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December 13, 2010
  Working as a CLEO Ambassador

After attending the Sophomore Summer Institute in Illinois this past Summer, I decided to maintain contact with La CLEO Familia by working as a CLEO Ambassador. The requirements of the Ambassador program have allowed me to form a much stronger relationship with the Pre-Law community on my campus. I've realized that working for CLEO not only builds awareness for the organization, but it also benefits myself.

CLEO has been a life-changing experience for me. At SSI, I made friends whom to this day, feel like an extended family. SSI also helped solidify my desire to pursue a career in law, and it gave me the tools to begin preparation so that I can get into a top-notch law school. 

I hope to continue working for CLEO beyond my Ambassador tenure, and I am truly thankful for the organization.

Megan A. Moore
B.A. English, Minor: Spanish Language & Literature, 2012
The George Washington University
 Board, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law
Reporter, The GW Hatchet

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    Posted By: MM @ 12/13/2010 09:25 AM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

December 5, 2010
  CLEO is truly a blessing


I know it doesn't sound very genuine, but I think it is.  I think CLEO IS a blessing.  I just got back from participating in a panel for Leaders and Best, an organization at the University of Michigan I was previously part of who helps minority and low income students succeed in college.  Through them, I heard about CLEO for the first time through an email.  Today, I went there and spoke about CLEO and the benefits of becoming a CLEO Scholar.  It's funny how things form a full circle.

In preparing for the panel, I looked closely at the CLEO Scholars website, and looked at every program CLEO offers, from freshman programs to programs aimed at graduating law students. I had not realized all the help that CLEO offers to those who are willing to do what it takes to get help and succeed.  Law school seems scary some times, most of the time, but as I looked through the programs, I really did feel like I was not on my own.  Somebody out there wants to help me succeed.  I'm a Latina woman, first-generation student.  I'm like a triple minority, and I know all odds are against me.  But those odds won't mean much because I know I can do it.  And when I see all the help that is available, I become even more confident that I can do this.  I will do this.

I'm so glad I am now a CLEO Scholar.  I really do feel like becoming part of CLEO was one of the best professional decisions I've made in my life.  It didn't only help me realize I really did want to go to law school, but it has also offered to help me get there and finish it.  To me, that fullfills the definition of a blessing. 

--J. Leal

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    Posted By: lealjes @ 12/05/2010 04:36 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

July 27, 2010
  Take advantage of what CLEO has to offer

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to take the time to thank CLEO for all the guidance and advice they have provided for me.

I started at the junior jumpstart program and attended the ASAP program, as well. If you can make it to the ASAP, GO!! That was the most helpful event I could have ever asked for!

The application process is very intimidating and it is vital to pay close attention to detail.  I applied and felt very confident b/c of the advice I received at ASAP.

I will be attending SMU law school in  August! I wish everyone the best of luck and feel free to contact me if anyone has questions! I am forever grateful for CLEO !!

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    Posted By: Alex.Guio @ 07/27/2010 04:44 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

May 17, 2010
  First Post

Hey everyone: I look forward to SSI and meeting you all

Megan A. Moore

GW 2012

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    Posted By: MM @ 05/17/2010 07:12 PM     Blog Here     Comments (1)  

May 12, 2010

I have successfully added myself to the CLEO blogging world! The count down has officially begun, 24 days until I am @ NIU....

Nicole Caldwell
Cleo Scholar

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    Posted By: nicolecaldwell @ 05/12/2010 02:55 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

May 10, 2010
  CLEO Ambassador

Hello All,

We’ve made it to the end of another semester.  I hope that everyone’s grades reflect the amount of work that they put in this last semester.  More importantly, I hope that you have learned a lot about yourself and your chosen field of study.  I can’t believe how fast undergrad is going.  I only have two more semesters left before graduation.  I can’t believe that I’ll be taking the LSAT and submitting all of my applications by the close of this year.   When I first started at New Jersey City University (NJCU), I remember thinking that I had an eternity to prepare for law school and the LSAT.  Now it’s only a few short months away.  I know that I would not feel anywhere near as confident as I do now about the law school admission process if it was not for CLEO.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have a long way to go and a lot left to learn but thanks to CLEO and the various sponsors, partners and volunteers that make all the events that I have participated in possible, I know what I have to do.  I feel truly blessed to have been presented with all the opportunities that CLEO has made accessible to me.  That is one of the reasons I’m so glad that CLEO has the Ambassador program.  It’s a way for me to give back by helping to inform other students interested in attending law school and becoming attorneys of the services CLEO has available for them.  

I hope that everyone who reads this has a great summer and continues to work towards achieving all of their goals; especially, gaining acceptance into the law school of their choice.



Huston Rivera

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    Posted By: HR02 @ 05/10/2010 09:57 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

April 29, 2010
  Upon Graduation

My undergraduate graduation is two weeks away and I am stoked to finally complete this milestone in my life. Although I have not substantially followed through on my plan to attend law school right after graduation, I am considering a Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. I am anxious to know what are other student's thoughts about the Paralegal Studies Program, if you have completed a program of study such as that, or if you know of someone who has?

