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2013 Law and Leadership Graduates Plan Careers in Legal Field, Business and Engineering


Four years ago a group of rising ninth graders began a summer experience at the College of Law as participants in the school’s first year with the Law and Leadership Institute (LLI), a statewide initiative in collaboration with the legal community designed to inspire and prepare students from underserved communities for post-secondary and professional success. This is done through a comprehensive four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills and professionalism.

Today, the remaining members of the inaugural class have reached several milestones. They have graduated from their respective high schools and the LLI program, and are now matriculating to college. And yes, several have plans for a career in the legal field in their future.

  • Jordan Posey. A National Achievement Finalist, Posey graduated from Walnut Hills High School with honors. He will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall in the Honors Program, majoring in English Literature and International Affairs. Posey is a recipient of a Cincinnatus Excellence scholarship and plans for a career in law. He authored an editorial about his experience with the LLI program and how it prepared him for future success. It is a must read.
  • Kabria Tyler. Valedictorian of her class at Gamble Montessori High School, Tyler will attend the University of Cincinnati this fall and major in business. 
  • Jonathon Freeman. Voted “Most Inspiring” and “Most Courageous” by classmates at Gamble Montessori High School, Freeman will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall. He will major in electrical engineering and pre-law. 
  • Sydney Thomas. Thomas will be attending Hampton University this fall on a full-tuition scholarship. 
  • Shamiyah Hood. Hood will first attend Cincinnati State and Technical College and then transfer to the University of Cincinnati. 
  • Joshua Harker. He plans to attend the University of Cincinnati beginning this fall. 
  • Lauren Posey. Posey is an outstanding senior at Walnut Hills High School.

Several LLI program is assisted by law school students and public school teachers who work with the students over the course of the program.  Read more about their experience and a reflection piece on how the Constitution was brought to life for the students in a very real way.  (Teachers' Perspective)

About the LLI Program

The Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) is an intensive program designed to support high-achieving students from under-served communities as they progress toward success in college and professional life. Its purpose is to introduce minority students and others from under-served communities to the legal field as a possible career option. Students learn about legal concepts, including constitutional principles governing searches and seizures; participate in vigorous debates and write extensively about current issues. Today, LLI provides effective law and leadership programming to over 400 high school students, on eight law school campuses across the state of Ohio.