Stories

Student One Step Closer to Goal of Becoming a Lawyer

Kerry has yet to graduate from high school, but he’s already completed an internship in a law office, which puts him one step closer to his goal of becoming a lawyer. The Firestone High School senior is one of 60 local high school students who participate in the United Way-supported Law and Leadership Institute summer academic program.
 
“Two years ago I interned at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs,” recalls Kerry. “I got to meet all the people, talk to the paralegals, and even debate with attorneys on Obama’s health care act.”
 
The Law and Leadership Institute brings together partners including United Way, The University of Akron School of Law and the legal community to prepare students from underserved communities for college and professional success through a four-year academic program in law. The goal of the program is to increase diversity in law school and in the legal profession.
 
Through a summer camp program at The University of Akron campus, the students take classes led by law students, hear guest speakers, go on field trips and work as legal interns. Students continue in the program throughout the academic year, meeting on several Saturdays throughout the fall and spring semesters to build upon the skills gained during the summer.
 
Most of the participating students, like Kerry, are from Akron Public Schools, Barberton High School or Coventry High School and most will be the first members of their families to attend college. United Way is committed to creating opportunities for young people like Kerry to get the most out of their journeys from cradle to career. Kerry’s story is a testament to the kind of positive change we can achieve when various segments of our community come together to create lasting change.