Washington, DC. January 18, 2012 – The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is excited to announce a brand new collaboration with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to increase the number of cities nationwide where the organization’s CLEO Connection pre-law workshops are offered. CLEO Connection provides a friendly environment for underrepresented law school aspirants to exchange ideas and get answers to important questions about law school and the legal profession. This free program, designed for current undergraduate students and post-grads, brings peers together to take advantage of the vast resources offered by CLEO and our valued partners from the legal community.
Students who attend will receive concrete information about preparing for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), the ingredients of a successful law school application packet, an overview of the law school experience, the many available career options for persons with a law degree, and important aspects of the judicial process. These relevant topics are presented by law school professors and admissions personnel, commercial LSAT course instructors, as well as legal practitioners representing a wide array of practice areas.
Cassandra Sneed Ogden, Executive Director, said “partnering with a far-reaching organization like the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity will enable CLEO to quickly get in front of an even greater number of ‘tomorrow’s attorneys’ in cities with very large and diverse populations. We are excited to be working with the LCLD and their many great member corporations and law firms, many of whom, we already have an excellent working relationship with!”
Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft, and chair of the LCLD Pipeline Committee, believes that “as members of the legal profession, we have an obligation to help persuade more diverse college students to consider law as a profession and to help them prepare. The LCLD Pipeline Committee’s vision is to build the strong diversity pipeline needed to attract into our profession individuals that are as diverse as the country itself. We are very excited to partner with CLEO on this important initiative. Their over 40 year mission to help minority and low income students prepare for and succeed in law school is strongly aligned with our goals.”
Here is the schedule for the Spring 2012 LCLD-sponsored CLEO Connection sessions:
Atlanta, GA (February 21; March 20; April 18)
To register for any of the above-listed sessions, eligible students can access the “College Students” tab on www.cleoscholars.org.
Established in 1968 to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school, CLEO is the oldest national pipeline organization committed to diversifying the legal profession. More than 8,500 students have participated in CLEO’s pre-law, law school academic, and professional development programs. Persons interested in registering for either the AIE or ASAP seminars can do so at www.cleoscholars.org.
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) was formed in 2009 to advance diversity in the legal profession. It is an organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to a truly diverse profession. To learn more about LCLD, please visit their website at www.lcldnet.org.