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L.E.A.P.TOUROLAWTouroCollegeJacobD.FuchsbergLawCenterLegalEducationAccessProgram DearStudentsWeinviteallenteringminoritystudentstoparticipateinL.E.A.P.awonderfulprogramthatleadstoahighlevelofsuccesseachyearbyminoritystudentsatTouroLawCenter.L.E.A.P.isrunbyhighlysuccessfulupper-divisionminoritystudentswhoaredeeplycommittedtoprovidingyouwiththesameopportunityforsuccessthattheyreceivedintheirfirstyearoflawschool.ThecrucialstartistheL.E.A.P.SummerProgramwhichisheldintheeveningforfourweekspriortothebeginningoftheschoolyear.Duringthesummerprogramyouwilllearnexactlywhatyoushoulddotoprepareforclassprepareforlawschoolexamsandexcelintakinglawschoolexams.Successinlawschoolrequiresadifferenttypeofclasspreparationexampreparationandexamwritingthanundergraduateorgraduateschoolandyouneedtolearnhowtoexcelinlawschoolfromupper-divisionstudentswhohaveexcelledinlawschool.L.E.A.P.givesyouthisopportunity.L.E.A.P.isofferedfreeofchargeandparticipationisentirelyvoluntary.L.E.A.P.willleadyoutosuccessinlawschool.CordiallyDouglasD.SchererProfessorofLawDirectorL.E.A.P.ProgramL.E.A.Pwillleadyoutosuccessinlawschool.MessagefromtheDirectorL.E.A.P.ProgramDirectorProfessorDougScherer631761-7140ordscherertourolaw.eduCONTACTINFORMATION ThefourweekL.E.A.P.SummerProgramprovidesparticipantswiththebasicknowledgeandskillstheyneedtoexcelinlawschool.Theprogramrunsintheeveningforfourweekswithadifferentfirstyearareaoflawcoveredeachweek.Studentslearnhowtoprepareforclassbybriefingcaseslearnhowtoprepareoutlinesforeachsubjectandlearnhowtoexcelinlawschoolexamtaking.OnMondaythroughWednesdayofeachweekthereisaclasstaughtlikeatypicallawschoolclassbyamemberofthesummerprogramfaculty.Aftereachlectureparticipantsbreakintosmallergroupsanddiscusstheclassmaterialswithupper-divisionL.E.A.P.TeachingAssistants.TheTeachingAssistantsshowparticipantshowtodeterminewhichaspectsofthelectureandclassdiscussionareimportantfortheexamandshowthemhowtoincludeintheiroutlinestheprinciplesoflawtheymustknowfortheexam.Duringthefirstweektherearelecturesonexamwriting.OnThursdayofeachweekparticipantstakeasimulatedlawschoolexaminthesubjectareaforthatweek.OnthefollowingMondaytheyaregiventheexamanswerstheywrotealongwithcommentsontheirexamanswersandcopiesofthebestanswerswrittenbymembersofthegroup.Bytheendofthefourweekstheparticipantswillhavereceivedanintroductiontothelawcoveredintheirfirstyearcoursesandwillhavedevelopedtheclasspreparationoutlinepreparationandexamtakingskillstheyneedtoexcelinlawschool.L.E.A.P.SUMMERPROGRAMTheL.E.A.P.programwasanessentialpartofmyfirstyeartransitionintolawschool.Itgavemeanearlyappreciationofthedisciplineandworkethicittakestoexcelinthefirstyear.L.E.A.P.allowedmetoforgeearlyfriendshipswithupperlevelstudentsandshowedmewhattoexpectduringmyfirstyear.