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Do you have dreams of being a lawyer? Are you interested in attending law school?  If so, consider applying to LegalTrek. LegalTrek is a summer program designed to provide a hands-on, comprehensive overview of the legal profession to diverse college students. LegalTrek meshes traditional legal learning with opportunities to build legal skills. 

LegalTrek’s mission is to diversify the legal profession by encouraging and supporting college students from historically underrepresented groups to attend law school. We are seeking diverse applicants from racial/ethnic minority groups, as well as socioeconomically disadvantaged students, LGBT students and disabled students. LegalTrek 2017 is collaboration between the Chicago Committee for Minorities in Law Firms (Chicago Committee) and DePaul University College of Law. 

LegalTrek 2017 will take place on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at DePaul University College of Law. LegalTrek will begin Wednesday, June 14, 2017, and will go through Wednesday, August 9, 2017. 




What exactly will I be doing in LegalTrek?

A syllabus will be provided to explain exactly what you will be doing each week and what types of assignments and preparation you must make in advance. Please read the beginning of the syllabus that sets forth the expectations and level of commitment expected from each scholar. (See sample syllabus from a past LegalTrek.)

I recently graduated from college and I would like to participate in LegalTrek. May I apply?

Yes you may. While this program is designed and targeted for undergraduate students, there are limited spaces available for recent grads. Feel free to apply.

If I am selected as a finalist, I will likely not be able to make it to Chicago in March for an interview because I go to school in another state. Can I still participate?

Yes. We will be scheduling live interviews in Chicago as well as phone interviews for those students who will be out-of-state or outside the Chicago area in March. Not all students will be asked to interview, only those students who advance through the initial application stage.

When will I know if I am accepted to LegalTrek?

We would like to notify everyone of their admission acceptance by April 21, 2017.

How much does it cost to participate in LegalTrek?

There is no cost to participate in the LegalTrek program, but individuals are responsible for their own living and travel expenses.

Does the program offer housing options?

No, unfortunately we are unable to provide housing assistance at this time. Individuals are responsible for arranging their own housing.

Will I have access to a legal internship if I participate in LegalTrek?

No, an internship is not part of the program at this time. All LegalTrek scholars regardless of year in school will be assigned a law-firm mentor and you will meet with your mentor throughout the summer. You may be able to build relationships for future internship opportunities through this mentor, or your LegalTrek network.

How should I submit my official transcript?

You or your school may mail a hard copy of your official transcript to:
Sheila Maloney, LegalTrek Program Director
DePaul University College of Law
25 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

Your school may also send an electronic copy to or you may email a scanned copy of your official transcript.