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


Chicago SLI

Chicago SLI

What:  2015 Chicago Summer Legal Institute 
Where:  The John Marshall Law School
When:  Monday, July 27 - Saturday, August 8, 2015
CostFREE with travel stipends available to students with need

What: 2015 Advanced Summer Legal Institute
(for scholars who have attended the Summer Legal Institute either in 2014 or in a past year)
Where: The John Marshall Law School
When:  Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14, 2015
CostFREE with travel stipends available to students with need 

CLICK BELOW to access the application for the 2015 Chicago

Summer Legal Institute in Word or PDF  


 At the Summer Legal Institute, Chicago-area high school students students will...

  • Meet with volunteer attorneys and members of the judiciary
  • Visit the courts
  • Participate in a mock trial
  • Learn and apply high level negotiation skills
  • Attend workshops on college readiness and business networking 
  • Present oral arguments for competitions, and
  • HAVE FUN!!! 


Students who have a strong interest in developing leadership skils are encouraged to apply to the Law & Leadership Cohort.  The Cohort will...

  • Focus on interactive games 
  • Engage students in high level group and individual legal projects and activities 
  • Develop leadership skills, qualities, and abilities 

To complete the leadership training, the Cohort may have an extended schedule on some days of the program. Students are required to attend the SLI and Advanced SLI (the full three weeks) as a prerequisite to this program.  To apply, check the appropriate box on the SLI Application above.

Contact Laura Ramsey, JTB-APO Program Director, with questions about any of these programs: 
lramsey@jtb.org, or 312-258-4868.

For photos from past Chicago Summer Legal Institutes, please see our Facebook and Flickr pages!

SLI Program Sponsorship

JTB-APO is able to offer this program free to our students because of the generous contributions of our program sponsors.  To learn more information about how to support the Chicago SLI program, please contact JTB-APO Executive Director, Paula Lucas, at plucas@jtb.org or 312-258-5930.  Thank you for supporting this program and JTB-APO's mission to diversify the legal profession!

The 2015 Chicago Summer Legal Institute is made possible through the generous support of:

    The Spencer Williams Foundation for Judicial Independence      

The Circuit Court of Cook County, Dominican University, Hoogendoorn and Talbot LLP, Laner Muchin, and the Office of the City Clerk for the City of Chicago