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Who Is Eligible for PRE-LAW SUMMER INSTITUTE : Graduating seniors or graduates who plan to attend law school in the fall.
What: A multi-week online and residential program designed to prepare participants to be more competitive law school students. Those who successfully complete the program become CLEO or CLIC Fellows. (For more information about the CLEO Legally Inspired Cohort program, click here

Where: Online hosted by The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law, Carlisle, PA
When:  June 1 – July 12, 2020
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Cost: $1,200  (includes room, board, and instructional materials, but not transportation.)

So you want to go to law school.

Have you taken the LSAT?

Are you a graduate or will you graduate from college by the end of May 2020?

Have you considered how you’re going to prepare academically for law school?

CLEO’s PRE-LAW SUMMER INSTITUTE could be your answer. 

Here are things you should know about CLEO’s Pre-Law Summer Institute and how it prepares you for law school:


Learn how to:

  • Read and Brief Court Opinions
  • Prepare for Law School Exams, Including the Best Practices for Learning All the Law You Need to Know for Your Exams
  • Write exams using the IRAC form
  • Conquer your workload, time, and stress in law school


Experience the Socratic Method by participating in simulated law school classes taught by law professors


Write a Contracts Essay Exam and Debrief the Experience


Discover the Benefits of Study Groups and How to Make Sure Your Groups are Productive and not Dysfunctional


Begin to build a Network of other Successful Law Students

When will it start?

The entire summer institute will be held June 1– July 12, 2020.

Where will it be held?

For the first time in 52 years, the CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute will be held virtually—online—hosted by  The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law. Previous summer institutes have been held at Southern University Law Center, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Drake University Law School, and The University of Mississippi School of Law.

How long will it last?

This year the entire summer institute will be six weeks long.  To protect the health and safety of our students, the Pre-Law Summer Institute will be online.

Who is eligible to participate?

CLEO recruits individuals who have a strong desire to join the legal profession. Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the summer institute.  Applicants also must be eligible to attend an ABA-approved law school at the completion of the program.

What about my GPA and LSAT score?

Many students with marginal LSAT scores and GPAs would not be admitted to law school without the assistance of CLEO. While CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute participants must meet pre-determined academic requirements, CLEO recognizes and considers the numerous challenges that applicants have overcome in pursuit of their goal to attend law school.

Although CLEO may be liberal with respect to academic eligibility, it is unlikely that a student with marginal LSAT scores and GPA will be selected without a recommendation from a CLEO Partner School or Supporting/Sustaining Institution (PSSI).

How many students are selected and how much does it cost?

The law school will host 40 students and the cost is $1,200 per student. A CLEO EDGE Pre-Law Scholarship for the cost of the summer institute will be awarded to 20 students.

The CLEO Pre-Law Institute will consist of both students already accepted into law school and students who may need placement assistance. In fact, on average 70% of the participants have already been admitted or conditionally admitted to law school prior to the start of the program.

When will applicants be selected?

CLEO has a rolling admission policy.  The regular applicant pool will be selected before May 2020.

How do law schools recommend applicants for the CLEO program?

Although there is a rolling admission policy, CLEO will send your name to law schools that appear on your application. Any of those law schools may choose to make recommendations. Therefore it is very important that you correctly identify the law schools to which you will actually apply.

When is the deadline for applications?

All applications must be submitted by April 30, 2020.

How do I get started?

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university earned prior to the start of the CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute
  • Obtain LSAT scores and CAS subscription from In order for CLEO to receive your Law School Admission Council (LSAC) report, please apply to LSAC.  On the LSAC application, you will go to the school list which is in alphabetical order.  On the list you will see a line titled “non-member schools.”  Under non-member schools select “Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.”
  • Be prepared to upload a typed, double-spaced personal statement
  • Apply online by April 30, 2020, for the Pre-Law Summer Institute
  • Pay a nonrefundable $30 application fee as part of the online application; only credit/debit cards are accepted. No fee waivers will be granted.
  • Apply to at least one CLEO Consortium Partner School or Supporting/Sustaining Institution

Note: Any changes in application information after its initial submission should be addressed in writing to the organization’s Director of Prelaw Program Operations or sent by e-mail to