Program for aspiring law students seeks to boost minority lawyers

GREENSBORO N.C.
Twenty college students from across the state are giving up
a month of summer vacation to learn about law school as part of a program aimed
at increasing the number of minority attorneys.

The Road to Law School
Academy, part of a program run by
the American Bar Association’s Council on Legal Education Opportunities, is
intended to help minority college students learn about the law school
experience.

While the program has been offered in other states, this
summer marks its first time in North Carolina,
said Denise Baker, associate dean for the College
of Arts and Sciences at the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro,
which is hosting the program.

The Council on Legal Education Opportunities chose North
Carolina after it found that minority attorneys are
underrepresented in the state, Baker said.

Students invited to participate are from UNC Greensboro,
North Carolina A&T University, Winston-Salem
State University
and North Carolina Central
University.

“I really feel like I can make a difference in the
court system,” said Karen Thompson, a 21-year-old junior at North Carolina
A&T participating in the program. “African Americans are not widely
represented, if you look at lawyers and judges, and I want to help change
that.”

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