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Law and Leadership Institute now accepting applications for 2013 summer institute

The Law and Leadership Institute, LLC (LLI) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Institute. The application process is open to current eighth grade students. Applications may be submitted online and are due and must be postmarked by April 15, 2013. 

LLI seeks to provide an opportunity for students from underserved communities to learn skills that may help them become lawyers and leaders in their communities. The program enriches high school instruction through a four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills and professionalism. LLI began in 2008 as a summer program at law schools in two cities serving 40 students. It has evolved into a year-round program at law schools in six cities serving over 400 high school students. LLI currently operates on eight of Ohio’s nine law school campuses in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo and is the product of a collaboration between the nine Ohio law schools, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. Thanks to the generous financial support of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and Law School Admission Council, the first class of LLI alumni will complete their freshman year of college this May.

Once accepted, rising freshman students will begin the five-week program on June 24, 2013. The program will culminate with a Mock Trial competition on July 26, featuring students from LLI program locations across the state. 

LLI’s Summer Institute serves as a free bridge program for students progressing from middle school to high school. In addition to the academic enrichment, leadership training, legal curriculum, daily professional speakers and field trips, students are provided free lunch and healthy snacks throughout their program day. Free transportation, on local public transportation routes, is also provided.

The Law and Leadership Institute, LLC is made possible, in part, by grants from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Law School Admission Council, and other public and private donors. It is through these generous donations and volunteer support from the legal and education communities that the vision of former Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and former Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers is being realized.

For more information about LLI, please visit www.lawandleadership.org

Contact: Reina Sims, Deputy Director, (614) 485-3502.

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