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 13, 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. 

To see the 2016 Suit Up informational flyer, please click here.  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.
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. 

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

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.

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).

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