“At the New Jersey Law Education Empowerment Program…I hear you guys are connecting students with internships and mentors from local law firms. I was a lawyer — you do know that. And that was one thing I wish I had done, I never worked in a law firm before. This is such great experience, because you’ll have some idea what you’re doing when you go to law school.” – First Lady Michelle Obama
What is NJ LEEP?
NJ LEEP, Inc. (The New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project) was founded in 2006 to empower youth from underserved neighborhoods in northern New Jersey to greater educational achievement through a three-fold focus on skills, habits, and exposure. NJ LEEP focuses upon combining law-related education programming with college access programming.
NJ LEEP facilitates school-based law-related education programming for students in grades 6-8. In such programming, NJ LEEP staff attorneys teach constitutional law, criminal law, and trial process in-school and after-school, and facilitate mock trial and constitutional debate competitions. In this program, volunteer attorneys and law students serve as competition coaches and career-track mentors.
NJ LEEP facilitates school-based law-related education programming for urban students in grades 9-12, and serves a large cohort of urban students from the Greater Newark Area in grades 9-12 in an intensive out-of-school time four-year, year-round, college access program at Seton Hall Law School. This program is called NJ LEEP’s College Bound Program.
College & Beyond:
100% of graduates of NJ LEEP’s College Bound Program have enrolled in college. NJ LEEP provides pre-law counseling, adjustment support, scholarships, and other support to these students.
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