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The New York Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY LEO) is designed to ensure a diverse legal community by promoting academic success in law school for individuals historically under-represented in the legal profession.

Through an intense six-week summer program, the NY LEO Program assists minority, low-income and economically or educationally disadvantaged college graduates in acquiring the fundamental and practical skills necessary to succeed in law school.  The program is available to qualified candidates who will attend law school in New York.

The NY LEO Program is administered by the Honorable Juanita Bing Newton, Dean of the New York State Judicial Institute.  The Program takes place at the Judicial Institute which is located on the campus of Pace Law School.  Students live on campus and participate in the program full-time.  Experienced law professors provide instruction in first-year law school core courses as well as in legal research, writing and analysis.  As part of the program, students have the opportunity to visit courts in session and meet with members of the judiciary and other legal professionals.

Program Information

Interview with Dean Newton: Podcast | Transcript

2016 Application Information

Information Regarding the 2017 NY LEO Program Will Be Posted in the Near Future. Please Continue to Monitor the Website.

2016 Brochure

NY LEO Program