IU McKinney to host free Summer Law and Leadership Academy for current undergraduate students

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law 2015 Summer Law and Leadership Academy participants.

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law 2015 Summer Law and Leadership Academy participants.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will host its Summer Law and Leadership Academy June 13 to 18 at Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., on the Indiana University-Purdue University campus. The academy is designed to introduce undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to law school and the career opportunities available with a law degree.

Students who attend will be introduced to courses they will take in law school, meet attorneys working in various positions in the legal and business communities, take law-related field trips, and participate in a mock trial.

"Overall, this program is a wonderful opportunity to help students better understand the process of learning to 'think like a lawyer' and gain more knowledge about life in law school and beyond," said Assistant Dean Chasity Thompson, of the law school's Office of Professional Development. Thompson and McKinney professor Shawn Boyne are the program organizers.

The academy is open to current undergraduate students who have completed at least 50 credit hours and have a GPA of at least 2.7. Students chosen for the program must be able to attend all sessions. There is no charge for attending the program, and lunch is provided each day.

Applications are due by April 25 and must include a letter of recommendation from a college professor or advisor.

An online application and additional information are available on the IU McKinney website.

This is the second year for the program. Twenty students took part in the inaugural class in summer 2015.