The Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence is a highly selective program run by the University of Baltimore School of Law that helps find qualified students and alumni at Maryland’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and other select Maryland public colleges and universities and prepares them for law school.
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The program has two components, the Angelos Scholars Program and the LSAT Award Program. Bowie State students who meet the requirements may apply for either or both programs.
Angelos Scholars who complete the program successfully, maintain a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0, attain a score of 152 or higher on the LSAT and otherwise qualify for admission to the law school receive a full tuition scholarship to the University of Baltimore School of Law.
The Angelos Scholars Program is open only to Bowie State, Coppin State, Morgan State, and UMES juniors, seniors, and other students who will be graduating from those HBCUs by Spring. Scholars who successfully complete the Program will earn three academic credits towards their undergraduate graduation.
Because the requirement for the full tuition scholarship is a GPA of at least 3.5 and a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score of at least 152, applicants must either currently have at least a 3.5 GPA or explain why they expect to have a 3.5 GPA when they graduate. [Note that GPA is cumulative meaning that it is calculated based on grades at every college you have attended, including community colleges and other colleges from which you transferred.] Those with GPA’s under 3.5 will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Scholars must register for the June LSAT by the end of January (see below) and must commit to applying to law school for admission by August.
The single most critical factor for succeeding in the Scholars Program is having sufficient time to do all that is required. You will need to be available for the entire time period of the residential Boot Camp from January through February. There will be several additional mandatory meetings during the Spring. You also must be free to study full-time from the end of Spring final exams until the June LSAT. Most importantly, the time requirements for the LSAT review course are extremely rigorous. If you cannot put in the hours described below, please do not apply for this Program.
Note: In early November, we will contact the Angelos Scholar candidates who are finalists for an interview to help us make the final acceptance decision.
Application Deadline: October 1
Those who qualify for the LSAT Award Program receive an award of $1,699, which will be used to pay almost all of the cost of the Princeton Review “LSAT Ultimate” course. [Retail price of this course is $1,799]. The award recipient must pay the remaining $100 program fee to the University of Baltimore School of Law.
The LSAT Award Program is open to Bowie State, Coppin State, Morgan State, UMES, University of Baltimore, Towson University, Salisbury University and the Universities at Shady Grove students and graduates. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA [Note that GPA is calculated based on grades at every college you have attended, including community colleges and other colleges from which you transferred.] Those with GPA’s under 3.0 will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Award recipients must register for the June LSAT by the end of January and must commit to applying to law school for admission [with the admission date to be no later than August]. All participants MUST register for the June LSAT by the end of January and send both their registration number and the test site for their exam to firstname.lastname@example.org. No one will be permitted to attend the Princeton Review LSAT preparation class who has not provided a copy of their registration confirmation.
The single most important factor for succeeding in the Awards Program is having sufficient time to do all that is required. The time requirements for the LSAT review course are extremely rigorous. If you cannot put in the hours described below, please do not apply for this Program.
Application Deadline: November 1
Starting in February, you will need to attend EVERY LSAT review class and practice exam. The classes meet two evenings a week, from 6:15 – 9:45 PM and take place on the HBCU campuses. There will also be six Saturday practice exams. Moreover, students need to spend between 15 and 20 additional hours each week doing LSAT preparation on their own. Finally, during the period between the end of your final exams and the June LSAT, you will need to spend at least 4 to 6 hours each day, six days per week, on LSAT preparation.
Class attendance is mandatory. If you miss two classes, or are late for three, you will be asked to leave the Program. Similarly, if you are disruptive in any way, the instructor will ask you to leave the class or the Program itself.
Students must set up an account by December, with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in order to register for the LSAT and sign up for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). For information about registering for the LSAT, signing up for CAS, and for obtaining a fee waiver, contact LSAC at LSAC.org.
The LSAT and the CAS each require a fee. The fee for the LSAT is $180. The CAS is $185. If you feel your financial situation requires a fee waiver, you may apply for one from LSAC.org.
The waivers are based on your financial data. Apply for the waiver online. If you intend to apply for a waiver, do so immediately. Waiting for a decision on the waiver will NOT be considered a permissible excuse for not being registered for the LSAT by our deadlines.