Diversity Outreach to Students

Diversity Outreach to Students

Being a lawyer can be one of the most rewarding professions. Lawyers are an important part of history and every community. Lawyers were instrumental in the founding of our nation and played a major role in drafting the governing documents that still shape our government, our laws, and our way of life. Lawyers have played major roles within every civil movement that has occurred within our country, such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Movements. Lawyers often make the best problem solvers and the best leaders because of the critical thinking and analytical skills honed and polished in law school and within practice.

But what does it take to be a lawyer? Becoming a lawyer takes time, determination, and resources. Find out whether being a lawyer is the right path for you by hearing from lawyers who are thriving within the profession  and enjoying it and by reading about prominent lawyers and the profession.

To see information about the Suit Up for the Future program, please click on the "For High School Students" link below.

For High School Students

"Suit Up for the Future" Summer Internship Program

The three week program is scheduled for June 13 - July 1, 2016.

Application and Deadline: 
To apply for the 2016 Suit Up for the Future program, please click here.  Deadline for the online application is May 6, 2016.


Students should have an interest in pursuing a legal career and should be entering the 11th or 12th Grade in the Fall of 2016 or entering their first year of college in the Fall of 2016.

Facebook Page:
The "Suit Up for the Future" Facebook page can be accessed here.

Program Details:
To see the Program Agenda for 2015, please click here.  It outlines the entire schedule of field trips, visiting professors and luncheon speakers. 

The three week program will be held at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, and is scheduled on June 13 - July 1, 2016. Students who complete the program will be eligible for a stipend of up to $250.00. Housing and transportation are not provided.

The Louisiana State Bar Association in partnership with the Just the Beginning Foundation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation hosts an annual internship program. This program is available to incoming high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who are interested in the legal profession. Students participate in a three-week legal institute, during which they attend an abridged law school session, field trips to law schools and courts, and an internship consisting of shadowing at area law offices and courts. Students provide their own transportation and housing. Over the course of the three-week program, students will be introduced to lawyers, legal documents, and the legal system all designed to assist them in pondering one important question, “Do I really want to be a lawyer?”

For additional questions, please contact us at diversity@lsba.org

Classroom Activities:
Inside the “Suit Up classroom,” students will experience the Socratic teaching method and gain exposure to specified law school courses, including, criminal law, and legal research and writing. Students will also receive a mock trial problem, which will serve as the basis for the legal writing assignment and oral argument that the students will present to a panel of judges at the end of the program.

In a second component of the “Suit Up classroom,” students will be provided with advice and substantive information from guest speakers, and receive instruction in creating competitive resumes, preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), professionalism, ethics, and workplace etiquette and attire. The time inside the classroom will provide students with ample time to work as a group on assignments and seek feedback from various legal mentors throughout the course.

Attorney Shadowing:
A second facet of the course will allow Suit Up participants to step outside the classroom and see first-hand what it means to be a “lawyer.” The attorney shadowing is designed to provide students with the following experiences:
  • a tour of the law firm/agency, ina tour of the law firm/agency, including all departments, so that students gain an understanding of all of the support staff that comprise a law firm/agency;
  • the opportunity to join the attorney on outings (such as depositions, hearings, and trials);
  • lunch with the attorney; and
  • mentoring and support on the oral argument and supporting legal memorandum being developed by the student.

Students will also prepare a list of questions to ask attorneys whom they shadow so that the student gains an appreciation of the day-to-day schedule of an attorney, as well as the role that lawyers play in society and in the administration of justice. *Students must have transportation to and from the shadowing assignment.

Field Trips:
Finally, the Suit Up students will attend several field trips. The students will tour two area law schools, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Court museum, and federal court buildings. During the tours, students will hear from several guest speakers and may have the opportunity to view proceedings at several state and federal courts.

2015 "Suit Up for the Future" Program
June 15-26 and July 6-10, 2015 

Program:  To see the 2015 printed program, please click here.  This will give you a detailed look at what the Suit Up for the Future program looks like. 

