Frequently Asked Questions
If you have specific questions, please contact us directly. A representative from Trials will get back to you shortly.
What is Trials?
Trials is the product of a unique partnership among Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. It is a residential summer scholarship program for students of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds that are currently underrepresented at the nation’s leading law schools. Our aim is to help talented students of modest means gain admission to these schools by providing intensive LSAT preparation and a broad-based exposure to diverse aspects of the legal profession.
Why is this program necessary?
In terms of diversity, the law continues to lag other prestigious and highly skilled professions such as medicine and higher education. Homogeneity in the legal profession mirrors a lack of diversity in the nation’s leading law schools—despite their best efforts, admissions departments still struggle to enroll a vibrant student body that represents an expansive range of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Where is Trials located?
The Trials program is hosted in alternate years on the campuses of Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law. The 2018 Trials session will be held at the NYU School of Law.
What does the program entail?
The instructional component of the Trials program consists of rigorous preparation for the LSAT including: (1) a step-by-step analysis of every question type on the test, and (2) an intensive testing regimen in which students refine their skills on actual LSATs administered under simulated test conditions. Students will also attend lectures on diverse aspects of the legal education and profession, from getting into law school to understanding various practices and specialties of the law.
The schedule below is provided as an example of a typical Trials residency. Programming varies from year to year.
Who will be teaching me?
Students study logical reasoning, argumentation, critical reading, and essay writing with Advantage Testing instructors.Instructors
What are the costs?
Zero. Trials is a needs-based scholarship program. There is no fee to apply, and students admitted to Trials will have no expenses associated with attending the program. Please see the Benefits page of this website for further details.
External Link: Heckscher Foundation (link will open in a new window)
Who is eligible?
The Trials program is intended for students of modest means who come from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. Those who feel they fit these criteria are encouraged to apply. We will not disqualify any candidates on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identification, or annual household income. Rather, we consider each candidate’s complete academic profile, individual circumstances, and personal history when weighing admissions decisions. See the Eligibility page of this website for further details.Eligibility
How do I apply?
Visit the application section of this website to begin the online application process.How to Apply
I've filled out Part I of the application. Now what?
Students typically receive notification and instructions for submitting Part II of the application within 48 hours. If you have not received any word from us within two days of having submitted Part I, please get in touch using the Contact form on this website.Contact
When will I be notified?
You will receive an admissions decision by April 15th of the year for which you are applying. For specific questions regarding your application, please contact us.
Can I really study for the LSAT?
Yes. The LSAT is not a test of innate intelligence. It is designed to test your critical reasoning abilities under time-intensive conditions. Like many standardized tests, the LSAT is based on core principles that can be learned, exercised, and refined. Advantage Testing instructors present methods for identifying and understanding the specific question types encountered on the exam, while providing a detailed evaluation of each individual student's strengths and weaknesses. Our intellectually rigorous approach to LSAT preparation consistently leads to significant score improvements, sharper reasoning skills, and heightened self-confidence for our students.
What is the Advantage Testing Foundation?
The Advantage Testing Foundation is the public service arm of Advantage Testing, a private tutorial service dedicated to academic rigor, long-term educational development, and the proposition that tests can be powerful vehicles for learning. For more than 30 years, Advantage Testing has been helping students of every background achieve educational success. Advantage Testing instructors have outstanding academic qualifications, and they have all scored in the 99th percentile on any test they teach. Advantage Testing exhibits an exceptional commitment to public service that has made it a philanthropic leader in the field of academic tutoring and test preparation.
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