Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO)

CLEO, Inc. is a small, yet venerable, 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to inspire, motivate, and prepare students from underrepresented communities to succeed in law school and beyond. Founded in 1968, when the number of lawyers of color was less than one percent, to date, more than 28,000 individuals have attended a CLEO program and/or used a service, with many going on to excel in every area of the legal profession to include judges, corporate attorneys, law school deans and professors, practitioners, politicians, and more. The organization’s mantra is “Training Tomorrow’s Lawyers, Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders.” In fulfillment of this mantra, we offer a variety of programs and services for pre-law and law students nationwide. Additional information about CLEO and its programs/services can be found at 

We think that sponsoring a Princeton student for a virtual internship will be a mutually-beneficial experience because of our mission, the work we do, and the services we provide. Helping to bring greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to both the justice system and the legal profession is a critically-important endeavor and we are very proud of the fact that, as an organization, CLEO has been one of the leaders in this area for more than half a century.


Alexandria, VA

Internship Description

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) seeks an aspiring college student to serve as a Strategic Industry Research Intern (SIRI) for summer 2022. At the direction and guidance of organizational leadership, the SIRI will conduct online research and analysis to identify meaningful trends in legal education for the express purpose of recommending implementable, scalable strategies that CLEO can employ to increase its programmatic reach and market share. 

More specifically, the SIRI will undertake comprehensive online research to: 

  1. Identify reasons why there has been a steady decline in the enrollment of minority males, particularly black males, in ABA-accredited law schools; 
  2. Assess the offerings of other legal diversity pipeline entities to compare what they provide versus CLEO’s existing programs and services; and, lastly, 
  3. Make recommendations in the form of an “end-of-period” written report to CLEO leadership on modifying and/or adding to its current program slate to reach a wider swath of its targeted demographic. 
# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
8 Flexible 9:00am 5:30pm No No Virtual/Remote

Housing Information

Because we have a 100% remote-work office, we are wanting this to be an exclusively-virtual internship. Thus, the issue of housing shouldn't factor into the equation.

Internship Qualifications

  • In current pursuit of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite of applications 
  • Excellent research and writing skills 
  • Strong analytical and data synthesis capabilities 
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize competing demands 
  • Effective team player able to work alongside a small team within a virtual environment 
  • Detailed-oriented and pays strict attention to deadlines for all deliverables 
  • High level of responsibility, accountability, and confidentiality 
  • Commitment to core mission, vision, and values of CLEO, Inc. 
  • Willingness to take on select additional duties as workflow cycle demands 

Additional qualifications:

  • Demonstrated affinity for the issue of racial equity and social justice 
  • Genuine interest in law and/or the legal profession 
  • High comfort-level working with and around diverse individuals and groups 

Writing Sample Required

  • Any submitted research papers, articles and/or essays will suffice.

Special Requirements

  • Additional work could be requested depending on the project(s) we are working on at the time the internship commences.