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SIU Law hosts the Law & Leadership Institute (LLI)


participants in LLI

SIU Law was pleased to host the Law & Leadership Institute (LLI) this summer.  The Institute is a collaborative partnership between Just The Beginning Foundation (JTBF) and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). 

Professor Alice Noble-Allgire was instrumental in the development of this program.  She received the ISBA's Board of Governors Award in 2008 for helping to design a statewide Diversity Pipeline program. The program was launched as the ISBA/JTBF Law and Leadership Institute in 2011, and expanded to include its first residential camp at the SIU School of Law in the summer of 2012.

This statewide initiative is designed to assist students from minority, ethnic, and other groups who are currently underrepresented in the legal professions achieve academic success and aspire to a career in the law. The LLI is open to students entering the 9th or 10th grades.  Thirty-three students participated in the program at SIU the week of June 23 - June 29, and a second group will participate in a similar program at John Marshall Law School in Chicago later this summer.

The interactive activities aim to help participants sharpen their critical reading, writing, oral advocacy, and leadership skills. The academic schedule introduces students to topics ranging from the profession of law, leadership, problem solving, writing, oral advocacy and citizenship.  See photos of some of the activities here.

As the ISBA notes, “Diversity Pipeline programs like LLI provide a truly life-changing experience for students who may not otherwise be exposed to these opportunities. The program helps them envision a rewarding legal career on their horizon and traverse the educational pipeline into that career – or a host of other careers – through which they can enrich their own lives, communities and the lives of others.”

This program would not have been possible without the willingness of the attorneys, judges, faculty and others who volunteered their time, expertise, and facilities.   On behalf of the SIU School of Law, ISBA, and JTBF – thank you to everyone who volunteered.  See list of volunteers here.  

Thanks also to those who provided financial support for the program.  See list of donors here.