-EdsonA.ColeyClassof2012L.E.A.P.isanamazingprogram.Itisaveryuniquesupportsystemandprovidesminoritystudentswithresourcesandtoolsthatotherwisemightnothavebeenavailabletothem.ThepassionandzealofProfessorSchererDirectoroftheL.E.A.P.programandnumerousvoluntaryTAsarebeyondbelief.Itistrulyagreatexperiencetoworkwithpeoplewhosemaingoalisforyoutobesuccessful.Youwillalsomeetfriendswhowillbeyourgreatestsupportthroughoutlawschoolandafter.-AliceJakyungChoiClassof2009 DuringthefallandspringsemestersL.E.A.P.participantsineachsectionwillhaveaL.E.A.P.TeachingAssistantforeachoftheirsubstantivecourses.TheywillmeetwiththeirTeachingAssistantsregularlyinTeachingAssistantSessionsandwillfocusondifficultareasofsubstantivelawandonpreparationformid-termexamsandtheexamsthataregivenattheendofeachsemester.TheTeachingAssistantsserveasteachersmentorsandfriends.Theyarehighlysuccessfulupper-divisionstudentswhoparticipatedintheL.E.A.P.ProgramduringtheirfirstyearoflawschoolandaregivingbacktonewfirstyearstudentswhattheyreceivedfromtheirL.E.A.P.TeachingAssistants.DuringtheacademicyeartheL.E.A.P.ProgramDirectorandStudentCo-DirectorsareavailabletoL.E.A.P.participantsforone-on-onecounselingandacademicguidance.WonderfulassistancealsoisavailablefromfiveminoritystudentorganizationstheAsianPacificAmericanLawStudentsAssociationAPALSAtheBlackLawStudentsAssociationBLSAtheLatinoaAmericanLawStudentAssociationLALSAtheMuslimLawStudentsAssociationMLSAandtheSouthAsianLawStudentsAssociationSALSA.Theseorganizationsbringinterestingandinformativespeakerstothecampushavementoringprogramsforfirstyearstudentsandprovideexcellentnetworkingopportunitiesthroughaffiliationwithregionalandnationalorganizations.L.E.A.P.ACADEMICYEARPROGRAML.E.A.P.standsforLegalEducationAccessProgrambutwhenyouparticipateintheprogramyouwilllearnthatithasadeepermeaning.L.E.A.P.wasinstrumentalinhelpingmetransitionasafirstyearlawstudent.IwasinspiredbymyL.E.A.P.teachingassistantswhohadbeensuccessfulintheirfirstyearanditgavemetheconfidencethatIwouldalsobeabletoachievethissamegoal.ParticipatinginL.E.A.P.notonlyallowsyoutoexcelacademicallybutalsoprovidesasupportsystemsomethingweallneedaslawstudents.-WinsomeTaikClassof2010LEAPistheSINGLEmosthelpfulprogramtoassistincomingminoritylawstudents.LEAPprovidesstudentswithabasiclayoutoflawschoolwithactualtrainingtosucceedin1styearlawclasses.Italsolinksindividualsintoasocialnetworkforstudygroupsdiscussionsandvariousotherbenefits.IattributeasignificantportionofmysuccessinlawschooltoLEAP.ItwouldhavebeenagravemistaketomissoutontheLEAPprogramifonehastheopportunitytoattenditssessions.-HanShengBehClassof2009 L.E.A.P.PROGRAMRESULTSExcellentacademicperformancebyminoritystudentsattheLawCentersincethefoundingoftheL.E.A.P.programSelectionofminoritystudentstoserveasEditors-in-ChiefandManagingEditorsoftheTouroLawReviewTouroInternationalLawReviewandTouroJournalofRaceGenderandEthnicityWinnersoftheprestigiousBainbridgeMootCourtCompetitionandserviceasEditorsontheMootCourtBoardPresidentsandotherofficersofLawCenterorganizationsincludingPresidentsoftheStudentBarAssociationthestudentbodypresidentExcellentlawcareeropportunitiesmadeavailablebyexcellentacademicperformanceMorethan900minoritylawyerswhohavegraduatedfromtheLawCentersincetheL.E.A.P.Programwasfoundedin1990andwhoaremembersoftheL.E.A.P.AlumniAssociationL.E.A.P.isagreatprogramthathelpedmeunderstandanddevelopthemindsetandthereadingandwritingskillsthatIneededtosucceedinlawschool.ThesummerprogramwasinstrumentalinmysuccessatlawschoolandhadInotattendedthatprogramIwouldnothaveknownhowtobriefacaseorwritealawschoolexam.MoreoverthefriendsthatImadeduringL.E.A.P.arefriendsIstillspendtimewith.