February 23, 2010
Colorado Law and the CU-Boulder campus are providing a low-cost LSAT prep course for low-income students. The prep course – which usually costs $1,600 – is available for only $120. This is one of the lowest costing LSAT prep courses offered in the nation. More than 70 students took advantage of the class. The course is open to CU-Boulder students and alumni who meet the prerequisites for admission, which includes qualifying for CU financial aid. Each course includes study materials and 36 hours of instruction time from Michael Meresman, a CU-alum who scored in the 99th percentile of the LSAT. The first 8-week class began yesterday.“We hope to encourage under-represented groups, such as students from families with low incomes, to see law school as a possibility and to work and plan for that future,” said W. Douglas Costain, CU-Boulder’s prelaw advisor. Costain was instrumental in getting the program started.Providing the course meets one of Colorado Law’s strategic goals of attracting an increasingly stronger and more diverse student body by increasing applications from diverse students and increasing scholarship resources to enable these students to attend Colorado Law.“Our goal is that they score better on the LSAT and end up going to law school,” said Kristine Jackson, Colorado Law’s Dean of Admissions.According to the Princeton Review, students who take a course to prepare for the LSAT improve their scores by an average of 12.8 points. LSAT scores range between 120 and 180, and Colorado Law Class of 2010 had a median score of 163. The low cost of the prep course is due to Colorado Law’s donation of a class room, the Law School Admissions Counsel (LSAC)’s donation of material, and donations of testing resources from Colorado Law and the main CU-Boulder campus.