Everyone talks diversity. Sutherland's doing something about it.
Established in 2005, Sutherland Scholars is an intensive three-week, 40-hour summer program for recent college graduates headed to law school or rising college seniors from historically black colleges and universities. The program is offered at no cost and is designed to introduce students to the rigors of law school. Scholars are exposed to topics such as how to navigate the law school admission process, what to expect during the first year of law school, and getting a job upon graduation. The program engages a professor to teach introductory courses in Contracts and Torts (with exams) and provides the scholars with a chance to hear from and visit with a variety of legal professionals. The program also includes a modest stipend.
The first year of law school is challenging. The Sutherland Scholars program helps to demystify the law school experience by exposing students to everything they will need to be successful. Sutherland attorneys and other legal professionals lead intensive roundtable discussions that include:
- Overview of the Law School Curriculum
- Basic Factors for Success in Law School
- How to Prepare for Class
- How to Brief a Case
- How to Form an Effective Study Group
- Legal Research Techniques
- How to Prepare for Law School Exams
- How to Write Final Exams
- Opportunities to Excel: Law Review, Moot Court, Mock Trials and Clinical Programs
- Tips on Building Relationships with Professors
- Preparing for Life After Law School
- Business Etiquette Training
To date, more than 350 students have graduated from the program. The Sutherland Scholars program is the first program of its kind and has served as a model and inspiration for other programs throughout the country.