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Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. Presents 52nd Annual

Pre-Law Summer Institute June 15 – July 12, 2020

The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law Chosen to Host National Diversity Seminar

    Largo, MD—October 10, 2019—CLEO, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc., the longest-serving national organization committed to diversity in the legal profession, has chosen The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to host its 52nd annual Pre-Law Summer Institute, June 15 to July 12, 2020. The Pre-Law Summer Institute is CLEO’s core program and has been operated continuously since 1968.

     This CLEO annually-sponsored, intensive pre-law summer institute is designed to introduce students to the skills, knowledge, and values essential to their success in law school, including self-directed learning, legal reasoning, writing, and the Socratic method of teaching.  Sponsored and staffed in cooperation with participating law schools, the institute exposes students to the rigors of the first-year of law school.

     “We are pleased that Penn State Dickinson Law will be our host for this important seminar.  This is the first time in decades that the law school has been the host,” said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, Chief Executive Officer of CLEO.  “And we welcome the opportunity to partner with the oldest law school in Pennsylvania and one of the oldest law schools in the country.”

     “The opportunity to host CLEO’s Pre-Law Summer Institute furthers Penn State Dickinson Law’s commitment to creating opportunities for diverse pre-law students,” said Jeffrey A. Dodge, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Services and CLEO’s Pre-Law Summer Institute Director in summer 2020.  “Dickinson Law is proud to support an accomplished national pipeline program designed to increase access to law school for applicants and diversify the legal profession.  Under Dean Danielle Conway’s leadership, we hope hosting PLSI is just the start of many future law school-sponsored pipeline programs.”

     As a part of the PLSI, participants will also take part in an online synchronous seminar, “Developing Law School Literacies,” to be held June 1 – June 12, 2020.

     For more information about the Pre-Law Summer Institute, or to register for the historic seminar, click on

About the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.

CLEO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to inspire, motivate, and prepare students from underrepresented communities to succeed in law school and beyond.  Founded in 1968, when the number of lawyers of color was less than one percent, CLEO has since had more than 25,000 high school, college pre-law, and law students participate in its programs with more than 46 percent becoming members of the legal profession.  CLEO alumni have excelled in every area of the legal profession to include judges, corporate attorneys, law school deans and professors, practitioners, politicians, and more.  More information about CLEO and its programs can be found at

About The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law

Founded in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1834, Dickinson Law is the oldest law school in Pennsylvania and one of the oldest in the country. For more than 185 years, Dickinson Law graduates have included the nation’s most distinguished attorneys, judges, government and corporate leaders, and legal educators. Our 1997 merger with Penn State expanded our reputation, network, and joint degree programs—complementing Dickinson Law’s legacy as an innovative leader in experiential education. Learn more at

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