Facebook:  To see photos and information about the 2015 Suit Up for the Future program, please click here. 

2014 "Suit Up for the Future" Program
June 9 - 27, 2014

Program: To see the 2014 printed program, please click here. This will give you a detailed look at what the Suit Up for the Future program looks like.

Photos: Please click here to see the photos from the three week 2014 Suit Up for the Future Legal Institute. Photos include trips to courthouses, various classroom activities and presenters, and the students' final oral presentations to the judges' panel.

Videos: The Suit Up for the Future Class of 2014 made oral and memorandum presentations on the last two days of their session. Students were divided into two teams: FOR and AGAINST on an issue, but individually presented a memorandum and an oral argument to a panel of judges. The esteemed panel included:

  • Judge Karen Wells Roby, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr., U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District.
  • Judge Susie Morgan, U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District.
  • Judge Jane Margaret Triche-Milazzo , U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District.
  • Judge Roland L. Belsome, Jr., Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Civil Judge Tiffany Gautier Chase, judge for the Orleans Parish Civil District Court (Division A).

Please click here to see oral arguments made by Bria I. Hays and Saul Garcia Amezuca.

Please click here to see oral arguments made by Miles Edwin Ballard and Morgan-Me'Lyn Grant.

Please click here to see the oral arguments presented by David Louis Lawson, Jr. and Sara Chiasson.

Please click here to view the oral arguments presented by Sara DeRouen and Carine Mary Lama. 

Please click here to review the oral arguments made by Skyler Katie Ockman and Cassidy Marie Wells.

Please click here to see the presentations made by Hannah Marie Lampo and John Patrick Larson.

Please click here to review the oral presentations made by Alexis Nicole Calderon and Synise Pierre.

Please click here to see the oral presentations made by Evan Vedros and Amanda Angele' Addison.

For College Students

For Law Students

Upcoming Workshops and Opportunities

FREE Resume Workshop - February 25, 2016

Local law students are invited to attend a FREE resume workshop hosted by the LSBA's Young Lawyers Division Diversity Minority Involvement Committee, Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession (Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee), Minority Involvement Section, Southern University Law Center, and LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

This free one-hour workshop will be held on February 25, 2016 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The experienced and well-respected panel will present tips on how to compile a successful law resume. Speakers include:

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.- Resume Writing Tips from the Career Services Professionals
Erin Phifer, Director of LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Career Services
Tavares A. Walker, Interim Director of Southern University Law Center Career Services

2:15 P.m. - 3:00 p.m.- Utilizing the Resume in the interviewing process
Demarcus J. Gordon, partner, Kelly Hart & Pitre
Honorable J. Walter Green, United States Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana
Honorable Donald Johnson, Chief Judge, 19th Judicial District Court
Luis A. Leitzelar, partner, Jones Walker LLP
Kellen J. Mathews, Adams and Reese, LLP
Hillar C. Moore, III- District Attorney, 19th Judicial District East Baton Rouge
Sharonda Williams, Special Counsel, Fishman Haygood LLP

To register for this workshop, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact the LSBA Member Outreach and Diversity team at diversity@lsba.org.

FREE Admission to the 2016 Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession - March 4, 2016

Law Student Volunteers Attend for FREE!
***First 15 students to register may attend for FREE***

Friday, March 4, 2016
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
201 Lafayette Street • Baton Rouge, Louisiana

To register, please click here.

For more event information, please click here to go to the Louisiana State Bar Association Conclave Information page.

Excellence in Diversity reception honoring Signatories of the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Speakers, sponsors, and Conclave registrants are encouraged to attend. Entertainment will be provided by August Heat Band. Conclave student registrants are invited to attend the reception.

Online Resources

Click here for miscellaneous online resources for law students.

Diverse Law Student Organizations

LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Southern University Law Center

Tulane University Law School

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