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This program is supported by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust.



We have served the community for over twenty years through sustainable education programs that provide skills based learning for youth. JTB offers educational and inspirational programming and follow up to under-served youth from disadvantaged economic backgrounds at no cost to participants as we lay the foundation for their educational and professional excellence. JTB provides a pathway to success for young adults through a learning and mentoring experience, which enables and encourages participants to explore the possibility, through academic achievement, of entering the law as their chosen career. 

JTB offers year-round programs that not only support and encourage general academic success but we work specifically to nurture an interest in the law for diverse and other under-exposed students starting at the middle-school level, intensive summer workshops for high schoolers, externship opportunities with federal judges including intensive pre-placement training, and post graduation clerkships. 
Through education, mentorship and outreach, JTB supports and encourages the highest levels of educational achievement of our students. As JTB scholars continue their education, we also provide them with resources to succeed to and through law school and beyond, including preparatory materials for the LSAT and law school admissions, advanced critical thinking exercises, and assistance in obtaining judicial externships and/or clerkship experience.

Just The Beginning is pleased to invite all qualified law students to apply for the JRC-JTB Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project.  The JRC-JTB Project encourages highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students to apply for federal judicial internships and eventually judicial clerkships.  This program provides high quality interactive webinar trainings featuring sitting federal judges prior to the start of your internship.  The JRC-JTB Project has operated nationally since 2011.  Apply today for your chance to participate in a top quality judicial internship with a judge committed to fostering your sucess.  2015 JRC-JTB interns join a network of nearly 300 accomplished law students and young attorneys as well as 15 JRC-JTB intern alumni who went on to post-graduate clerkships!

Please click here to be directed to the application page.  Apply today!

The JRC-JTB Judicial Internship Project will be entering its fifth year this fall and has been a highly successful diversity pipeline program.  Stay tuned for more information coming in September!

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 Thank you for your support of Just The Beginning  - A Pipeline Organization, our mission, and our programs! 

Ron Safer, Managing Partner at Schiff Hardin, discusses why diversity and supporting JTB is important to the firm:



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