A Diverse Community

The Diversity Pipeline

The Diversity Pipeline  

Seton Hall Law School is committed to a sustained, interconnected, and ever-growing effort to reach out, recruit, and support students with socio-economic and educational disadvantages. We have spent the last 30 plus years building bridges through our programs into the community, and establishing a pipeline from that community into the legal profession.

We count among our programs’ vast number of successes a whole host of graduating students who might not otherwise have ever had the opportunity to attend Law School. These students have gone on to become State and Federal judges; Partners and Associates at major law firms; high ranking governmental officials and advisors; and major forces within business and industry.

Seton Hall Law recognizes that the traditional criteria for admission to law school such as LSAT scores and undergraduate grade point average might not accurately measure the potential of students whose early education may have been compromised in some respect. As such, we have reached out to those students through active recruitment for our various programs and initiatives.

Through our outreach initiatives we work to identify, recruit, and to afford opportunities and academic and financial assistance to students of promise and personal commitment throughout the community. As we attempt to address those socio-economic and educational opportunity disparity issues earlier, we have implemented or partnered with programs for disadvantaged students that start as early as 8th grade. We then continue with these programs— and others which are buttressed by decades of success— well into High School, and then College, and right into Law School.

We have built an unparalleled continuum of support and offer a full spectrum of academic and financial assistance through programs such as:

  1. The New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Program (“NJ LEEP”) — an intensive after school college preparatory program with a law-based curriculum for junior high and high school students. In addition, the program includes legal education community outreach, mock trial competitions, paid summer internships, SAT prep, and College Skills and College Application Process courses.
  2. The Summer Institute of Pre-Legal Studies (“Pre-Legal”) — an intensive simulation of first year law school for college students who think they may wish to pursue a career in law coupled with an LSAT prep course.
  3. The Legal Education Opportunity program (“LEO”) — an alternative admissions program for those who do not meet traditional law school requirements but who nonetheless, possess the motivation and the intellectual acumen to succeed in law school. Combines broader admissions criteria with academic and financial support for students with socio-economic disadvantages.