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About CLEO

CLEO is a nonprofit entity of the American Bar Association. Our mission is to diversify the legal profession. Since our inception in 1968, CLEO has been at the forefront of helping minority, low-income and disadvantaged students gain access to law school, successfully matriculate and pass the bar exam.

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The LSAT score is a critical factor in the law school admissions process. CLEO conducts various seminars on preparation strategies and techniques to help students achieve competitive LSAT scores and gain admission into law school.

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CLEO provides a wide range of pre-law programs that are designed to prepare students for the rigor of law school and to increase retention and successful matriculation rates. Each year CLEO conducts the following programs or seminars for students who are entering law school.

Attitude is Essential

6-Week Summer Institute


CLEO awards LSAT preparation course scholarships on a regular basis to college students who meet eligibility requirements and demonstrate an interest in attending law school and joining the legal profession.

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College Students

The goal of our program is to emphasize the skills and preparation that are necessary to become a competitive law school applicant.

College Freshmen can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the CLEO College Scholars Road to Law School seminar.

The Road to Law School seminar is a one-day seminar designed to expose participants to the law school admission process and steps for making them competitive law school applicants. To learn more and register, visit the Road To Law School page.

The CLEO College Scholars program is the preeminent law school preparation program for low-income, minority and otherwise disadvantaged college students and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program. If you have not already received a copy of the winter/spring 2007 CLEO Edge magazine, be sure to click on "Join Now" to be included on our mailing list.

In the meantime, take advantage of our on-line version and be sure to check out the following articles written especially for College Scholars: Is Law School Right For Me? and Make The Grade and Always On Time. If you have further questions about the College Scholars program, you may email CLEO at or call (866) 886-4343. Best of luck in the upcoming academic year!


Be prepared – find out what to do, when

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Check out CLEO's pre-law programs:

College Scholars Pre-Law Seminars
Sophomore Summer Institute
CLEO Junior Ambassadors Program
Achieving Success in the Application Process


Earl Warren Shearman & Sterling Scholarship

Criteria: Awarded to African American students entering law school with financial need, academic achievement, and personal commitment to the legal profession and public service. Scholarship is renewable.  Applications may be submitted by students in their final year of undergraduate study who are applying to law school, and by individuals planning a career change be attending law school. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, career achievement, demonstrated financial need and personal commitment to the legal profession and public service. Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of attorneys from Shearman & Sterling and the LDF. The finalists are invited to New York City each year, as guests of Shearman & Sterling, for personal interviews with the committee.

Award amount

Mimimum Award: $15,000.00
Average Award: $15,000.00
Maximum Award: $15,000.00

Deadline Details

March 31

Study Areas

pursuit of J.D.

Renew Details

Recipient must remain in good standing in order to renew award, in addition to completing full-time credits.

Sponsor information

Earl Warren Shearman & Sterling Scholarship

99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10013
United States

212 965-2200     
212 219-1595 (fax)

Contact information

Maruja Corro
Program Secretary

99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10013
United States

212 965-2225
212 219-1595 (fax)

Number of awards

Number of Applications: 150
Maximum Awards: 2

African-American Law Student Fellowship 

Sponsor: The National Bar Institute
Description: Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to creating equality and justice for African-Americans through work in their law schools, their neighborhoods and community and intend to return to a Black community to practice law.
Contact: 202/842-3900



Congressional Black Caucus

1004 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003


Criteria: Awarded to African American students only. This is a nine month research program designated to prepare minority graduate and professional students for senior level careers in the legislative arena.
Deadline: May

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

1707 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009

Awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are given to members of Delta Sigma Theta. Aid is based on meritorious achievement. Winners may also be eligible for other types of financial assistance.
Deadline: March


Earl Warren Legal Training Program, Inc. - Public Interest Law Scholarships

99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10013


Awards of $1,500 per year for three years (plus a $2,500 summer intern grant) are available to African American law students who are U.S. citizens and who pledge to work one year in the field of public interest law for every year of financial backing provided. Preference is given to needy applicants who are under 35 years of age.
Deadline: March

Herbert Lehman Scholarship for African-American Law Students

Sponsor: NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Description: this program is open to African Americans who are students at law schools where African Americans are significantly underrepresented. U.S. citizenship is required.
Contact: 212/965-2225

Deadline: Applications must be requested by February


National Association of Black Women Attorneys

724 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 206
Washington, DC 20001


First-and second-year black, female students may apply for scholarships of varying amounts offered to outstanding law students. Winners are selected based on an essay contest, the subject of which focuses on an issue of contemporary concern.
Deadline: February


Mandela Law Scholarship

National Black Law Students Association

c/o LaTanya Funches
9919 S. Union Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
Criteria: Applicants must be studying law. Students who are entering law school or are in their first year of law school are eligible.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: November


Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship

National Black Law Students Association

c/o LaTanya Funches
9919 S. Union Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628

Criteria: Two monetary awards will be given commemorative of Ms. Brown. Applicants must be a rising second or third year law student, and submit an essay on the specified topic.
Amount: Not less than $500
Deadline: November


Articles Regarding Law School Admissions

Breaking the Minority Attorney Drought






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Before embarking on any career path, it is essential to research vital statistics regarding the profession.  Below are links to resources that will assist you in your career planning. For example, understanding the demographics of the legal profession like the number of minority lawyers in the profession, the average salaries earned by lawyers in a given practice area and the various career opportunities within the profession can make a different in how you approach entering the legal profession and ultimately can impact your job satisfaction. Although some of the data may be somewhat out dated, based on our research the information is the most up to date available most of which is provided by the American Bar Association the nations largest voluntary  bar association for lawyers.  We, however, do not represent that the links and resources are exhausive or represents all data on the relevant subjects.


Law Firm Diversity


Women Lawyers


Legal Career Surveys


Quality of Life

Public Perception of Justice System/Lawyers

Mandatory CLE States


Lawyer Discipline & Legal Malpractice


Law Firms Ranked by size, revenue





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Additional Books & Guides

“Official Guide to ABA-approved Law Schools" 2008 Edition Left Page 1 Data (Excel Spreadsheets) [XLS]
“Official Guide to ABA-approved Law Schools" 2008 Edition Left Page 2 Data (Excel Spreadsheets) [XLS]
“Official Guide to ABA-approved Law Schools" 2008 Edition Right Page Data (Excel Spreadsheets) [XLS]



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