"NJ LEEP has been a tremendous asset to my child. I hope and pray that in the near future, I can repay to NJ LEEP all the skills, confidence, etc. that the program has instilled in my daughter."  --NJ LEEP Parent. "I remain firm in my sentiment toward NJ LEEP and its impact on my child’s life, attitude and achievements. I am renewing my commitment to give time and effort in the oversight needed to help my child reach the greatest potential possible."  --NJ LEEP Parent. "I am very proud to have my niece in the NJ LEEP Program. It gave her the confidence to excel and also be a role model to her brother."  --NJ LEEP Parent.

“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

NJ LEEP is the 2014 Winner of the New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award!

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.

Grades 6-8:

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.

Grades 9-12:

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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NJ LEEP Celebrates the LEEP to College