-WendyJean-BartClassof2009L.E.A.P.helpedmeagreatdealgoingintomyfirstsemesteroflawschool.IlearnedinL.E.A.P.thatthetricktobeingsuccessfulinlawschoolisdoingthework.Therearentanyshortcuts.OurTAsgaveusgreatstudytechniques.Ilearnedthedisciplineandsacrificethatsrequired.ThiswasvitalbecauseIwasabletostartthesemesteroffontherightfoot.-MichaelRiversClassof2012 TheLEAPProgramwasamotivatingfactorinmydecisiontocometoTouro.WhileparticipatingintheLEAPprogramIlearnedthenecessarytoolsforsuccessinlawschoolwhilesurroundedbypeoplethatbelievedinmysuccess.TheLEAPprogramgavemeasupportteamarelationshipwithpeer-mentorsandafamilyawayfromhome.TheLEAPprogramhasmadeatremendousimpactonmylawschoolcareer.BecauseIknowhowmuchofadifferenceitmadeinmylifeImakesuretogivebacktotheupcomingclassesbyservingastheirLEAPTAormentor.TheLEAPprogramembodiesthesameidealsthatIwastaughtwhilegrowingupwhichiswithhardworkIcanachieveanything.MyparticipationinLEAPhardworkanddedicationhasmadeitpossibleformetofulfillmydreams.AftergraduationmydreamswilltransformintorealitywhenIhavethehonoroftakingonmyfirstcaseasacriminaldefenseattorneyinNewYorkCity.-RebeccaGregoryClassof2012TheL.E.A.P.programwastrulyinstrumentallyinthesuccessIexperiencedinthefirstsemesteroflawschool.IemployedthestrategiestaughtbyProfessorSchererandthemanyL.E.A.P.volunteerswhodedicatedtheirtimeandefforttohelpussucceedallthewayfrombriefingthecasesfororientationtostudyingforfinals.Theprogramalsoprovidedaninvaluablesupportsystemofupperclassmenandotherfirstyearstudentswhohelpedtomakethefirstdayofclassfeellikeafamiliarjourneyinsteadofadauntingnewbeginning.-LuzanMooreClassof2014L.E.A.P.isthelawschoolequivalentofafamily.ThelevelofcaringandrespectthatyoureceivefromyourfellowL.E.A.P.studentsisinvaluable.NomatterhowstressfullawschoolbecomesL.E.A.P.providesthetoolsandskillsnecessarytoovercometheinevitableobstacles.-GregoryColemanJr.LEAPProgramStudentCo-Director2008-2009Classof2009 LEAPwasthesinglemostinfluentialprogramthatservedasmystepping-stonesintolawschool.WhenIparticipatedinLEAPduringthesummerbeforemyfirstyearIwasinspiredbythesuccessoftheupper-levelstudents.TheLEAPteachingassistantsnotonlyprovidedmewiththeacademicguidanceIneededwhenenteringlawschoolbutwithemotionalandmentalsupportaswell.L.E.A.P.hasprovidedmewithanirreplaceableexperienceinlawschoolthusfarandIattributeasignificantportionofmysuccessinlawschooltoLEAP-JenniferNgClassof2013IdidntleapIsoaredintomyfirstsemesteratTouroLawbecauseofLEAP.TheLEAPprogramwasthefoundationformysuccess.ThecaringLEAPstudentsandfacultyusheredmeintothedauntinglawschoolprocess.IwastaughtthefundamentalsofbeingalawstudentbylearninghowtoprepareforclasstimemanagebriefcourtcasesIRACstudyeffectivelyandtakelawschoolexams.LEAPalsointroducedmetoanexceptionalgroupofstudentsandfacultywhonowaregreatfriendsmentorsandattimesevenlifesavers.LEAPisauniqueprogramwithirreplaceablebenefits.IcouldnotimaginemylifeatTourowithoutit.