While the number of lawyers in America continues to grow,the share of African-American lawyers hasn’t changed in more than six years according to the American Bar Association.
Now, Grambling State University is partnering with the University of Iowa College of Law to prepare and grow the next generation of black lawyers.
“From Thurgood Marshall to Barak Obama, African-American lawyers have made some of the greatest contributions to American policy and progress,” said President Rick Gallot of Grambling State University.
“Whether through corporate practice or public service, our students have the power to change the world with the right support. We are excited to partner and expose students to how they can make a difference.”
A Jumpstart for Black Lawyers: Is Law School for Me?
This March, up to 25 Grambling State University students will have the opportunity to answer their questions about law school through a “law school boot-camp” better known as the University of Iowa College of Law Bridge Program (ILBP).
Accepted students will benefit from:
- Weekend-long training and networking practicing attorneys and professors,
- Application assistance for America’s top law school,
- An all expense paid trip to attend class at the University of Iowa College of Law (includes travel, lodging, meals, and course materials)
“Both Grambling State and the University of Iowa have a long legacy of producing high-achieving legal and criminal justice practitioners,” said Dr. Karletta White who spearheads GSU on- campus IBLP recruitment.
“This year our students will get to not only experience the Law Bridge Program, but also hear from one of Grambling’s own who has walked the path to become a top-ranked professional.”
Dr. Alexander Lodge, a 2006 alumnus of Grambling State University, will address the 2019 IBLP participants and share his experience as an associate with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice.
Qualified students must have:
- 2.5 GPA (any major)
- All majors accepted
- No judicial record
- Interest in attending law school
- Availability to travel March 29-30, 2019
For the third year, the Iowa Law Bridge Program is supporting diversity in legal education and the legal profession in partnership with Grambling State University. The program provides prospective students from underrepresented communities with experiences to help them learn,
1. what lawyers do;
2. the skills lawyers use;
3. what law school is like;
and ultimately, it offers students the tools to answer the question: “Is law the choice for me?”