Walmart Inc. and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO), in recognition of CLEO’s historic 50th Anniversary celebration, have announced the launch of a new scholarship program intended to increase the accessibility of legal education to minority, low-income, and under-represented groups. The program is representative of Walmart’s push to increase diversity and inclusion across sectors and the value the company places on education.
The program is made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Legal Department to CLEO, a national nonprofit organization seeking to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. The grant will help enable students to attend CLEO’s Pre-Law Summer Institute in 2019 and assist in providing ongoing support as they enter law school.
Karen Roberts, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Walmart said: “We are passionate about education and supporting students who are seeking advanced legal degrees. Through our work with CLEO, we are helping ensure that law students have the funds and resources needed to build long-lasting careers.”
“The need for access to an affordable legal education is a national imperative,” said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, CLEO, Inc. Chief Executive Officer. “This commitment from Walmart, a key, longtime CLEO partner will make a tremendous difference as we continue to strive toward equality and inclusion in the legal profession and mentor and prepare the diverse jurists, lawyers, and business men and women who will be the leaders of tomorrow!”