Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) was established at the urging of former Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard by the Indiana General Assembly. In 1997, Governor Frank O’Bannon signed the law giving funding to CLEO (check out the Indiana Code to read the law). CLEO’s purpose then and now is to help college students in need pursue a law degree in Indiana.
The Indiana CLEO Summer Institute is held annually to introduce new CLEO Fellows to the program. The first Summer Institute was held in the summer of 1997 at Indiana University’s Bloomington Law School. In 1997, 30 students enrolled in the first CLEO institute and 25 students went on to graduate from law school, representing all of Indiana’s law schools.
Since 1997, over 400 students have successfully completed the Summer Institute and over 300 have graduated from law school.
The Indiana CLEO program was established to assist Indiana minority, low income, or educationally disadvantaged college graduates in pursuing a law degree and a career in the Indiana legal community.
The Summer Institute is an intense preparatory tool designed to help students become accustomed to what they will experience as law students. In a short period of time, participants are immersed into some of the required first year law school courses. The courses vary each year, but the intensity remains the same. Participants not only receive support and assistance from faculty, but from teaching assistants who are ICLEO Fellows and have also successfully completed the Summer Institute experience. In order to maintain the rigor of the program, participants are not permitted to work during the Summer Institute and must reside in the provided housing. There is no cost to participate for selected students.
Participants begin law school with confidence and develop bonds with their ICLEO classmates that often evolve into lasting friendships. The support and encouragement they are able to offer one another during law school and beyond is invaluable.
Students who successfully complete the Summer Institute and become certified graduates of the program may be eligible for an annual stipend. Stipends may be awarded for up to three successive academic years if the student remains eligible. The annual stipend currently is $6,500 if you attend a public law school and $9,000 if you attend a private law school in Indiana.
The Indiana CLEO Program also helps students locate law-related summer employment after their first and second years of law school with Indiana appellate courts, trial courts, other governmental employers, and law firms.
Indiana CLEO is governed by Indiana Code 33-24-13