Legal Outreach motivates and prepares urban youth to compete at high academic levels by implementing legal educational programs that foster vision, enhance academic skills, and build self-confidence. Held at Columbia Law School, this five week summer program teaches participants about the criminal justice process, connects them to attorneys representing various career paths, organize field trips to various legal institutions, as well as learn trial practice skills in preparation for a mock-trial competition. This kind of exposure allows students to envision themselves in professional law careers.
The grant from CCS supports the instruction provided by the law students and covers the cost of student stipends, awards, and travel during the summer. CCS continues to play a critical role in the implementation of a law-based program that motivates and inspires urban youth to take full advantage of the educational opportunities provided.