Preparing For Law School
The program prepares students for what law school will be like when they start attending in the fall. It's a boot camp for lawyers. They're in class or studying in the library most of the day. It's all part of a six week seminar offered by the MU School of Law and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, or CLEO.
Channing Hawkins, a CLEO program participant, will go to law school at Howard University in the fall. Hawkins said diversity goes beyond skin color.
"When I say diversity, I don't just mean race. I mean diversity of opinion, diversity as far as background, and give us all the opportunity to come together for one cause, which is to learn to become lawyers," Hawkins explains.
MU law professors teach legal writing, torts and contract law. CLEO offers different pre-law programs lasting from a weekend to six weeks. One former program participant said the six week program is more beneficial for students.
"The great thing about the six weeks is it gives you more time to go over things, the information, that they give you and to learn more of the substantive law, and it's a better preparatory for what the rigors of the first year will be like," teaching assistant Terry James said.
When they finish next month, the participants will be better prepared for their classes at law schools across the country. MU and the University of Pittsburgh are the only two colleges hosting the CLEO program this summer. It costs $2,000 and includes room and board in the dorms on campus.