There are many ways to support JTB's mission to offer free educational pipeline programming for every student. Your contributions allow us to make a measurable impact in the legal field, now and in the future.

Upcoming Programs

Ready. Set. Law.

Chicago, IL

September 20, 2024

Student Application

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August 5 – 8, 2024

Student Registration

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iLead Law & Leadership Conference

Seattle, WA

August 12 – 14, 2024

Nashville, TN

October 25, 2024

Student Registration

Middle School Law Camp

Chicago, IL

July 31 – August 2, 2024

Volunteer Registration

Check out the video below to see our programs in action and hear from a few students and volunteers who are making an impact in the legal profession.


Lighting the spark in the next generation of diverse lawyers and leaders.

JTB educates hundreds of students about the legal profession through our school-year programs and Summer Legal Institutes (SLIs) around the country. These programs are all provided completely free of charge to the students we serve.


Just the Beginning” began as a celebration of the Integration of the Federal Judiciary in 1949. Today, Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization continues this mission by offering pipeline programs directly aimed at inspiring young students and increasing diversity in the legal profession and judiciary.


JTB offers free educational pipeline programming for students in middle school, high school and law school with a mission to increase the diversity in the legal profession.


JTB annually measures the impact of the Summer Legal Institute and other programs by providing pre and post surveys to scholars to gauge their experience and acquired skills. In 2023, 87% of our scholars were more interested in becoming a lawyer after completing the Summer Legal Institute.


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JTB programs help Scholars to develop their leadership skills while introducing them to careers in law. In 2023, 87% of our Summer Legal Institute Scholars were more interested in becoming a lawyer after the week-long immersion.



We provide exposure to a wide variety of legal careers and leaders. We believe you can become what you can see.


We provide resources and guidance in helping JTB Scholars build legal, professional, and leadership skills; they then employ these skills in legal environments. We believe you learn more when you do more.


We connect our Scholars with our extraordinary network, which includes: lawyers, judges, corporate partners, and JTB alumni who are committed to passing the torch by providing inspiration, encouragement, and support.

Together We Make The Difference

We Light the Spark in Tomorrow's Leaders!

"After participating in a JTB program, I feel more confident in this option as a career path and I feel like I created a new passion for myself in the law. I am excited to see where this takes me!"

Ava Mulno
San Diego Summer Legal Institute 2023