Future Latino Leaders Law Camp

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Future Latino Leaders Law Camp

July 12-20, 2014 in Washington, DC

The 2014 Online Application Process is Now Closed.

Please direct any 2014 application related questions to hnbflawcamp@hnbf.org.

Download a Paper Application

The Future Latino Leaders Law Camp 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 Camp 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 Camp is offered cost-free! However, there is a non-refundable application fee of $50 (fee waivers are granted based on demonstrated need) and the cost of transportation to and from DC may be required. 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. View the map to see what cities our Law Camp students have represented.

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2014.

An application is considered complete when we receive in our office the following:

  1. Completed online (or paper) application including uploaded resume and two essays (view essay topics here)

    Postal Mail the following:

  2. Signed Rules & Regulations Form
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Official high school transcripts
  5. $50 non-refundable application fee, or a completed fee waiver application form

Eligibility

In order to apply and participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school student entering your sophomore, junior, or senior year, or be a recent graduate in the summer of 2014
  • Have an interest in learning about law school and becoming a lawyer
  • Be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or be a legal U.S. visitor with a valid visa and passport
  • Have a demonstrated interest in helping your community and building your leadership skills

What students say about the Law Camp

  • "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 Camp] 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 Camp] 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

Want more information?

Contact our Executive Director, Alba Lucero Villa at avilla@hnbf.org.

Want to help us promote the Future Latino Leaders Law Camp?

You may also download the tri-fold brochure here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  

What Is The Law Camp?

The Future Latino Leaders Law Camp is a week-long program that provides 25 to 30 high-school students with the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession. Students will travel to Washington, DC and stay at a University campus. Together with their Law Camp Counselors, students will visit various government buildings and offices and meet with lawyers, judges, and officials of the United States government. They will also have the opportunity to attend sessions on the legal profession and participate in a Mock Trial Competition, in which different students will play the part of an attorney as part of a legal team.

When And Where Is The Law Camp?

The next Law Camp will be held from Saturday, July 12, to Sunday July 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Student housing during the Law camp will be on the campus of American University.

What Do Law Camp Students Do?

Below is a list of sample activities from the previous Law Camps.

  • Visit the Supreme Court, Department of State, U.S. Capitol, Pentagon, Department of Justice, DEA Museum, White House and other government agencies
  • Tour the monuments and visit the National Archives and view the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence
  • Visit foreign embassies to learn about international law
  • Take courses taught by current law professors, to learn more about what a law school class is like
  • Be part of a Mock Trial legal team
  • Learn from experienced attorneys about how they approach a case and prepare for oral argument and cross examination
  • Attend workshops on college and law school admissions, financial aid, scholarships and internship programs
  • Participate in a Kaplan workshop to learn strategies for improving performance in the SAT.
  • Attend the HNBF Annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony with lawyers from around the country

Who Is Eligible To Apply?

In order to apply and participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school student entering your sophomore, junior, or senior year, or be a recent graduate
  • Have an interest in learning about law school and becoming a lawyer
  • Be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or be a legal U.S. visitor with a valid visa and passport
  • Have a demonstrated interest in helping your community and building your leadership skills
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Is There A Minimum GPA Requirement?

Yes. In order to apply and participate, you must have a GPA of at least 2.5. If your GPA is lower than a 2.5, please do submit your application with an explanation outlining your academic performance. We will consider all applications received.

My Parents Aren't U.S. Citizens. Can I Apply?

Yes. Each participant, however, must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or a legal U.S. visitor with a valid visa and passport.

I Am In Eigth Grade But Will Be In High School This Summer. Can I Apply?

No. The Law Camp is open to high school students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years or recent high school graduates. In our experience, students who are sophomores or above get the most out of the Law Camp experience. Eighth graders, we hope you'll apply in the future!

I Am Really Interested In Learning More About The Law Camp, But I'm Not 100% Sure I Want To Be A Lawyer. Should I Apply?

The Law Camp is especially designed for high school students or recent graduates who have an interest in learning more about the legal profession and meeting influential Latinos. We also understand that deciding on a career is a long, ever-developing process. Past Law Camp participants, however, have typically had an interest in justice, the U.S. legal system, or becoming a lawyer. We look for some level of interest in the above; however, you do not have to be 100% committed to becoming a lawyer in order to attend the Law Camp.

Why Should I Consider Applying?

Has anyone ever told you that you are great at arguing or that you are a good story-teller? Do you like to learn about new things? Have you ever wanted to know more about what lawyers do, besides what you see on TV? If you are curious about becoming a lawyer, the Law Camp might be right for you. The Law Camp is an excellent opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, learn more about the legal profession, and meet influential and successful Latinos.

What Do You Look For In An Applicant? What Makes Someone An Outstanding Applicant?

The HNBF does not use a one-size-fits-all formula in deciding to accept an applicant. We will consider your application as a whole -- including your academic background, essays, personal background, interest in the legal profession, and any leadership experiences you have. We look for your potential as a future Latino leader and demonstrated interest in the content of our program.

Who Should I Ask To Write Me A Letter Of Recommendation?

The best letters of recommendation come from teachers, supervisors, or others who know you well and can attest to the quality of the work that you do. This might mean, for example, a teacher whose class you earned an 'A' in, or it could mean a supervisor from a part-time job. (On the other hand, teachers/supervisors who do not know you well, close friends, and family members are almost always a poor choice for a letter of recommendation).

What Is The Cost?

Due to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, there is no cost to students to participate in the Law Camp. However, applicants must pay a non-refundable $50 application fee, unless a waiver of this fee is requested and granted. Students are also responsible for arranging transportation to Washington, DC. Do not let the cost of transportation to DC deter you from applying! Upon your acceptance to the program, we are committed to working with you and your family to ensure your ability to attend.

Who Can I Contact For More Information?

For more information about the Law Camp, contact our Executive Director, Alba Lucero Villa at avilla@hnbf.org. More information is also available on the HNBF website. 

I'm Ready To Fill Out An Application. How Do I Apply?

The 2014 Future Latino Leaders Law Camp application may be completed online. You must create a user ID and password to complete the application and return to it if incomplete. Why we strongly encourage you to submit your application online, you may choose to complete and submit the paper version. Contact our Executive Director, Alba Lucero Villa at avilla@hnbf.org if you have questions. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2014. An application is considered complete when we receive in our office the following:

  1. Completed online (or paper) application including uploaded resume and two essays

    Postal Mail the following:

  2. Signed Rules & Regulations Form
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Official high school transcripts
  5. $50 non-refundable application fee, or a completed fee waiver application form

When Is The Application Deadline? When Will You Notify Me Of Your Decision?

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Law Camp will be March 15, 2014. If you would like any of your materials returned to you please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your materials. We will notify applicants by late April 2014.

Where Do I Send My Application Materials?

Send your 1) official high school transcripts, 2) signed rules and regulations form, 3) two letters of recommendation, 4) $50 application fee made payable to HNBF and if you choose, the paper application to:

Hispanic National Bar Foundation
Attn: Law Camp
1900 K St. NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20006
E-mail: HNBFLawCamp@hnbf.org