Legal Education Opportunity
About the Legal Education Opportunity Program
Since 1977, the Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) program at Seton Hall Law has provided a pathway to law school for students who have overcome significant personal and educational challenges prior to their law school career.
LEO alumni have pursued successful careers throughout the legal profession, making their mark as state and federal judges, partners and associates at major law firms, high ranking governmental officials and advisors, leaders in business and industry and advocates in the non-profit and public interest sectors. Faculty and administration at Seton Hall Law recognize that traditional admissions criteria (such as LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA) may not adequately capture a students’ potential for success in law school and beyond.
The LEO Fellow Experience
Preparing for Law School
The Legal Education Opportunity Program consists of a full-time, two-week summer institute during which LEO Fellows attend classes covering material from first-year core courses and workshops on critical skill development and adjusting to law school. These classes and workshops are taught by Law School faculty, administrators and other professionals. The Institute is designed to provide a running start on developing skills and techniques for approaching the study of law. The Institute typically runs from August 1 through August 15, before classes begin, and will require a full-time commitment. LEO Fellows who will be relocating to the New York – New Jersey area for attendance in the Institute are encouraged to contact our Student Services Department for assistance with your housing search.
Your First Year
During the first year, Legal Education Opportunity Fellows take a one-credit course, Introduction to Legal Analysis and Methods. Through this course, Fellows learn the fundamentals of legal analysis to better prepare them to understand and apply doctrine and craft legal arguments. Fellows will learn how to synthesize legal principles and discussions and be exposed to tools and strategies for effective learning and practice as a lawyer. After completing this course, Fellows can continue to take advantage of offerings through the Academic Success Program. Additionally, the LEO Director provides informal mentorship and support.
2L Year through the Bar Exam
LEO Fellows are offered ongoing support through Seton Hall Law’s Academic Success Program. This non-credit program helps Fellows continue to hone skills development through a series of workshops. Instructors provide guidance on preparing effective outlines and the best approaches to exam preparation. This enrollment, in conjunction with mandatory participation in Skills & Methods I and II during the fall and spring semesters of a Fellow's 2L year, will enhance your educational experience and prospects for success.
Meeting Your Financial Needs
Seton Hall Law offers the Legal Education Opportunity Summer Institute and the Academic Success Program at no cost. Fellows with demonstrated financial need are awarded an annually-renewable grant towards tuition and fees through The Legal Education Opportunity Scholarship or The Legal Education Opportunity Alumni Scholarship. Starting with the incoming class of 2019, the grant will be $15,000 for full-time students and $11,000 for weekend students. This is a renewable scholarship based on the achievement of satisfactory academic progress and continued financial need.