The What We Do
The Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) is a non-profit in Ohio that works with high school students from underserved communities to educate them about and prepare them for careers in the legal profession.
where we began
LLI began in 2008 as a summer initiative of the Supreme Court of Ohio with just 40 students in the cities of Cleveland and Columbus. One year later, the program expanded to include the law schools in the cities of Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo. Today, LLI provides legally-based academic instruction and leadership training to approximately 225 high school students across the state of Ohio due to the support of all nine Ohio law schools, generous grants from the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the Law School Admission Council, as well as continued support from the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio federal courts, the metropolitan bar associations and corporate and individual stewards of the communities who recognize the value of the work LLI performs.
LLI at a glance
The program is free to all participants. Additionally, students are provided bus passes and lunch.
We provide year-round, four-year academic and professional programming to participants.
Participants learn about the law and build their reading, writing, public speaking, critical thinking, networking, professional, and leadership skills.
- LLI programming prepares students to be academically competitive and exposes them to the breadth of careers accessible with a Juris Doctor.
- LLI sessions are held in law schools and most instructors are current law students.
law & leadership students
The Success of LLI
Numbers Don't Lie
LLI contracts with researchers at the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs (a university that does not have an affiliated law school) to conduct a formal evaluation of LLI programming and methods. In 2016, LLI received the results of the first year of a two-year evaluation.
College & Beyond
The colleges LLI graduates attend are similar to what you would see from a typical suburban high school – elite private liberal arts colleges, community colleges, large public universities, and HBCU’s. Our graduates’ reach extends across Ohio and across the country. Some of the schools LLI’s Class of 2017 will be attending include:
- Princeton University
- Skidmore College
- University of Chicago
- University of Dayton
- University of Toledo
- Alabama A&M University
- Columbus State Community College
- Hampton University
Northern Kentucky University
- Ohio Wesleyan University
- Otterbein University
The Future of the Law
Two of the students who started the first year of the statewide LLI program will be starting law school Fall 2017. Alexis Apparicio graduated from the LLI program in Columbus, went on to graduate from Ohio University, and is now attending The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Imokhai Okolo graduated from the LLI program in Akron, went on to graduate from Miami University, and is now attending the University of Akron School of Law. Both students attribute being where they are today because of their experiences with LLI and both Alexis and Imokhai are shining examples of the very reason LLI exists.