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Registration is now open for

CLEO 2014 Six-Week Pre-Law Summer Institute

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2014 Six-Week Pre-Law Summer Institute(s) Dates and Locations:
TBA - June - July 2014

Early applicant deadline is December 15, 2013.
Regular Applicant deadline is February 15, 2014. 

                             High Standards  Commitment to Excellence  Successful Environment
The CLEO Six-Week Pre-Law  Summer Institute is designed to "demystify" the law school experience. Preparation builds self-assurance and participants enter law school more confident in their ability to succeed. 

A full-time program, held on two law school campuses during June and July, the Institute is both rigorous and demanding.

The Institute focuses on legal methods and techniques that help to develop students’ abstract thinking, analysis, and synthesizing skills. The Institute has an impressive track record of success.  Nearly 9,000 diverse and/or economically disadvantaged students have been oriented to law school through the Institutes since 1968. More than 90% of the students who attend the institute enter law school in the fall.

William Mitchell College of Law - 2012 CLEO Program

Who is eligible to participate?

CLEO recruits individuals who have a strong desire to join the legal profession. Applicants must be eligible to attend an ABA-approved law school at the completion of the program. Applicants must also have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the summer institute.

What about my GPA and LSAT score?

Many students with marginal LSAT scores and GPAs would not be admitted to law school without the assistance of CLEO. While CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute participants must meet pre-determined academic requirements, CLEO recognizes and considers the numerous challenges that applicants have overcome in pursuit of their goal to attend law school.

Although CLEO may be liberal with respect to academic eligibility, it is unlikely that a student with marginal LSAT scores and GPA will be selected without a recommendation from a CLEO Partner School or Supporting/Sustaining Institution (PSSI).

How do law schools recommend applicants for the CLEO program?

Although there is a rolling admission policy, CLEO will send your name to law schools that appear on your application. Any of those law schools may choose to make recommendations. Therefore it is very important that an applicant correctly identifies the law schools to which he/she will apply.

The University of Mississippi School of Law  - 2012 CLEO Program 

How many students are selected and how much does it cost?

Each of the two law schools will host 40 students. The cost is $2,000, which includes dorm housing, food, books, and materials for six weeks. There are a few low-income seats at a cost of $700.

CLEO Institutes will consist of both students already accepted into law school and students who may need placement assistance. In fact, on average 70% of the participants have already been admitted or conditionally admitted to law school prior to the start of the program.

When will applicants be selected?

CLEO is competitive. Each year, the program receives approximately 500 applications. CLEO has a rolling admission policy. The CLEO early decision enables applicants who apply by December 15, 2013, to receive “early admit” status. If selected, you will be notified by January 31, 2014.  The regular applicant pool will be selected before May 2014.

When is the deadline for applications?

All applications must be submitted by February 15, 2014.

How do I get started?

Applicants for admission to the CLEO Six-week Pre-Law Summer Institute should:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university earned prior to the start of the CLEO Six-Week Pre-Law Summer Institute
  • Obtain LSAT scores and CAS subscription from In order for CLEO to receive your Law School Admission Council (LSAC) report, please apply to LSAC.  On the LSAC application, you will go to the school list which is in alphabetical order.  On the list you will see a line titled "non-member schools."  Under non-member schools select "Council on Legal Education Opportunity."
  • Be prepared to upload a typed, double-spaced personal statement
  • Apply online by February 15, 2014, for the Six-Week Pre-Law Summer Institute
  • Pay a nonrefundable $30 application fee as part of the online application; only credit/debit cards are accepted. No fee waivers will be granted.
  • Apply to at least one CLEO Consortium Partner School or Supporting/Sustaining Institution
  • Return the Student Aid Report (low-income applicants only) by March 30, 2014. Only, if you are accepted into the CLEO Six-Week Pre-Law Summer Institute, will low-income applicants be requested to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) from

Note: Any changes in application information after its initial submission should be addressed in writing to the CLEO Admissions Administrator or sent by e-mail to

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