Connecting You with the Law

It's never too soon to think about the world that awaits you, where you'll go, what you'll do, and who you will become. Let us partner with you as you build your pathway to tomorrow. Our programs are designed to get you thinking and serve you in ways that help your dreams become reality.

Mentoring & Civics Education

Through our 3Rs: Rights, Responsibilities, Realities Program, hundreds of volunteers from the legal community - lawyers, judges, paralegals and law students - visit high school students in their U.S. Government classes in the Cleveland Metropolitan and East Cleveland City Schools each year. The 3Rs Program is designed to help students better understand the U.S. Constitution and our justice system, to help them prepare for the end-of-course exams required to graduate, and to assist students to focus on developing a plan for life after high school graduation.

For useful resources on career-building, higher education, and the law, visit the Student Resources section of The 3Rs page.

Minority high school students from schools throughout Cuyahoga County are also provided the opportunity to participate in our Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy for rising seniors. The Summer Legal Academy includes a two-week, full-time institute at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in June, followed by a one-month internship with stipend in law firms and offices in the Cleveland legal community. The Academy is interactive and provides students with the opportunity to learn how to prepare for and conduct trials under the supervision of law school faculty, lawyers, and judges.

Developing Your Skills through Mock Trial Competitions

Do you want to put what you learn into practice? Consider joining a mock trial team.  We coordinate a number of mock trial competitions offering you the chance to play the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and experts in a courtroom trial scenario. For decades, through the Cuyahoga District and Regional Mock Trial Competitions (part of the Ohio Mock Trial Competition) and the Cleveland Mock Trial Competition (uniquely for Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools), thousands of high school students have enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the law and to develop their skills on mock trial teams.  The mock trial experience not only provides a first-person education about the law and our justice system, it also improves public speaking, critical thinking and analytical skills, poise and the ability to "think on your feet" - all skills that will help you no matter what course of study or career you pursue after high school.  

Pipeline to Law School

If you are a senior at a high school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District or Shaw High School, are enrolled or enrolling in college in the fall after high school graduation this spring and you have an interest in pursuing a career in the law, consider applying for the Louis Stokes Scholars Program. The Stokes Scholars program provides a paid summer internship experience at law firms, courts, and legal nonprofits in downtown Cleveland.  In addition, Stokes Scholars are provided with mentors who agree to continue to mentor you beyond the summer and through your college years. Stokes Scholars also take part in a variety of interesting and enriching group experiences during the summer, including field trips and meetings with the judges and court personnel in all of the local courts, lunch and learn programs with legal community leaders, networking and social programs, visits to local law schools and meetings with deans and admissions and financial aid officers, writing and public speaking seminars, and much more.

For Teachers

Let us complement your hard work and dedication to your students. We can work with you for Mock Trial teams, provide you experts on various legal topics through our Speakers Bureau, and more. To learn more, contact the CMBA at (216) 696-3525.