State-Wide Program Helps Prepare Future Buckeyes for Law School

The Law and Leadership Institute is a statewide program supported by the legal community and state law schools. LLI enrolls high school-aged students from under-served communities and prepares them for a career in law at schools like the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The program was founded by a former OSU student, Ronald Birchfield.

Students participate in a four-year academic program while they are in high school. The course work focuses on law, leadership, writing, critical thinking and professionalism.

The program tests the students with mock trial experiences; creates opportunities for them to interact with lawyers and judges; and prepares them to take standardized tests. Kathy Northern and Moritz College of Law Dean Alan Michaels currently serve on the board of directors for the institute.