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A program of the CAP LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE sponsored by Nixon Peabody LLP.

In June of 2005, LatinoJustice PRLDEF launched a new initiative called LAWbound®, a project whose aim was to increase the number of Latinos who successfully stay on the path to law school.

With the support of the Office of Diversity Initiatives of the Law School Admission Council, LAWbound® builds upon our current pre-law programming and identifies Latino students early in their college career. The program provides targeted services that address some of the most common barriers to admission to law school, and helps students effectively navigate the law school admissions process, and, in turn, underwrite their own success.

Our goal is simple. To increase the number of Latinos who go to law school.

The LAWbound® program plan includes:

  1. Outreach, recruitment and college activities
  2. The Luis J. DeGraffe LAWbound® Summer/Winter Academy
  3. Mentoring and networking
  4. Wrap-around programming that improves access from law school to bar admission.

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a legal education.
  • Be of Hispanic heritage and currently enrolled as a college freshman or sophomore during initial application to the program.
  • Demonstrate strong academic potential with a minimum overall B average or better and permit LatinoJustice PRLDEF access to your academic record.

Applicants must be able to attend the full summer prep program that takes place in August. Applicants for the winter class must be able to attend our new winter academy, which takes place the second week of January.

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer 2020 Program: August 3--7, 2020 – Deadline, Monday, July 6, 2020
    Winter 2021 Program: January 11-15, 2021 – Deadline, Friday, November 13, 2020

2020-2021 LAWbound® Application Packet

Contact [email protected] for more information.