AccessLex Institute offers new financial tool for pre-law students

The average law student has to borrow about $112,776 in order to finance his or her degree. Given that investment, it's no wonder students may think once or twice or 9,297 times about whether to make the leap. 

Here's a new tool to help pre-law students to determine that. 

AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit that helps law students navigate the legal education process, has released a new online suite of resources created expressly for aspiring law students.

Designed by a team of J.D.s, financial aid experts, law school admissions professionals and experienced pre-law advisors, MAX Pre-Law by AccessLex offers interactive lessons, webinars, worksheets and checklists, as well as one-on-one financial strategy coaching from accredited financial counselors to answer student's most pressing questions about law school – all free to anyone interested in pursuing a legal education.

MAX Pre-Law builds on the success of AccessLex Institute's MAX by AccessLex program, thefinancial education program created to maximize the financial capability and capacity of law students. Launched in 2017, MAX is currently being used by over 15,000 students at more than 150 ABA-approved law schools across the country.

"After witnessing the tremendous response and utilization of our MAX program within the law school community, it seemed a natural next step for us to create a resource with similarly targeted goals in the pre-law space," said Cynthia Cassity, senior vice president of education and strategic dngagement at AccessLex Institute. "A major part of our mission is seeing that all aspiring and current law students are offered best-in-class resources to maximize their financial capability and success. MAX Pre-Law was borne out of that vision."

MAX Pre-Law dives deep into the financial aspects of legal education, while also giving users an overview of the application process. Lessons include:

- Your Law School Investment: Find law schools that match your personal goals and will maximize the return on investment of time and money;

- Paying for Law School: Understand the costs of law school, from application through post-graduation bar preparation, and develop a strategy to pay;

- Getting into Law School: Prepare a strong application – hints, tips and resources to help devote the right time to the right things; and

- Understanding Law School Admissions and Financial Aid: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the financial aid and scholarship application process.

"I really appreciate the different ways MAX Pre-Law presents information — webinars, self-guided lessons, short videos, downloadable worksheets, infographics, and more," said Diane Curtis, J.D., senior lecturer in political science and director of pre-Law advising, University of Massachusetts Amherst. "It really takes into account the varied ways students learn. The availability of free coaching from experts with a variety of backgrounds and approaches similarly respects the wide range of needs and learning styles among pre-laws."

To learn more about MAX Pre-Law by AccessLex®, visit