Future in Learning Law program for high school students



The Future in Learning Law (FILL) Program is a skill and personal development program designed to inspire, motivate and equip high school students to REACH their academic and career goals. Over the course of the FILL program, students engage in a wide-range of activities designed to help them develop in the following areas: Research, Evaluation, Analysis, Communication and Honesty (ethics)

In addition to developing students’ skills, the FILL program also seeks to build students’ confidence.  One of the major components of the FILL Program is the closing mock trial which provides students an opportunity to showcase the skills they have developed during the program. In the days leading up to the mock trial, students have the opportunity to visit the state and federal courts, participate on a mock trial team, analyze the facts of a case, develop their case strategy, draft and practice their opening and closing statements, and talk to law school students and attorneys about their career path.

Since its inception in 1980, the FILL Program has been achieving its goal of fueling the diversity pipeline. Hundreds of students have completed the FILL program, graduated from high school, attended college and pursued further education in law and other fields. Through FILL, students have the opportunity to meet a wide range of legal professionals. By being exposed to law school students, faculty, attorneys and judges from diverse backgrounds, FILL students are motivated and inspired to REACH their full potential.

Previous Participants’ Comments:

  • It was life-changing!
  • I had fun, it was a great experience. I learned a lot about law that I didn’t know before. I want to come back next year.
  • The program was very encouraging and inspiring. I learned a lot about law and life and I’m really excited for the future!
  • It helped with many friendships and helped me realize what I want to do later on.

The Application Process

The FILL Program is open to high school  students and recent graduates who:

  • have completed ninth grade
  •  commit to attending all sessions
  • submit a two or three paragraph statement explaining why they want to participate
  •  have permission from a parent or guardian to participate
  • complete and submit the attached form

Application deadline: May 24, 2013

Summer 2013 Program

  • June 10–21, 2013
  • Monday–Friday
  • 9 am–1 pm
  • participants take at least one field trip to a Minnesota court
  • Cost: $25 (may be waived for students whose parents request a low-income status)
  • bus passes available
  • daily snack provided

Fill 2012 Video

Jennifer Lee, 2012 FILL Co-Director

Check out the video below to learn more about Jennifer Lee, this year’s FILL Student Co-Director.  Jennifer, a student at William Mitchell College of Law, participated in the FILL Program in 2005 while a student at Como Park Senior High School. In addition to successfully completing her first year in law school, Jennifer currently serves as a Commissioner for the St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Economic Opportunity.  She believes that her personal experiences and her summer in the FILL Program helped fuel her passion for the law.

FILL Summer 2011