Diversity Legal Scholars


Texas Appleseed, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions©, and Texas attorneys supporting the Diversity Legal Scholars program believe that law schools should be accessible to all qualified students. This program helps low-income people of color expand their law school options by awarding scholarships covering the full cost of a Kaplan (LSAT) preparation course.


Download the 2020 application

We are now accepting applications via email due to COVID-19. Applications must be submitted to DLS@texasappleseed.net by 11:59 p.m. CST on June 9 (For Round 2) and 11:59 p.m. CST on September 18 (For Round 3)

Key Dates

Application Round

DEADLINE for Applications

LSAT Test  Date

Round 1

March 23, 2020

July 13, 2020 or August 29, 2020

Round 2

June 9, 2020

October 3, 2020 or November 14, 2020

Round 3

September 18, 2020

January 16, 2021 or February 20, 2021 or April 10, 2021

 Application Background and Details

To apply, applicants must submit all of the following: Please include your full name on each item submitted.

  • Completed two-page application, including applicant signature.
  • Résumé, including work experience and community service.
  • Copy of college transcript (and any graduate school transcript(s)) from school currently enrolled or received degree from (official preferred, unofficial accepted).
  • Financial need documentation (proof of financial aid received at college or most recent tax return). 
  • A statement of economic or personal social disadvantage (max 500 words).
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably one from a professor or employer/supervisor.
  • An essay that addresses a current issue that interests you and how the legal community could address the issue (350-750 words).  

Contact Information

Texas Appleseed
ATTN: Diversity Legal Scholars Program
1609 Shoal Creek, Ste. 201
Austin, TX 78701
Emails (for questions only) can be directed to Gabriella McDonald via this email address: DLS@texasappleseed.net


  • Join our Diversity Legal Scholars Facebook group.
  • Texas Appleseed awards scholarships three times a year.
  • Texas Appleseed has awarded more than 300 of these scholarships since the program began in 1997.

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