Summer Legal Institute- Springfield, MA


Hosted by the Western New England School of Law

Applications are now open. Please click here to access!

The Springfield, MA SLI s a fun, educational, and interactive program hosted by the Western New England School of Law (1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA). The SLI will take place from Monday, July 9, to Friday, July 13, 2018. Our program 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. The program is FREE to all students, with public transportation passes available to students who express a need. Housing is not available; students traveling from a distance further than the metro area are required to arrange for their own housing.

Students who participate in the Summer Legal Institute will:
 Study the legal system and how it works alongside attorney and judge volunteers;
 Build leadership and teamwork skills;
 Analyze selected cases, debate legal issues and participate in both a mock trial and an oral argument;
 Gain an understanding of the real-life aspects of practicing law at a law firm or corporation;
 Develop contacts with legal professionals and organizations that provide scholarships, internships and mentors; and
 Receive guidance about the college and law school admissions processes, as well as financial aid resources.*

* Parents, guardians, and mentors are strongly encouraged to attend the closing ceremony to learn the steps involved in helping students navigate the process of taking standardized tests, applying to college, exploring financial aid and working toward the ultimate goal of attending law school.


The SLI is open to students who will be high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in the Fall of 2018 and the program is FREE to all students. Enrollment is limited to 40 students.

To apply online, include:
1. Completed answers to the questions on the online form.

2. Your Statement of Interest: on the online form in the “Statement of Interest” box, write a paragraph telling us about yourself and discussing why you would like to participate in this program.

3. An unofficial copy of your current progress report or report card (official transcript not required).

4. A letter of recommendation from a non-family member who knows you well. The recommendation letter should include: (a) the writer’s name, title and contact information; (b) the writer’s relationship to the applicant; (c) the length of time the writer has known the applicant; and (d) why the writer believes the applicant should participate in the Summer Legal Institute.