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    Posted By: T. Eason @ 04/29/2010 06:27 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

January 17, 2010
  Admission Applications
Happy New year!

Has anyone applied to Rutger's Newark, NJ adn heard anything? I just sent my application in this weekend.

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    Posted By: prelaw40+ @ 01/17/2010 07:07 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

December 31, 2009
  Ambassador: Junior Year

I am currently a junior at UTPA, working on a BA in Accounting. Although, my degree is not that of a typical student interested in law school, I chose it because I wanted a degree that would push and challenge me. However, it did have its downsides since my first two years of college lacked any type of preparation for my ultimate goal which is law school. Fortunately, through the Career Services department offered at my school I found out about CLEO. I then applied to the Sophomore Summer Institute and was fortunate enough to get chosen as one of the participants. Applying and taking part in SSI was one of the best things I have done since it offered me something no other program had offered me: early LSAT preparation and the opportunity to be taught by actual law professors. I can honestly say that any one who has the opportunity to take part in any CLEO program should do so. If you take part in any CLEO program, you have a serious advantage over other students that wait too late to start preparing for law school. In SSI my passion for law was put to test and now I have no doubt in my mind this is what I want to do.


After completing SSI I decided to become a CLEO Ambassador so that I could spread the word about CLEO to other college students so, they too could take advantage of it.  As the year comes to an end I am happy about all that I have accomplished and the many people that I have exposed CLEO to. When school resumes I will be ready continue fulfilling my duties as an ambassador and to continue preparing for law school.




Message to those considering law school/CLEO:

At times college can become very stressful, but if you learn to prioritize by putting programs like CLEO, that help you every step of the way in preparing/applying for law school, on top you will find it a lot easier to achieve your goals.

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    Posted By: yvette_07_10 @ 12/31/2009 02:52 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

December 21, 2009
  CLEO Ambassador

Hello, as the year comes to a close I can't hep recalling my first semester as a CLEO Ambassador. After completing SSI 2009 in Houston, I was ready for the challege. I'm proud to say that I met my goals for 2009. My priority was to encourage students on the 'road to law school'. There have been countless students who have revived their desires to do their best after hearing about the programs offered. One person in particular had decided that they were not smart enough to get into law school and with some motivational advice this person has decided to take Kaplan and attempt the LSAT. I believed that this person just needed someone to remind them that with perseverance and dedication, all goals can be met.

Through these opportunities I met various law school professors and discussed the benefits of CLEO. I even got to do a video for a LSAT prep course along with free LSAT practice tests. CLEO helped me to focus myself considering how hectic this year was. I want to end this year with the hope and promise that next year will be an even greater success! Happy Holidays!


B. Zachariah


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    Posted By: bbzachariah @ 12/21/2009 01:20 AM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

December 18, 2009
  CLEO Ambassador

Hello All,

As I come to the end of my first full semester as a CLEO Ambassador, I must admit that I have thoroughly enjoyed myself.  As an Ambassador, I have been given the opportunity to share my experiences with CLEO with fellow undergraduates and post graduates who are also interested in attending law school.  I also have meet quite a few attorneys (CLEO Fellows and Ambassadors)  that credit CLEO and the programs that CLEO offers as directly contributing to them being able to succeed in Law School and  beyond.  Equally important, I have been given the opportunity to listen to attorneys and prospective law student's stories, fears, apprehensions, and successes.  Dealing specifically with NJCU, I have had the opportunity to inform my fellow classmates about the various programs that CLEO offers.   As a result of our conversations, I have attended, and hopefully will attend more, CLEO events with other Gothic Knights!

Wishing all who read this happiness this Holiday Season and every day of the New Year.


Huston Rivera

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    Posted By: HR02 @ 12/18/2009 10:00 AM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

December 11, 2009
  Fall Semester

The Ambassador position was a really rewarding experience, as it allowed for me to work with my school's Pre-Law Advisers and my fellow CLEO Ambassador Yusuf. Throughout the semester we attended Pre-Law events, and made presentations during pre-law clubs meetings. Several people from our school have expressed interest in CLEO and all of the opportunites it provides because of these meetings and events.We were able to recount our personal experiences with CLEO, and tell them about the personal benefits we've received by being involved with CLEO. We told them about the friends we've made, and the experiences our friends have had as well. I told them about how CLEO helped erase any doubt in my mind about becoming a lawyer.

We've already begun planning events for next semester, and we're trying to get in contact with some Pre-Law organizations that we had trouble reaching this semester. We're also trying to figure out ways to reach people who aren't directly affiliated with a Pre-Law organization, so we can reach a wider audience.

