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About CLEO

CLEO is a nonprofit entity of the American Bar Association. Our mission is to diversify the legal profession. Since our inception in 1968, CLEO has been at the forefront of helping minority, low-income and disadvantaged students gain access to law school, successfully matriculate and pass the bar exam.

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The LSAT score is a critical factor in the law school admissions process. CLEO conducts various seminars on preparation strategies and techniques to help students achieve competitive LSAT scores and gain admission into law school.

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CLEO provides a wide range of pre-law programs that are designed to prepare students for the rigor of law school and to increase retention and successful matriculation rates. Each year CLEO conducts the following programs or seminars for students who are entering law school.

Attitude is Essential

6-Week Summer Institute


CLEO awards LSAT preparation course scholarships on a regular basis to college students who meet eligibility requirements and demonstrate an interest in attending law school and joining the legal profession.

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College Students

The goal of our program is to emphasize the skills and preparation that are necessary to become a competitive law school applicant.

College Freshmen can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the CLEO College Scholars Road to Law School seminar.

The Road to Law School seminar is a one-day seminar designed to expose participants to the law school admission process and steps for making them competitive law school applicants. To learn more and register, visit the Road To Law School page.

The CLEO College Scholars program is the preeminent law school preparation program for low-income, minority and otherwise disadvantaged college students and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program. If you have not already received a copy of the winter/spring 2007 CLEO Edge magazine, be sure to click on "Join Now" to be included on our mailing list.

In the meantime, take advantage of our on-line version and be sure to check out the following articles written especially for College Scholars: Is Law School Right For Me? and Make The Grade and Always On Time. If you have further questions about the College Scholars program, you may email CLEO at or call (866) 886-4343. Best of luck in the upcoming academic year!


Be prepared – find out what to do, when

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Check out CLEO's pre-law programs:

College Scholars Pre-Law Seminars
Sophomore Summer Institute
CLEO Junior Ambassadors Program
Achieving Success in the Application Process

Articles Regarding Law School Admissions

Breaking the Minority Attorney Drought





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Before embarking on any career path, it is essential to research vital statistics regarding the profession.  Below are links to resources that will assist you in your career planning. For example, understanding the demographics of the legal profession like the number of minority lawyers in the profession, the average salaries earned by lawyers in a given practice area and the various career opportunities within the profession can make a different in how you approach entering the legal profession and ultimately can impact your job satisfaction. Although some of the data may be somewhat out dated, based on our research the information is the most up to date available most of which is provided by the American Bar Association the nations largest voluntary  bar association for lawyers.  We, however, do not represent that the links and resources are exhausive or represents all data on the relevant subjects.


Law Firm Diversity


Women Lawyers


Legal Career Surveys


Quality of Life

Public Perception of Justice System/Lawyers

Mandatory CLE States


Lawyer Discipline & Legal Malpractice


Law Firms Ranked by size, revenue





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Additional Books & Guides

“Official Guide to ABA-approved Law Schools" 2008 Edition Left Page 1 Data (Excel Spreadsheets) [XLS]
“Official Guide to ABA-approved Law Schools" 2008 Edition Left Page 2 Data (Excel Spreadsheets) [XLS]
“Official Guide to ABA-approved Law Schools" 2008 Edition Right Page Data (Excel Spreadsheets) [XLS]



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Law School Scholarships

Information provided by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association



2009-2011 National Directory of Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students (PDF)



The NAPABA Law Foundation

The NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Scholarships are awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. Since 1995, the first year in which Foundation Scholarships were granted, over 75 students have received scholarship, fellowship and internship monies totalling over $615,000.

NLF welcomes corporate, foundation, community, and individual donations to support its educational and charitable activities. All donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent permitted by law.

NLF Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships listed below, NLF will award $2,000 scholarships with reference to the quality of the applicant pool. In recent years, eight to ten such additional scholarships have been awarded each year.

Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships

 Each year, two Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships of $7,500 are awarded to the law students who demonstrate particularly outstanding leadership potential to serve the Asian Pacific American community, as selected from all of the scholarship applicants by the Foundation in consultation with the President of NAPABA. These scholarships are made possible through the generous support of Anheuser-Busch.


UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships

UPS and NLF are pleased to offer once again the UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarship for law students dedicated to the Asian Pacific American Community who are the first in their family to attend law school.

Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded annually to two law students who meet the following requirements:

  • First in their immediate family to be currently enrolled in, and in good standing, at an American Bar Association (ABA) or Association of American Law Schools (AALS) accredited law school in the United States
  • Submission of a completed NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship Application
  • Demonstrated commitment to pro bono and/or public interest legal work
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Permanent resident or U.S. citizen
  • Commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American Community

Previous winners of the UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships and immediate family members of UPS employees are ineligible for the UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships.

Chris Nakamura Scholarships

In 2003, the Foundation named one of these scholarships in memory of Chris Nakamura, a leader of the Asian Pacific American legal community of Arizona. The Chris Nakamura NAPABA Law Foundation Scholar will be awarded $2,500.

Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship

In 2004, the Foundation established the Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 through the generosity of the law firm of Lim, Ruger & Kim in Los Angeles.

*NEW* Bob Chin Scholarship

The first Bob Chin Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded in December 2010 in the New York tristate area. The scholarship is named in memory of Robert G. Chin, entrepreneur, longtime Prudential Insurance executive, and supporter of Asian American rights. Bob Chin died of cancer in 2001, at the age of 48; for this reason, the scholarship committee encourages applications from college and law students whose lives have been impacted by a diagnosis of cancer within their immediate family.

The scholarship is funded through private donations to “NLF, Bob Chin Scholarship.” The Bob Chin Scholarship will be designated to a student meeting the following criteria:

  • demonstrated financial need, as evidenced by the student’s financial aid application, including attachments and executed forms
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • demonstrated commitment to pro bono service
  • commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community
  • leadership potential
  • student’s commitment to attend a scholarship award ceremony the week of December 18, 2010 in the tristate New York City area
Diane Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Diane Yu is a long-time supporter of NAPABA and the NAPABA Law Foundation and generously funded a program in 2004 to assist recent law graduates who are working in Asian Pacific American legal service organizations to repay a portion of their student loans. The recipient of this award receives $5,000 for each of two years to be appliedto their educational debt.

For a list of past recipients & essay excerpts, check here.


Scholarship Criteria

The Foundation considers all of the materials submitted by the applicant, with particular weight given to the applicant's essay. Letters of recommendation should be furnished by individuals who can provide relevant information and who can be contacted by the Foundation. The applicant must be in good standing at his or her law school. The Foundation considers factors including, but not limited to, the applicant's:

  • demonstrated commitment to and interest in pro bono, public interest and/or public service legal work
  • financial need
  • leadership potential
  • maturity and responsibility
  • commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community



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