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DSU students aiming for law school to get a boost

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Milton Pratt
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Delaware Public Media

Delaware State University’s Law Studies program receives a donation to help students pay for the Law School Admissions Test.

As part of its 90th anniversary, Wilmington’s Morris James law firm donated $10,000 to DSU to help defray costs of students taking and preparing for the LSAT, and establish a mentoring program.

The current cost for the LSAT plus prep is about $500 per student, so this donation would cover all expenses for 20 students.

Morris James managing partner Keith Donovan says they’re trying to remove financial barriers so students can focus time and effort on their studies.

According to Donovan the law firm’s diversity inclusion committee suggested the donation as a way to support diversity throughout the state.

"It's natural to partner with Delaware State University to support these young professionals in their pursuit of law school, not as a feeder necessarily for us, but we recognize that the more students that we have that are home grown students coming through Delaware institutions will help the entire Delaware bar to become more diverse and that will be better for all of us," said Donovan.

The law firm and the university also plan to establish a mentoring program which Kimeu Boynton , DSU’s Law Studies Program co-director, says is important for students.

"We will pair students with practicing attorneys at Morris James, and that'll provide them, one with exposure to attorneys that are working in some of the fields that they want to enter into, but two, it's a great networking component," said Boynton.

DSU officials say this will be a game changer for students feeling the economic impact of being in college, as well as those affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.