Summer Law Institute

The Summer Law Institute is an intensive five-week program for rising ninth graders that seeks to inspire students to strive for academic excellence and to pursue careers in the law. The program, which includes a criminal justice and trial process curriculum, guest speakers, field trips and a mock trial competition, also teaches students time management, essay writing and test taking skills, good study habits, and professionalism so that they are uniquely prepared to succeed in high school.

SLI students are recruited from various junior high schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx beginning in January. Individual and group interviews take place through the end of March with final decisions being announced in April. About 24-32 students will be accepted to each of our six SLIs at each of our partnering institutions, which include Columbia Law School, NYU Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Fordham Law School, St. John’s Law School, and New York Law School. If Legal Outreach does not recruit at your child’s school, please feel free to download the attached application.

To find out whether your school is on the list of schools where we recruit, please e-mail

Students accepted to participate in an SLI are required to attend the entire program, which runs from July to the first week in August each year. Further, students must participate in an SLI to be eligible to apply to Legal Outreach’s four-year College Bound program.


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Application deadline is now Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Teachers Recommendation Form
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