What is NJ LEEP?
NJ LEEP, Inc. (The New Jersey Law Education Empowerment Project) was founded in 2006 in partnership with Seton Hall Law School 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.
NJ LEEP Celebrates the LEEP to College
NJ LEEP Faciliated Mock Trial Program at North Star Academy