National Black Law Students Association helps Vanderbilt University create prelaw advising program on Brightspace

There’s a new way for prelaw students to get advice and prepare for law school and it’s all online. 

The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) and Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG) created a new Brightspace course that will provide LSAT and resources such as application advice for students who are interested in getting their juris doctorate degree. More than 350 students have self-enrolled to date.

Brightspace is a learning management system for creating, hosting, and editing online learning resources. It contains a flexible suite of tools for creating custom content for institutions, courses and users, the company’s website claims.

At Vanderbilt, there was not a dedicated advising office for prelaw students so the 150 students each semester would go to Carrie Russell, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education and Prelaw Director, wanting to get more information about becoming a law student, according to The Vanderbilt Hustler

“The law school admissions committee calls the last four years ‘a Trump bump,’ because so many students recognized the role that protecting the Constitution and being a lawyer can play,” Russell said.  

It’s not just happening at Vanderbilt; across the nation law school applications have gone up as more students become interested in getting their law degrees.   

“The new Brightspace page is one step in a larger process to provide more resources to students seeking non-medical professional degrees,” Russell told the Vanderbilt Hustler. “VSG and NBLSA have played a vital role in that, but the work is still ongoing.”