Imokhai Okolo, Miami University
Imokhai Okolo is a senior at Miami University, with a major in social justice studies and a minor in business legal studies. He has already taken the LSAT, and this fall will be applying to law schools in Ohio, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
Imokhai has always liked to talk and argue, and he says that LLI helped him realize that he wanted to be a lawyer. He is interested in litigation, and could see himself in a prosecutor’s office. Imokhai’s activities at Miami have positioned him well for such a career: he is on the mock trial team (which is the third best in the country, behind Harvard and Yale); he is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity; and he is involved with Student Court and the National Black Law Students Association. This summer, Imokhai has an internship with the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Veteran’s Court.
Imokhai credits LLI with helping him navigate the college admissions and LSAT processes. He says that the program also gave him exposure to new people -- including students from other schools -- and an opportunity to branch out. Most of all, he values the mentorship, network, and support system that LLI provided, and that he continues to take advantage of. When he goes back to Akron, Imokhai still meets with LLI’s former director and his law student instructors. Imokhai is already a mentor himself. He has gone back to help LLI students with mock trial skills, and works with Miami’s Project Reach, which teaches college prep skills to juniors and seniors in Cincinnati.
Imokhai urges current students to stick with LLI -- everything helps, even if it seems unexciting at the time. He says that LLI is “super beneficial no matter what career you choose” and is truly a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”