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Registration for

CLEO 2016 Pre-Law Summer Institute is Closed

Drake University Law School will host the

CLEO 2016 Pre-Law Summer Institute

June 5 - July 2, 2016


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So you want to go to law school.  Have you taken the LSAT? Have you graduated from college or will you graduate from college by the end of May 2016? Have you considered how you’re going to prepare for law school?

CLEO’s Pre-Law Summer Institute could be your answer.  Here are five things you should know about CLEO’s Pre-Law Summer Institute and how it prepares you for law school:

  • Learn
  • Learn how to:  •Read and Brief Court Opinions  •Prepare for Law School Exams, Including the Best Practices for Learning All the Law You Need to Know for Your Exams  •Write exams using the IRAC form  •Conquer your workload, time, and stress in law school
  • Experience
  • Experience the Socratic Method by participating in simulated law school classes taught by law professors
  • Write
  • Write a Contracts Essay Exam and Debrief the Experience
  • Discover
  • Discover the Benefits of Study Groups and How to Make Sure Your Groups are Productive and not Dysfunctional
  • Network
  • Begin to build a Network of other Successful Law Students

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 2015 CLEO Fellows at The University of Mississippi School of Law

When will it start?

The summer institute usually begins in early June.  The dates will be June 5 - July 2, 2016. An online distance learning class, which is a part of the Pre-Law Summer Institute, will be held from May 30 - June 3, 2016.  This distance learning is mandatory.

Where will it be held?

The CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute will be held at Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa. Previous summer institutes have been held at The University of Mississippi School of Law; Georgia State University College of Law; William Mitchell College of Law; and Drake University Law School.

How long will it last?

This year the summer institute will only be four weeks long.  The dates will be June 5 - July 2, 2016.  The distance learning part of the program will begin May 30 - June 3, 2016, and is an important part of the institute.


2014 CLEO Fellows at The University of Mississippi School of Law


Who is eligible to participate?

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

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 many students are selected and how much does it cost?

The law school will host 40 students and the cost is $2,000. This cost includes dorm housing, food, books, and materials for the program. Please note that there are a select few low-income seats at a cost of $700.

The CLEO Pre-Law Institute 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?

Each year, the program receives more than 300 applications. CLEO has a rolling admission policy. The CLEO early decision enables applicants who apply by November 30, 2015, to receive “early admit” status. If selected, you will be notified by January 31, 2016.  The regular applicant pool will be selected before May 2016.

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 you correctly identify the law schools to which you will apply.

When is the deadline for applications?

All applications must be submitted by March 15, 2016

How do I get started?

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

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university earned prior to the start of the CLEO 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 March 15, 2016, for the 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, 2016. Only, if you are accepted into the CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute, will low-income applicants onlybe 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 organization's Director of Prelaw Program Operations or sent by e-mail to

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