Summer Institute Provides Support for Prospective Minority Law Students

OXFORD, Miss. – In the midst of observing the 50th anniversary of the university’s integration, the University of Mississippi School of Law has been selected to host a summer program for minorities and disadvantaged students who want a legal education.

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity Summer Institute is set for June 3-July 13. CLEO is a project of the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education, and this is the 45th consecutive year for the program.The School of Law hosted the institute five times from 1977 to 1993, and was chosen by CLEO to host this year along with William Mitchell College of Law.

“The University of Mississippi values diversity, and CLEO is a program known to promote and value diversity,” said Sandra Cox-McCarty, associate dean for administration at the law school and director of the CLEO Summer Institute. “With that said, we are taking an active role in promoting CLEO’s mission and values by hosting the summer program.”

The program provides a tremendous opportunity for both the law school and for the entire university, said Richard Gershon, UM law dean.

CLEO teaches the skills, knowledge and values essential to students’ success in law school, including self-directed learning, legal reasoning, writing and the Socratic method of teaching. It exposes them to the rigors of the first-year curriculum and assesses their potential for success.

Students will take three academic classes, two of which are legal writing courses, and participate in enrichment activities such as visits to the federal and state courthouses, movie nights, concerts in the Grove, a judges lunch and more.

“We are pleased these two long-time supporters of CLEO and its programs will host our highly successful six-week pre-law Summer Institute,” said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, CLEO executive director. “Creating a truly diverse legal profession requires the steadfast commitment of law schools like William Mitchell, Ole Miss and the more than 150 others that have continued to support programs like CLEO.”

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