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How to Apply for the Beyond Adversity Award

Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2016, 11:59 pm applicant's local time.

NOTE: You can apply with or without writing an essay. Without an essay, you still earn the free planning materials and discounts on LSAT and law school prep, but are not eligible for the advanced awards.

People from any background are welcome to apply for the Beyond Adversity Award. Your "adversity" need not be dramatic. It can just be some small thing that challenged you personally. Everyone's story is inspiring. Feel free to share it here whether it is dramatic or simple.

Everyone who completes an application is eligible for certain prizes. See the Prize page.


Judges will consider your use of grammar and style and the clarity of your writing. They want to get a clear idea of what obstacles you have faced and how you responded to those obstacles. They aren't looking for the perfect person. It's better to be honest about failures as well as successes. Talk about what you've learned.

Describe how what you've been through has led you to want to serve your community or society in general and how you hope to do that. Judges will consider how realistic your understanding of the field of law is, among other things. They are not necessarily looking for the most creative or entertaining essays. An honest essay will be more convincing than a too clever one. Be yourself!



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I used STEPS to the LSAT (created by Jay Cutts, author of the Barron's LSAT Prep Book) to organize a live LSAT program for my students. They found it easy to work with, easy to follow, and insightful. I feel STEPS is a unique and affordable option.

- Wendy Vonnegut, Esq., Director of Legal Studies at Methodist University, past president of SAPLA and chair-elect of PLANC

STEPS is a creation of Jay Cutts. Jay is the lead author of the Barron's LSAT Prep Book and director of Cutts Graduate Reviews. For over 24 years he has helped students master the LSAT and get accepted to Law School. STEPS lets you work with his advanced coaching materials, not published elsewhere, in a highly structured self-prep support program.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide any prelaw student, regardless of educational or socioeconomic background, a support system for studying the LSAT.

STEPS draws on highly expert instruction, addresses the real study needs of today's student, and requires only a minimal investment.

It is part of our mission that profit is not our primary goal and that a significant portion of any profit is used to develop and provide additional services.

National Advisory Board

Jane Finkle, MS, Prelaw advisor, formerly at University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. Prelaw columnist, US News and World Career Forum.

Laura Hosid, Esq., Former Associate Director, Office of Career Services, Georgetown University Law Center. Advisor, Vinik Educational Placement Services.

Michael Santana, Esq., Former Assistant Legal Writing Professor, Vermont Law School, University of Montana School of Law

Sidney Williams, Esq., Central State University, Director, Prelaw and Preprofessional Programs and Special Initiatives

Advisory Board members and the organizations with which they are affiliated do not necessarily endorse the STEPS to the LSAT program or Cutts Graduate Reviews. Advisory board members are independent prelaw specialists who have no financial connection with STEPS