Legal Education Opportunity (LEO) Program
Founded in 1977, the LEO program was one of the first of its kind in the nation. It has served scores of disadvantaged students who may not otherwise have been able to attend law school. LEO counts among its vast number of successes a whole host of graduating students who have gone on to become State and Federal judges; Partners and Associates at major law firms; high ranking governmental officials and advisors; and leaders in business and industry.
In addition to a broadened admissions criteria, the LEO program offers an intensive summer preparatory program during which participants attend both classes covering material from regular first-year core courses, and workshops on critical skills development and adjusting to law school. These classes and workshops are taught by Seton Hall Law School faculty, administrators, and other legal professionals. The summer program is designed to give students a running start on developing skills and techniques for approaching the study of law. Upon fulfillment of LEO program requirements, students matriculate into the Law School as full-time students with a reduced load.
Seton Hall is also committed to supporting students after they begin law school. During the first year, LEO students will take a one-credit course, Introduction to Legal Analysis and Methods. Through this course, students learn the fundamentals of legal analysis to better prepare them to understand and apply doctrine and craft legal arguments. The Class will teach students how to synthesize legal principles and discussions and expose them to effective tools and strategies for effective learning and practice as a lawyer. After completing this course, students can continue to take advantage of offerings through the Academic Success program.
There is no fee for the LEO summer program or the Academic Success Program. LEO students with demonstrated financial need are awarded an annually renewable $10,000 grant towards tuition and fees through The LEO Scholarship, Kaplen Foundation Scholarship, LeClairRyan LEO Scholarship, ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund, or The LEO Alumni Scholarship. Students enrolled through LEO are also eligible for additional financial support through various other grants, loans, and scholarships, such as the Clyde Ferguson Minority Law Scholarship, the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grant administered by Professor Saunders, and the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship Program, funded through the Association of the Bar, City of New York.