-KristenBerriosClassof2014WhenIfirstreceivedmyacceptancetoattendTouroLawCenterIwasfilledwithaworldofemotionsrangingfromelationtoanxiety.ShortlyafterreceivingmyacceptanceletterIreceivedaletterinformingmeabouttheLEAPprogramwhichgivesminoritystudentsexposuretothefirstyearcoursespriortothestartofschool.IreluctantlydecidedtoattendtheprogramandlaterrealizedthatthiswasthebestdecisionIhaveeverymade.BeingaparticipantinTourosLEAPProgramallowedmetonotonlymeetnewpeoplepriortothestartoflawschoolbutalsotoobtainafoundationforsuccessinlawschool.ByfacilitatingmyacculturationintolawschooltheLEAPprogramgavemeamuchbetterchanceforsuccessasalawstudent.Mydecisiontoparticipatepavedthewayforasmoothandsuccessfultransitiontolawschool.-JessekaGreenClassof2012 OnmyfirstvisittoTouropriortobeingacceptedayounggentlemanstoppedtotalkwithmeandtoldmeaboutasummerprogramcalledL.E.A.P.andhowinstrumentalitwastohissuccessinlawschool.IexpressedtohimhowgratefulIwasthathespentthetimetospeakwithmeandherespondedJustmakesurewhileyouareherethatyoupassthismessagealongtoanotherincomingminoritylawstudent.IwasoverwhelmedwiththesenseofcommunityandsupportIreceivedfrommyfirstshortvisittoTouro.SincethenL.E.A.P.hasprovidedmewithexceptionaltoolsandresourcestomanagethechallengingworkloadoflawschool.MysuccessistrulybasedonmywillingnesstofullyparticipateandtakeadvantageofallofthewonderfulopportunitiesTourosL.E.A.P.programhastooffer.-MalaikaMakembeLEAPProgramStudentDirector2009-2010Classof2010LEAPprovidesminoritylawschoolstudentswiththetoolsandresourcesnecessarytosucceedinlawschoolwhichotherwisewouldnothavebeenavailabletothem.AsaLEAPparticipantIhadaccesstoasupportgroupofsuccessfulupper-divisionminoritystudents.L.E.A.P.wasinstrumentalinmysuccessinlawschool.AsaLEAPTAIenjoyedassistingminoritystudentssucceedinlawschool.ItwouldbeamistakeforaminoritystudenttomissoutontheL.E.A.P.program.-RafaelEspinozaClassof2012IcannotstressenoughhowvaluableLEAPwastomyfirstsemesteroflawschool.LawschoolisabigtransitionandLEAPeasesyouintoit.Itenhancedmystudytechniquesandtestskillsthatother1Lsstruggletofindtheirfirstsemester.ItsagreatintroductiontothestructureofalawschoolclassroomanddefinitelyaprogramIdsuggesttoattend.Notonlydoesitprepareyoufortheintenseworkloadaheadbutitsanopportunitytomeetotherstudents.ThepeopleyoumeetduringLEAPwillbeoneofyourstrongestsupportsystemswhichisessentialtoasuccessfullawschoolexperience.