SOPHOMORE SUMMER INSTITUTE
Jump-Start A Legal Career
CLEO Sophomore Summer Institute
The road to law school is paved with motivation, perspiration and preparation-preparation
provided by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity's Sophomore Summer Institute.
The institute is a four-week residential program available at no cost to the
participants. The aim of the institute is to bring together students from diverse
racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds and provide them with
the training necessary to successfully prepare and navigate the road to law
Sophomore Summer Institute
Class of 2007
For the past sixyears, highly motivated students have competed for admission
into the Sophomore Summer Institute (SSI), the premiere pre-law program for
undergraduate students seeking one day to attend law school. Hosting up to 30
students annually, the program is structured to alert participants to the challenges
of law school admission and provide instructions on how to build the competitive
credentials necessary to gain admission. The training acquired in the curriculum
also enables participants to enhance academic performance throughout the remainder
of their undergraduate experience. Participation in SSI is a critical initial
investment in their future as a law student and the gains are exponential.
During the course of the program, students are exposed to two substantive legal
courses. The 2006 students were introduced to the Socratic method through coursework
in Tort law, legal writing and critical thinking. The content of the courses
exposes students to actual law school material in a way that is appropriate
for undergraduate students and enables them to sharpen critical reading and
analytical thinking skills, both of which will be critical for success in law
school. Participants can bolster their academic performance back at their home
colleges by applying the skills acquired in the legal writing course. Last summer's
class worked on: a personal statement that could be used for their law school
application and a legal brief that they used in oral arguments. Reasoning skills
and the confidence generated by strong oral skills are also developed and honed
as students prepare oral arguments for the moot court segment.
Because performance on the LSAT is a heavily weighted factor in law school admissions, participants receive intensive LSAT preparation. A number of assignments are devoted to answering the LSAT essay exams. In addition to these practical skills, students are taught how to ameliorate any fear associated with standardized tests. Students can monitor their progress over the course of two practice exams. The individual counseling that follows helps participants to develop an action plan for tackling the LSAT that they can implement when they return to college in the fall.
Students who participate in SSI overwhelmingly agree that it is a huge success!
In addition to the coursework and LSAT preparation, students glean pertinent
information about financing law school, selecting a school, the admissions process
and various practice areas through a series of afternoon-long workshops. The
workshops are designed to be interactive so that students may ask questions
and emerge from the workshops prepared to make career choices based on timely,
CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION
If you are an aspiring attorney, make the CLEO Sophomore Summer Institute your
first stop on the road to law school. To apply you must be currently enrolled
in an undergraduate institution, have earned a cumulative grade point average
of 3.0 or better and must have completed 45 credit hours by the time you submit
your application, while currently enrolled in 15 credit hours to be completed
by the time the program starts in June 2008.
Supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Thurgood Marshall Legal Opportunity
Program, SSI is open to students who are minority, low-income or otherwise disadvantaged.
Meals and lodging are provided during the four-week program.
Finally, because CLEO offers two six-week summer institutes for college graduates,
the SSI cannot extend an offer to students who have completed more than 72 credit
For further information or to apply, visit our website at www.cleoscholars.com
Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2008.