Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project

SJID works to provide underrepresented law students summer judicial internships in the chambers of federal and state appellate judges, federal district judges, and federal bankruptcy and magistrate judges. The Project is national in scope and seeks to place law students as judicial interns across the country.

Apply HERE. More information is available HERE.

JTB is kicking off 2021 by expanding our Board of Directors. We work to illuminate a path to law school or a successful legal career by lighting the spark of recognition that it is possible to become a lawyer and a leader in students of color and other underrepresented groups. Our Board is essential to fueling that spark.

In our ongoing effort to ensure the diversity of JTB’s Board, we are looking for individuals who have specialized skills and expertise that will benefit our mission. We’re recruiting professionals with backgrounds in law, finance, management, fundraising, education, and diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives. If you’re willing to be an enthusiastic advocate for JTB and encourage others to get involved, you can review, complete and submit a Board application here.

JTB Scholar Prep

JTB Scholar Prep is a fun and educational virtual program designed to introduce high students to the legal field.

Apply HERE. More information is available HERE.

JTB-APO is a multiracial, nonprofit organization that has served the legal community for over 25 years.

It is dedicated to developing and nurturing interest in the law among young persons from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession and to supporting their continued advancement.

By acting as a continual advocate for diversity and higher education, JTB sustains a cycle of academic and professional achievement and role models for underserved communities with a high proportion of at-risk-students.

JTB-APO

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.

History

Just the Beginning” began as a celebration of the Integration of the Federal Judiciary on September 19, 1992, in Chicago, IL. 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.

Programs

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.

Impact

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 2019, 90% of our scholars were more interested in becoming a lawyer after completing the Summer Legal Institute and 74% described their experience as positive or very positive.

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JTB programs help Scholars to develop their leadership skills while introducing them to careers in law. In 2019, 90% of our Summer Legal Institute Scholars were more interested in becoming a lawyer after the week-long immersion.

OUR VALUES

Exposure

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

Education

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.

Connection

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!

"I miss JTB so much! It has been influential in the way I carry myself professionally. During the Summer Legal Institute I was able to gain more confidence in my public speaking and networking skills!"

-Samantha Samano, Summer Legal Institute Alumnae

We facilitate programming 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.