High School students interested in law careers are getting a head start as part of the 5th Annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy. The program, hosted by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, runs through Friday, June 26.
The academy offers an intensive law school experience to select students at Cleveland, parochial and suburban schools. The nominated students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
The goal of the program is reduce the racial inequity in membership of the local bar and bench by introducing multicultural students to their potential to succeed in college and law school.
Nineteen students have spent time going through the litigation process, meeting with judges and touring the federal courthouse. Local attorneys, judges and faculty serve as volunteers. They will conduct a mock trial from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 25, at the law school's Moot Courtrooms A59 and A64.
"It was so exciting to see how engaged the students were, how much they were learning, and to watch their confidence in the material and their public speaking ability grow over the two week period," said Sarah Polly, associate dean for student services at the School of Law. Polly and Jennifer Cupar, assistant professor of law, serve as program liaisons.
The academy is named in honor of the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (FSM '71, LAW '74). She was the first female and first African American to serve as prosecutor in Cuyahoga County, the first African-American woman to serve as a judge for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, and the first African-American woman from Ohio elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Tubbs Jones represented the 11th Congressional District, which includes the campus.
At the end of the program, students are offered an opportunity to intern with a law or law-related sponsor. Learn more.
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