About the Law & Leadership Institute at UC Law
Since 2009, the University of Cincinnati College of Law has served as one of the sites for the statewide Law and Leadership Institute. The Law and Leadership Institute is a pipeline program designed to increase diversity in law school and in the legal profession. The program is directed by Professor Michele Bradley, with the assistance of law student teachers and educators from Cincinnati Public Schools.
LLI invites high-potential students attending underserved urban high schools to participate. Successful participants are those students who are motivated to succeed once opportunity and access are provided. Participants may or may not want to become attorneys, but they will learn skills that will help them succeed in school and in life.
Participating students enroll the summer after the eighth grade year and continue in the program until they graduate from high school. LLI students attend classes daily for five weeks during the summer at the College of Law. The program provides an overview of basic legal concepts and academic skills essential for success in college and the professional world. The program continues with periodic Saturday sessions during the academic year. Participants learn skills in leadership, writing, public speaking, test-taking, and studying that will be crucial to their success as students and future professionals. Participants also take field trips to courthouses and legal offices. The program concludes with a mock trial competition, giving the students a chance to test their skills in front of practicing judges and lawyers, as well as their friends and family. In addition to making friends with like-minded, intelligent, and talented students, LLI students will meet successful legal professionals, including judges and lawyers, who will inspire, advise, and support.
In 2011, the program was recognized by the ABA in 2011 for its pipeline work throughout the State of Ohio. LLI received an honorable mention in the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award Competition for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity. In 2012 the program was recognized by the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Bar Association Roundtable for its successful work in educational initiatives to increase diversity in the legal profession.
For more information about the program, please visit the Law and Leadership Institute website http://www.lawandleadership.org/.