53 Years of Championing
Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality
in the Legal Profession
Founded in 1968 when the number of lawyers of color was less than one percent, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) has worked to increase the number of lawyers from diverse backgrounds for the last half century. Although best known for its Pre-Law Summer Institute “boot camp,” CLEO provides services to high school, pre-law, and law school students which include mentoring, placement assistance, academic counseling and support, scholarships, and bar prep orientation. Since inception, more than 27,000 individuals have participated in a CLEO program and/or utilized an offered service.