-CherylVillanuevaClassof2014 TheLEAPprogramprovidesincomingminoritystudentswiththeopportunitytodevelopcriticalrelationshipswithotherstudentspriortothefirstdayoflawschool.Theserelationshipshelptomakethetransitionintothefast-pacedlawschoolenvironmentlessstressful.WithinthefirstweekoftheLEAPprogramIfoundmystudypartnerandbestfriendwhoprovidedbothemotionalandacademicsupportthroughoutallthreeyearsoflawschool.Studentswillalsolearnfromsuccessfulupper-levelstudentstheskillsandtechniquesnecessarytosucceedinlawschool.TheabilitytoaskquestionsandpracticedifferentstudytechniquesoverthecourseoftheLEAPprogramisinvaluable.TheLEAPprogramexceededallmyexpectations.IwouldnotbewhereIamtodaywithoutthisprogram.ThankyouProfessorSchererandthankyouLEAP-LaurenMoralesLEAPProgramStudentCo-Director2010-2011Classof2012PursuingmydreamtobecomeanattorneyafterworkingformanyyearsandraisingmyfamilyseemedlikeagoalIwouldneveraccomplish.L.E.A.P.easedmyanxietyaboutattendinglawschoolandgavemethetoolsIneededtosucceed.AftermyfourweeksintheL.E.A.P.summerprogrammyfeargavewaytodeterminationandIwelcomedthestartoflawschoolfeelingpreparedforallthechallengesbeforeme.ForstudentsthathavebeenawayfromtheclassroomforyearsL.E.A.P.offersasafeandnurturingenvironmenttoprepareusforsuccessdayoneoflawschool.YouquicklylearnthattherearemanyfactorsthatcontributetoyourperformanceinlawschoolandL.E.A.P.becomesanextensionofyoursupportsystemtohelpyounavigatethroughtheprocess.-TanyaFreemanLEAPProgramStudentCo-Director2010-2011and2011-2012Classof2012TheLEAPprogramhasservedasthesinglemostbeneficialresourceformeinlawschool.Thisremarkableprogramhelpsstudentsdeveloptheskillsnecessarytosucceed.Additionallyitisanetworkofstudentswhocanrelateunderstandandassistyouthroughtheacademicdemandsyoullface.Theprogramsupportsyoubywayoftheteachingassistanceofupper-divisionstudents.Aswellthesestudentshelpimpartvaluablelessonslearnedfromtheirexperiencesduringlawschool.Mygratitudefortheprogramcannotbefullyexpressedinwordsbuthasbeenarewardingopportunitywhichshouldbeusedtoitsfulladvantage.-JulianneRodriguezLEAPProgramStudentCo-Director2011-2012Classof2013 ANTHEAM.DESETAGESClassof2001TheL.E.A.P.summerprogramnotonlyintroducedmetofirstyearlawschoolsubjectsbutalsofosteredanearlyunderstandingofthelawschoolcultureandtheacademicrigorinherentinthelawschoolcurriculum.Theacademicyearcomponentoftheprogramhelpedmedeveloptheskillsessentialtoanylawstudentssuccessusingsubstantivelawasthevehiclethroughwhichthoseskillscouldbepracticed.Fromwritingessaystoarticulatinglegalanalysisforhypotheticalquestionsfromcomparingoutlinestobrainstormingstudyschedulesstudentswerealwaysencouragedtodeveloplong-termhabitsthatwouldenablethemtoperformwellontheirlawschoolexamsandultimatelyonthebarexam.BeyondlawschoolmanyofthepeopleImetintheL.E.A.P.programarenowlifelongfriends.Thebondswesharewithstandlongabsencesdiversegeographiclocationsanddifferentlifecircumstances.IwasfortunatetobeabletopassontheskillsImasteredintheL.E.A.P.programastheAcademicSuccessCounseloratalawschoolinCharlotteandnowserveasAssistantDeanforAcademicsatthislawschool.WhoknewthattheimpactoftheL.E.A.P.programonmylifewouldbesofar-reachingAssistantDeanforAcademicsCharlotteSchoolofLawEditor-in-ChiefoftheTouroLawReviewMARGARETCHANClassof1993TheL.E.A.P.programlessenedtheanxietyofdealingwithclassesandclassmatesmanyofwhomweretenyearsmyjuniorinageographicalareawhereaminoritystudentwasseldomseen.Theorientationdemystifiedthewholelegalconundrumforthoseunversedinthisfieldandthestaffandmemberswerewarm-heartedandcaring.Thatwasaverygoodstart.ItooktheL.E.A.P.summercourseandinturntaughtafewcoursesforL.E.A.P.IfoundafewpeoplefromthissmallcommunitythatistheL.E.A.P.programwithwhomIstudiedforthebarexam.Wealldidwellandweremaingoodfriends.Weventuredforthandbecamesuccessfulinthelegalfield.IamcurrentlyajudgeintheCivilCourtoftheCityofNewYork.IamthankfultotheL.E.A.P.programfortheencouragementtogothedistanceingettingwhereIamnowandIamthankfultoTouroforgivingmethetoolstogethere.JudgeCivilCourtCityofNewYorkManagingEditoroftheTouroLawReview ROSSE.PETERSClassof2000WhenProfessorSchererinvitedmetoparticipateinTourosLegalEducationAccessProgramL.E.A.P.summercoursefornewfirstyearlawstudentsIwashesitanttoattendatfirst.IwasunsurethatitwouldbeworthmytimeandefforttomakethemovefromTexastoNewYorkamonthpriortothebeginningofmyfirstsemester.AfterthefirstdayoftheprogramIrealizedthatitwouldhavebeenamistakenottoattend.IcouldnothavehadabetterintroductiontolawschoolthanIreceivedbyparticipatinginL.E.A.P.Thesummerprogramprovidednotonlyaglancethroughthewindowofwhatwastocomeinthefirstyearoflawschoolbutalsosomeofthevaluabletoolsthatwouldbeneededtoattackthechallengesahead.TheteachingassistantsessionsthroughouttheacademicyearhelpedmetosolidifywhatIlearnedintheclassroomanddevelopstrongbondswithotherL.E.A.P.participants.TheprogramprovedsobeneficialtomyacademicdevelopmentthatIdecidedtogivebacktoL.E.A.P.bybecomingateachingassistant.InternationalTaxAttorneyChevronPhillipsChemicalCompanyEditor-in-ChiefoftheTouroLawReviewSANDRAIRBYClassof2007Duringthesummerprogramstudentslearnhowtobriefcases-whichisadauntingtimeconsumingtaskforafirstyearstudent.Studentsalsolearnstudyandtest-takingskills.AtthetimethatIparticipatedinL.E.A.P.Iworkedfull-timeataninsurancecompanyandintendedtomaintainthatschedulewhileattendingtheLawCenterspart-timeprogram.L.E.A.P.formedmyunderstandingoflawschoolandhowtoachieveacademicsuccess.Itansweredmanyofthekeyquestionsthatincomingstudentstypicallyasksuchaswhattostudyhowtostudyandhowmuchoneshouldstudy.TheprogramprovidedmewiththetoolsIneededtobeasuccessfullawstudentandconnectedmetoupper-levelstudentswhohadachievedacademicsuccessattheLawCenter.AttendingL.E.A.P.ssummerclassesandtheteachingassistantsessionshelpedmeobtainacademicachievementssuchasDeansListandLawReview.AftermyfirstyearoflawschoolIcontinuedtoparticipateinL.E.A.P.asateachingassistant.Thatopportunityallowedmetomentorincomingstudentsandreinforcemyknowledgeinimportantsubjectsthatwerecertaintoappearonabarexam.L.E.A.P.boostedmyacademicandprofessionalsuccessesandforthosereasonsIwillbeforevergratefultoProfessorSchererandthestudentswhocontinuetomakeL.E.A.P.asuccessfulprogramattheLawCenter.PrincipalLawClerktoCourtofAppealsJudgeTheodoreT.JonesNewYorkStateCourtofAppealsMemberoftheTouroLawReviewandClassOratoratgraduation