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HBA-DC Urged to Spread The Word about CLEO

Tuesday, May 8, 2012  
Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), a non-profit project of the ABA,has been committed to diversifying the legal profession since 1968. Unfortunately, minority groups and students from low to moderate income groups are still grossly under-represented in law school and in the legal profession.Please do your part to fill the pipeline--spread the word about CLEO's upcoming programs:
1. CLEO are about to kick offtheir Attitude Is Essential (AIE) seminars in six locations:

DePaul University, Chicago, IL (6/23-6/24); Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA (6/30-7/01); Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, CA (7/07-7/08); Thurgood Marshall, Houston, TX (7/14-7/15); New York Law School, New York, NY (7/21-7/22); and

Catholic University, Washington, DC (7/28-7/29)



The seminars will expose entering law students to legal writing, case briefing, the Socratic Method, and the anatomy of an essay exam. As you know, the first year grades are critical to second year campus recruitment opportunities. Students need to be ready on the first day of class or they risk falling behind in law school and their legal career.



Please feel free to forward the flyer and brochure to students and student groups who may benefit from the program. There are a number of Hispanic law students throughout the country who would benefit greatly from the Attitude Is Essential seminar and the opportunity to network with other students and professionals.

Applicants are required to pay a $30 application fee and $70 upon acceptance. This nominal fee helps offset the cost of materials and meals that CLEO incurs for AIE. You might even be inclined to sponsor an incoming law student or two for a seminar.



Students can apply online at May 22nd. Please spread the word!



2. Achieving Success in the Application Process (ASAP)

Preparing talented, motivated, yet under-represented students to successfully gain admission to and succeed in law school. The ASAP program curriculum will focus on aspects of the law school application process that are commonly overlooked or undervalued by students when applying to law school.

· Selecting a law school,

· Writing an effective personal statement,

· Choosing sources for letters of recommendations,

· Preparing strategies for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and understanding the impact of LSAT scores and Grade Point Averages (GPA) in the selection process,

· Understanding the significance of the early application process offered by many law schools

· Managing Debt and developing credit worthiness

· Common errors committed by law school applicants

When/Where: various weekends in June & July
Where: various cities throughout the U.S.

Students may apply on-line at


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