College of Law

Law and Leadership Institute at Toledo Law receives $20,000 grant

February 24, 2015

The Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) at The University of Toledo College of Law has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Toledo Community Foundation to enhance its upper level curriculum.  

Supported by the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio’s nine law schools, and others, LLI is a state-wide initiative to help prepare students from underserved communities for post-secondary success through a four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, and writing skills.

The grant permits the expansion of the writing program during the last two years of LLI’s four-year high school program. Students will now receive instruction from experienced composition teachers, write an in-depth research paper, and respond to rigorous feedback on drafts.

“This grant will help further the goals of LLI to inspire and prepare students by strengthening their analytical and writing skills, which are critical for success in college and professional careers” said Marilyn Preston, legal writing professor and director of Toledo Law’s LLI program.

Those students who complete top-level research papers will receive a monetary award.

“The potential of the award will motivate those LLI students who now leave LLI during the last two years to remain in the program through graduation,” said Preston. “It also will cause them to strive for excellence in their writing, which, in turn, will make them more likely to succeed in college.”

Toledo Law’s LLI program began in 2009 with a single ninth grade class; a new class has joined the program each following year. The LLI program was piloted in Columbus and Cleveland in 2008, and has since grown to more than 400 high school students on eight law school campuses across the state.

Each of the four summers, beginning the summer after eighth grade, LLI students take three to five weeks of classes or internships. They also return on some Saturdays during the academic year. Students compete in mock trials and public policy discussions, intern in law firms, visit colleges, and prepare for the ACT.

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens in the Toledo area to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in the area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 670 funds with assets of approximately $219 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses, and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. 

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