THE CLEO PRE-LAW SUMMER INSTITUTE
The road to law school is paved with motivation, perspiration, and preparation. If you are looking for a way to jump-start your preparation for the law school experience, then you are in the right place because the CLEO Pre-law Summer Institute is designed specifically for you. The Pre-Law Summer Institute is a four-week residential program with an objective of bringing together students of diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and geographical backgrounds and provide them with the training necessary to successfully prepare to navigate and complete the road to law school and beyond. As a participant in the program, you will learn five fundamental yet critical core elements that prepare you for success in law school:
Learn how to:
- Read and Brief Court Opinions
- Prepare for Law School Exams, Including the Best Practices for Learning All the Law You Need to Know for Your Exams
- Write exams using the IRAC structure
- Master your workload, time, and stress in law school
Experience the Socratic Method by participating in pre-law school classes taught by law professors
Write a Contracts Essay Exam and Debrief the Experience
Discover the Benefits of Study Groups and How to Make Sure Your Groups are Productive and not Dysfunctional
Begin to build a Network of other Successful Law Students and legal professionals
When will it start?
The residential portion of the summer institute will be held from June 11, 2017, to July 8, 2017. An online synchronous (“working together at the same time”) seminar, which is a part of the Pre-Law Summer Institute, will be held one week prior to the residential portion of the institute—June 5-9, 2017. This online course is mandatory.
Where will it be held?
The CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute will be held at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. Previous summer institutes have been held at Drake University Law School, The University of Mississippi School of Law, and Georgia State University College of Law.
How long will it last?
This year, the residential portion of the summer institute will be four weeks long beginning on June 11, 2017, and concluding on July 8, 2017. The synchronous online part of the program will be held June 5-9, 2017 which is one week prior to the beginning of the residential portion of the program.
The synchronous online part of the program is a mandatory and important part of the Summer Pre-Law Institute.
Who is eligible to participate?
CLEO recruits individuals who have a strong desire to join the legal profession. Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the summer institute. Applicants also must be eligible to attend an ABA-approved law school at the completion of the program.
What about my GPA and LSAT score?
Many students with marginal LSAT scores and GPAs would not be admitted to law school without the assistance of CLEO. While CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute participants must meet pre-determined academic requirements, CLEO recognizes and considers the numerous challenges that applicants have overcome in pursuit of their goal to attend law school.
Although CLEO may be liberal with respect to academic eligibility, it is unlikely that a student with marginal LSAT scores and GPA will be selected without a recommendation from a CLEO Partner School or Supporting/Sustaining Institution (PSSI).
How many students are selected and how much does it cost?
The law school will host 40 students and the cost is $2,500. This cost includes dorm housing, food, books, and materials for the program.
The CLEO Pre-Law Institute will consist of both students already accepted into law school and students who may need placement assistance. In fact, on average 70% of the participants are either already admitted or conditionally admitted to law school prior to the start of the program.
When will applicants be selected?
Each year, the program receives hundreds of applications. CLEO has a rolling admission policy. The CLEO early decision enables applicants who apply by November 30, 2016, to receive “early admit” status. If selected, you will be notified by January 31, 2017. The regular applicant pool for the Summer 2017 program will be selected before May 2017.
How do law schools recommend applicants for the CLEO program?
Although there is a rolling admission policy, CLEO will send your name to law schools that appear on your application. Any of those law schools may choose to make recommendations. Therefore, it is very important that you correctly identify the law schools to which you will apply.
When is the deadline for applications?
All applications must be submitted by March 15, 2017.
How do I get started?
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university earned prior to the start of the CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute
- Obtain LSAT scores and CAS subscription from www.lsac.org. In order for CLEO to receive your Law School Admission Council (LSAC) report, please apply to LSAC. On the LSAC application, you will go to the school list which is in alphabetical order. On thelist you will see a line titled “non-member schools.” Under non-member schools select “Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.
- Be prepared to upload a typed, double-spaced personal statement
- Apply online by March 15, 2017, for the Pre-Law Summer Institute
- Pay a nonrefundable $30 application fee as part of the online application; only credit/debit cards are accepted. No fee waivers will be granted.
Note: Any changes in application information after its initial submission should be addressed in writing to the organization’s Director of Prelaw Program Operations or sent by e-mail to email@example.com.