Diversity Outreach to Students

Diversity Outreach to Students

The LSBA offers outreach programs to high school and college students in order to expose them to positive attorney role models and make them aware of the advantages of a law degree.

Additionally, the LSBA offers unique opportunities for diverse law students of all levels to gain knowledge about the professional and employment side of the noble practice of law. As such, the LSBA hosts a variety of professional development programs for law students.

If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring programs such as these, please contact the Member Outreach and Diversity team at diversity@lsba.org.

For High School Students

"Suit Up for the Future" Summer Internship Program

Students should have an interest in pursuing a legal career and should be entering the 11th or 12th Grade in the Fall of 2015 or entering their first year of college in the Fall of 2015.

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 and is scheduled on June 15-26 and July 6-10, 2015. Students who complete the program will be eligible for a stipend of up to $250.00! Housing and transportation are not provided.

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?”

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.

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. If you have additional questions regarding the program, please send an email to diversity@lsba.org.

The application deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting online applications for the 2015 program. Students who applied have been notified of their acceptance.

If you are an attorney who is interested in volunteering some time to talk to this year's Suit Up students - or you and/or your firm are willing to provide a shadowing opportunity for a student, please click here. You can also contact us via email at diversity@lsba.org.

2014 "Suit Up for the Future" Program

Program: To see last year's 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

Coming Soon.... 

For Law Students
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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