Black Law Students Encourage Urban Prep Seniors to Consider Legal Training
High school senior Cedric Hakeem aspires to be a lawyer one day, but has always been somewhat baffled by the process it takes to get there. Many of his questions were answered during a recent visit to the University of Chicago Law School.
“When I heard my school was going here, I got so excited because I really don’t know that much about law school,” said Hakeem, dressed in his crisp school uniform of suit coat, striped tie, and khakis. “All I know is I can’t wait to get there.” As a first step toward his goal, he will be attending Grinnell College in the fall.
Along with more than a dozen classmates from Urban Prep Academy, Hakeem spent the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 23, touring the Law School, meeting with members of the Black Law Students Association, and talking with Randolph Stone, Director of the Criminal & Juvenile Justice Project at Law School’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. Urban Prep focuses its efforts on providing young, black, economically disadvantaged men from Chicago with high quality college preparation. It recently announced 100 percent college matriculation among its seniors for a second year in a row.
During an hour–long panel discussion with BLSA members, the Urban Prep Academy students heard about everything from the LSAT and various types of law practice to how to best prepare for success in law school and what particular hurdles young black men may face.