The Hispanic National Bar Association-Legal Education Fund (HNBA-LEF) is launching its Legal Education Action Program (LEAP) to introduce Hispanic high school students to the U.S. legal system and provide scholarships to students across the country, the organization announced today.
This year's program will be hosted in Los Angeles on June 23-30 and will be underwritten by private donors, corporations, law firms and law schools. The program will be held annually in various cities across the U.S. each year.
"LEAP will be a strong addition to our legal education pipeline programs aimed at elevating Hispanic youth from grade school through graduate school," Peter M. Reyes Jr., HNBA national president, said in a statement.
Students will meet with business leaders, lawyers, law professors, and government officials, including judges.
"The LEAP program guides students to understand that our nation's elected officials are to be governed by the rule of law," said Omar Vargas, HNBA-LEF president.
Applications to the program are available online at HNBA's website.
The HNBA is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization representing the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants and law students in the U.S. and its territories. The HNBA-LEF is a tax-exempt nonprofit Washington, D.C., corporation organized for charitable and educational purposes.
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