Join us for a 2018 iLead Law and Leadership Conference!

Baltimore, MD on Friday, March 16,2018 - Detroit, MI on Saturday, March 31, 2018.

The iLead Law and Leadership Conference (iLLC) is a fun, educational and interactive program hosted by Just The Beginning-A Pipeline Organization. iLLC is a one-day program designed to teach students the importance of leadership in their schools, communities, professional careers and to enhance those skills through interactive exercises. Students will participate in three leadership workshops and conduct a fun legal negotiation that requires them to work in teams and think critically. The program is offered at no cost to students. Students will receive program materials and all meals for free. The student is responsible for transportation to and from the program, however, JTB does offer a limited quantity of transportation scholarships. For questions and additional information, please contact JTB-APO Program Director, Cristina Figueroa, at




The Summer Legal Institute provides high school students with exposure to legal careers, the opportunity to build legal and professional skills, and connections with judges, lawyers, and other leaders in the legal profession. This program is FREE to all participants! Applications for our 2017 Summer Legal Institute are now closed.

JTB offers free educational pipeline programming for students in middle school, high school, college, and law school with a mission to increase the diversity in the legal profession.  To hear directly from our scholars about how JTB programs have positively influenced them, click here 






In 2016, our school-year programs alone served more than 300 students. JTB’s signature school year programs include interactive workshops in a school setting and arranging for students to visit courthouses. Our 2016 summer programs successfully served 246 students. JTB also placed 25 diverse law students in federal judicial internships to allow them the unique opportunity to see the inner-workings of a judge’s chambers and enhance their legal research and writing skills.

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Partners & Sponsors


It is partners like you that make our impactful programming possible. The key to our pipeline programming is the unique learning experience created by attorney volunteers from corporations and law firms that actively collaborate and work with our scholars.  

To see a list of JTB's 2017 Partners and Sponsors click here.










Just The Beginning is in its 7th year of running our Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project. The purpose of the JRC-JTB Project is to place highly-qualified minority, underrepresented and economically disadvantaged law students in the chambers of judges for summer internships. The Project has been a tremendous success—in 2017, we had 100 judges participate and placed over 62 interns, and since 2011 we have placed close to 400 law students in judicial internships nationwide. Applications for the 2018 SJID Project are now closed.  To find out more information, please click here. 

We are located in several cities across the United States. Our Programs reach all aspects of the pipeline through programs aimed at students from middle school through law school.


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