The Legal Education Access Program
The Legal Education Access Program (LEAP) was established in 1990 to promote diversity, create a positive, welcoming environment for minority students, and ensure that students from minority racial and ethnic backgrounds have a fair and equal opportunity to achieve a high level of success in law school.
LEAP offsets the overt and subtle barriers to success often encountered at predominantly white law schools by fully qualified minority students. The most significant of these barriers is the difficulty a minority student often encounters obtaining necessary information from other students about the academic demands of law school and methods for achieving success in law school.
LEAP at Touro Law Center comprises:
- A four-week summer program. Open to all entering minority students to help them develop the crucial study and exam skills required for success in law school, this voluntary program is conducted in the evening and is offered free-of-charge to participants.
- Academic year teaching assistant sessions. Conducted by highly successful upper-division minority students, the TAs serve as mentors to first year students and help them develop their study methods and test-taking ability.
Partly because of the positive and supportive atmosphere for success created by LEAP, minority students at the Law Center achieve impressive academic success and excel in leadership roles at the Law Center. For example, minority students:
- Represent approximately 38% of the student body.
- Have served as Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the Touro Law Review, International Law Review, and the Journal of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, and have won the Law Center’s prestigious Bainbridge Moot Court Competition.
- Play leadership roles in various student organizations and have served as president of the Student Bar Association (effectively, the student body president).
In addition, the LEAP Alumni Association now has more than 1,000 members, each of whom is a minority lawyer who entered the Law Center after LEAP began in 1990.
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Touro Law Center Campus
225 Eastview Drive/Room 316
Central Islip, NY 11722
Professor Doug Scherer, LEAP Program Director