This summer, the NYU School of Law is continuing its partnerships with two organizations to give a boost to students of modest means who are interested in the legal field.

For the second year in a row, the Law School is home to Legal Outreach’s Summer Law Institute (SLI), an intensive five-week program that introduces rising New York City ninth-graders to law practice. While Legal Outreach holds SLI programs at other law schools, NYU’s is unique in that it focuses on educating and mentoring young men of color.

NYU Law is also hosting the Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools (TRIALS), a collaboration of NYU Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. TRIALS offers a fully subsidized summer residential program to 20 less-advantaged students to prepare them for law school. In a rigorous five-week session, participants take LSAT courses taught by Advantage Testing Foundation senior instructors, and attend a variety of lectures by lawyers, public figures, and legal scholars, including Dean Richard Revesz and Professor Troy McKenzie ’00.

The SLI features a comprehensive class on criminal justice; daily guest speakers from the legal profession; field trips to law firms and courthouses; and, at the program’s conclusion, a mock trial competition. Guest speakers this year include Brandon Buskey ’06, Elliott Dawes ’92, Rom Johnson ’04, Raymond Lohier ’91, McKenzie, Leonard Noisette ’84, and Jason Washington ’07.

Posted on August 3, 2010