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Southern University Law Center Chosen to Host National Diversity Seminar

Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. Presents 50th Annual

Pre-Law Summer Institute June 10 – July 7, 2018


Largo, MD—February 7, 2018—CLEO, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO), the longest-serving national organization committed to diversity in the legal profession, has chosen Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to host its 50th annual Pre-Law Summer Institute, June 10 – July 7, 2018. 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.

“Southern University Law Center has been one of our long–time supporters. In fact, it was one of the first law schools in 1969 to host what was then called the Six-Week Summer Institute,” said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, Chief Executive Officer of CLEO. “It is fitting that Southern Law hosts the premier preparatory program for diverse students during this important moment in CLEO’s history.

“As Southern University Law Center celebrates over 70 years of access and opportunity, we are pleased to further our mission by partnering with CLEO, which will allow us to open the doors to the legal profession to an even larger diverse population,” stated John Pierre, Southern University Law’s Chancellor.

During 2018, CLEO will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the theme, “The CLEO EDGE: 50 Years of Championing Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality in the Legal Profession.” In addition to the Pre-Law Summer Institute and its Summer Seminar Series, CLEO will salute its history with a gala reception in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2018; and regional receptions in Houston (April 26); San Francisco (June 5); and New York (September 12).

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About the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.

CLEO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minority, low-income, and disadvantaged groups. Founded in 1968 when the number of lawyers of color was less than one percent, CLEO has produced more than 10,000 alumni who have excelled in every area of the legal profession and include judges, corporate attorneys, law school deans and professors, practitioners, politicians, and more.