(formerly known as Summer Law Institute – SLI)
The Law and Justice Institute (LJI) is a five-week program for rising ninth graders that seeks to inspire students to strive for academic excellence and to pursue careers in the law.
During LJI, students will learn about criminal justice, the criminal trial process, and participate in a mock trial competition in front of actual judges!
Students will also meet a variety of attorneys and judges, and attend field trips – all while learning the necessary skills to succeed in high school and beyond.
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Frequently Asked Questions About LJI
From Students (click here)
Why should I attend LJI?
LJI will give you a wonderful opportunity to learn about criminal law and the trial process. You will learn about topics such as stop and frisk, search and seizure, evidence, arraignment, and bail. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a mock trial in front of an actual judge. In addition, you will meet different attorneys each day and attend field trips each week. LJI will also teach you the skills you need to excel in high school, including: critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and persuasion.
This sound great, but what if I don’t want to be a lawyer?
You should still apply! The skills you will learn in LJI are not just skills that attorneys use. All successful students and professionals should be able to think critically, write well, speak well in public, and advocate for themselves and others.
Will LJI be fun?
YES! LJI is a lot of fun. One of our students described it best: “Work hard, play hard! If you’re willing to work you will have the best time of your life.” You will meet new friends, form great relationships, learn how to argue like a lawyer, and have the opportunity to earn trophies.
When is LJI and where will it take place?
LJI will take place from July 6-August 5, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm. You will be assigned to one of five law schools: Columbia Law School, CUNY School of Law, Fordham Law School, NYU Law School / PACT Institute; St. John’s School of Law.
Who is eligible for LJI?
Eighth grade students from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, are eligible to apply for LJI.
How many students are accepted into LJI?
We accept up to 28 students for each of the five law school sites. Since we accept students on a rolling basis, the sooner you apply, the better your chances are of getting in! See below for how to apply.
But I want to get a job this summer – why should I attend LJI instead?
No summer job will prepare you for high school, college, or a professional career like LJI! Consider LJI as an investment in your future. The hard work you put in now will pay off greatly in the future when you’re able to succeed in high school, gain admission to a top college, and enter the career of your choice. You will also receive a stipend for successful completion of LJI (translation: you will be paid to learn).
What if I have to attend a summer bridge program at my new high school?
If you have a summer bridge program to attend please contact Legal Outreach at LJI@legaloutreach.org or 718-752-0222, ext. 208. In most instances, you will still be able to attend LJI because we are an academic program. Legal Outreach will help you speak with your high school about the value of participating in LJI.
I really enjoyed my time in LJI. Is there anything else?
Yes. College Bound is our four-year program designed to help you get into the top colleges and universities in the country. You will receive support, guidance, and training within a community of other students who also aim to excel academically. College Bound includes a debate program, an attorney mentoring program, paid internships, SAT prep, and so much more. The only way to apply for College Bound, however, is if you successfully complete LJI.
From Parents (click here)
In a word: transformation. Few other program are as inspiring, engaging and supportive as LJI. Throughout the five weeks of LJI you will see your child begin to think, speak, and act like a lawyer. He or she will become a better writer and thinker. Your child will become more responsible and will develop the skills necessary to succeed in high school and beyond including, critical thinking, writing, public speaking, reading comprehension, and advocacy. We also stress time management, preparedness and good test-taking and study skills. Your child will also begin to imagine her/himself as an attorney, judge, or other professional. Finally, your child will gain confidence as an advocate for themselves and their community.
When is LJI and where will it take place?
LJI will take place from July 6-August 5, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm. Your child will be assigned to one of five law schools: Columbia Law School, CUNY School of Law, Fordham Law School, NYU Law School / PACT Institute; St. John’s School of Law.
How much does LJI cost?
LJI is FREE for most families, and all students will receive a monetary stipend upon successful completion of the program. Students are responsible for paying for transportation and lunch.
What if my child has to attend a summer bridge program for high school?
Please contact Legal Outreach at LJI@legaloutreach.org or 718-752-0222, ext. 208 if you child has to attend a summer bridge program. In most instances, your child will still be able to attend LJI because we are an academic program. Legal Outreach will help you speak with your child’s high school about the value of participating in LJI.
Are there other opportunities beyond LJI?
Yes. Students who successfully complete LJI are eligible to apply to College Bound, a four-year, comprehensive academic enrichment and support program designed to get students into our nation’s most highly selective colleges. See the College Bound page for more information.
How can my child apply?
See application information. As a parent, you will need to complete a short supplement to your child’s application, and attend an information session and interview with your child.
From Middle School Guidance Counselors and Principals (click here)
LJI offers a tremendous opportunity to develop the necessary skills for success in high school and beyond in a fun learning environment. Our curricula are designed to hone a number of skills, including: critical thinking, writing, public speaking, reading comprehension, and advocacy. In addition, students gain valuable knowledge of substantive law. They are inspired to imagine themselves as attorneys, judges, and other professionals. They are equipped to become advocates for themselves and their communities.
What type of students are you looking for?
We are looking for smart, energetic, inquisitive students who are willing to work hard to achieve their dreams.
How can I get my students involved?
Email LJI@legaloutreach.org or call 718-752-0222, ext. 227 to schedule a presentation at your school.
How can I help my students who are interested in LJI?
Encourage your students to apply and follow-up with them about the application process. Students will also need two teacher recommendations. You can serve as a recommender for students. Also encourage your colleagues to stress the importance of LJI to their students.
Steps in the Process for Law & Justice Institute (LJI) Applicants
So you want to be a part of the 2016 LJI (formerly known as the Summer Law Institute/SLI)?? Follow these simple steps and remember to check your email frequently!
- Fill out a Law and Justice Institute Application
- Ask two teachers for recommendations! All of the information that they need to provide a recommendation can be found at this link.
- Call 718.752.0222 Ext. 227 or email LJI@legaloutreach.org to confirm your interview time, and be sure to attend!
- Check your email for your LJI acceptance!
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