) – MALSA’s primary initiative is to build a support network for the Hispanic law community, focusing on academic and social interests.
– Juris Educatio Summer Law School Preparation – A non-profit founded by law professors Vernellia and Tshaka Randall, offering Introduction to the Study of Law, preparing students for the skills needed to succeed in law school.
– Cutts Graduate Reviews and STEPS to the LSAT – A leader in individualized LSAT prep for 25 years, by Jay Cutts, author of the Barron’s LSAT Prep Book.
– Barron’s Educational Series – A leader in high quality test prep publications for over 75 years.