Launchpad Scholars Program Named Best Diversity Initiative

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The Yale Law School Launchpad Scholars Program, powered by Latham & Watkins, has been named the Best Diversity Initiative of 2023 at The American Lawyer Industry Awards. The Launchpad Scholars Program is a comprehensive initiative designed to guide members of underrepresented communities through the law school application and admission process.

The program provides substantial LSAT preparation, application, and career readiness support, and pairs scholars with mentors from Yale Law School and Latham & Watkins.

According to The American Lawyer, the annual Industry Awards recognize legal initiatives that have “put their stamp on the legal industry, the profession, and our society in the past year,” and the Best Diversity Initiative category highlights “efforts that foster diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.”

“The Launchpad Scholars Program is part of our strong commitment to improve access to both law school and the legal profession,” said Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Miriam Ingber ’04. “We are grateful that we were able to work with Latham & Watkins on this important effort, and thrilled to see the program recognized.” 

In its first year, the Launchpad Scholars Program received overwhelming interest, resulting in a diverse class of 25 Scholars. Applications for the next cohort will open in March 2024, and interested applicants are invited to register for an upcoming information session.

The Launchpad Scholars Program aims to further diversify the legal profession by equipping participants with the tools and resources they need to apply to the law schools of their choosing and succeed as law students and legal professionals. The program is open to all, but especially welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals who are (or will be) the first in their families to graduate from college, individuals from low-income backgrounds, members of racially and ethnically underrepresented groups, members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans or military service members.