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    Posted By: jzhou1 @ 12/11/2009 12:51 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

December 7, 2009
  Fall Semester at State

This semester has been pretty busy for me, as I wind down my career as a student at NC state.  Its been a fun experience being a CLEO ambassador.  I've met many new people on campus as I was trying to promote my pre-law club as well as all of the CLEO programs.  I have also been doing the JASD online program given by Prof. Webking.  It has really helped me with my analytical thinking and reasoning.  I would suggest to anyone who has a chance to be a CLEO ambassador to definitely do it! It's a great chance to inform others on all of the possible programs that CLEO has to offer; it also allows you to learn more about the programs yourself.  All in all, I can't wait for the trip in DC in January so I can meet all of my old friends from the Road to Law School program this summer.  Until next time...

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    Posted By: ahauser1 @ 12/07/2009 11:55 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

November 30, 2009
  CLEO Ambassador
Hello CLEO scholars, how are you all doing? I hope you had a great Thanksgiving celebration since you will need that energy to finish up you final examinations. This is my last posting for this year as a CLEO Ambassador since I will be preparing for the finals myself.

During November, I have been promoting CLEO on Boston University campus and the best part is that few people have responded to my flyers on campus. In fact, this month, Boston university alumni  came to attend one of my group's law related events that we hold on a monthly basis. The best part is that we were able to reach out to the alumni who intend to pursue a legal career. That is it for now, I hope to see you all in Washington D.C. on January 8th as we start to prepare for LSATs! HAppy Thanksgiving once again.

Edited: 11/30/2009 at 03:03 PM by CLEO Blog Moderator

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    Posted By: navtimur @ 11/30/2009 02:54 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

October 30, 2009
  CLEO Ambassador

October has been a very challenging month for me and for most of the student with midterms and papers under way. As for promoting CLEO on Boston University campus, I posted throught the campus CLEO advertisements to attract more student. I also introduced CLEO to several new members of my organization that promotes diversity in the legal field at Boston University. For the next month, I do not have much planned out yet, but I will get right on it once I am done with all of my midterms. I hope all of you CLEO members are doing well and hello everyone and especially to my SSI class of 2009.

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    Posted By: navtimur @ 10/30/2009 11:18 AM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

October 28, 2009
  Columbia Cleo Ambassador

I began my on-campus campaigns as a CLEO Ambassador, early in the semester. It's been really interesting and I have already given about six speeches in various occasions before a group of students. At times, I found myself clarifying the concepts of "Diversity"  and or "Disadvantaged Students," to ensure that my listeners understood that the latter terms transcended race, religion, and gender; just to make it clear that CLEO is not a "minority thing."  

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October 1, 2009
  CLEO Ambassador--Timur Navruzov

Hello to all SSI alumni. How are you doing and how is the school going? Hope everything is alright. Well, as for me school is hectic from the very first day, but I am handling it, more or less. This month as a CLEO Ambassador,  I have been advertising CLEO on Boston University campus through Pre-Law Society and Diversity in Law Association. So far, roughly fifty students showed interest in the program. So, hopefully, in the future, more Bostonians will be attending CLEO programs. Well, that is it for now. See you all soon and good luck in your preparation for LSAT and las school in general.

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    Posted By: navtimur @ 10/01/2009 12:31 AM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

September 16, 2009
  Freshman year

College goes by so quickly and already I am a sophomore. I cannot believe it. I can remember being so nervous and excited about leaving home and beginning classes as if it were yesterday. I did not know what to expect as an undecided major freshman. I had not really developed any real skills in studying and I had to learn some immediately after I got my results back from the first exams. I remember doing tremendously better once I went to office hours and sought tutoring. One thing I can say to freshman is to study, study, study and go to office hours and good luck of course. This year I will follow the same paths that lead to my success last year to ensure that I will remain successful.

Alicia S.

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    Posted By: licialafay @ 09/16/2009 03:56 PM     Blog Here     Comments (0)  

July 20, 2009
  CLEO Success
I attended CLEO's  Sophomore Summer Institute this past June at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. It was by far the greatest experience of my life.
I came back to Dallas a whole new person, but I also came back to Dallas only to find out that I lost my job. I did not let it disappointment me. I decided to update my resume and search for a position in the legal field since I obtained an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies.
I applied for many positions and three out of the many called me back. There was one position that I applied for that required me to complete an assignment to make sure I could actually do the work. I remembered during my stay in Houston all of the professors were gracious enough to allow the students to contact them for anything and everything.
I needed help on the assignment so I contacted Professor Ana Otero. She told me she would help me as long as I completed the research. I spent my whole entire 4th of July weekend trying to complete this assignment. Professor Otero took time out of her busy schedule to not only help a fellow CLEO student, but she also gave me a wonderful recommendation. She personally called me to make sure I understood what I was doing and told me to call her anytime.
The CLEO SSI program gave me lots of experience, the advantage of networking with law students, former judges, law professors, and lawyers, and an opportunity to further advance my knowledge in the legal field. The CLEO program also prepared me for law school as well as working in a law firm settting. Because of my experience with CLEO, I did get the job. The attorney was very familiar with CLEO and very impressed that I was apart of such a prestigious program.
I plan to attend other programs for CLEO and I hope I have encouraged other students to be apart of CLEO as well!
Jessica Ezeanya

Edited: 07/21/2009 at 03:16 PM by CLEO Blog Moderator

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