In 2009, in partnership with Harvard and NYU law schools, the Advantage Testing Foundation launched Trials, widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious, full-scholarship pre-law program to prepare students of underrepresented socioeconomic backgrounds for admission to leading law schools. TRIALS is the Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools.
Since the program’s inception, more than 15,000 students from all 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have applied for the 20 spots available annually. Trials students are selected on the basis of their compelling personal narratives, demonstrated ability to overcome adversity with good cheer, commitment to public service, and academic achievements.
During their five-week residencies at Harvard Law School or the NYU School of Law, Trials students study logical reasoning, argumentation, critical reading, and essay writing with Advantage Testing instructors. The Trials guest lecture series introduces students to topics of broad interest in the legal profession. Many extraordinary faculty from Harvard and NYU—including HLS Dean John Manning, former HLS Dean Martha Minow, NYU Law Dean Trevor Morrison, former NYU Law Dean Richard Revesz, former NYU President John Sexton, HLS Criminal Justice Institute Director Ronald Sullivan, and Director of the Harvard Negotiation Clinic Robert Bordone—have volunteered their time to speak to Trials students.