The Future Latino Leaders Law Institute is a nine-day program run by the HNBF in Washington, DC and provides selected Latino high school students with the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession. Established by the HNBF in 2005, the Law Institute offers students the chance to come to DC and learn more about the college application process, meet influential Latino leaders, and tour national monuments and various government agencies.
The Law Institute is offered cost-free! However, there is a non-refundable application fee of $50 (application fee waivers are granted based on financial need and please find the financial need application here) and students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from DC (travel scholarships are also available based on financial need and can be found here). The HNBF is committed to working with accepted applicants and their families to ensure their ability to attend. Please do not allow the cost of transportation deter you from applying.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Latino high school students who are interested in law to travel to Washington and connect with their peers from across the country as well as meet other successful Latinos.
In order to apply and participate, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a high school student in good standing currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior; and
- Have an interest in learning about law school, learning more about being a leaders, and entering the legal profession (the student will provide details on this in their essay responses); and
- Be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or have other valid immigration authorization, and MUST have government-issued identification (state issued identification card, driver’s license and/or United States passport); and
- Have a demonstrated interest in helping your community and building your leadership skills.
What students say about the Law Institute
“You won’t regret it. You’ll discover so much about yourself and the options available to you. The friends you make in law camp will last forever and the opportunities to network with the people we meet is unforgettable”
H. Phillips, Class of 2018
“After this experience, I am now connected to a network of Latino leaders – both in high school and in the legal professional world. (…) the camp has strengthened my decision to pursue a career in the legal field by showing me more possibilities and pathways than I knew of before.”
G. Zwi, Class of 2018
“Yes. Despite already being certain about my decision to become a lawyer, I learned how lawyers actually function on a day to day basis in any given field.”
P. Hanono, Class of 2018, in response to the question Has the camp influenced your decision to pursue a career in the legal field?
“The best part about the Law Camp was the people. The students, the presenters, and the staff made the camp one of the most amazing weeks of my life. Hearing the success stories of people from similar backgrounds as me has inspired me, and showed me that the legal field is an amazing place for Hispanic people.”
L. Alvarez, 17
“[The Law Institute] changed my mind completely about entering college. At first, I wasn’t sure about going to college but now I am and I will go to college.”
J. Lopez, 16
“I am really interested in pursuing criminal law and political science after hearing the success stories of so many Latinos who overcame impossible odds.”
J. Guillen, 16
“[The Law Institute] has helped me develop many skills that will be useful. The Camp has definitely convinced me that I want to become a lawyer.”
A. Rosario, 16