UCLA Law has several new programs to help new graduates gain meaningful legal experience while also assisting employers to address unmet needs.
Public Service Fellowships
The School of Law’s Public Service Fellowship Program seeks to support graduating students who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to public service, enabling them to work with a variety of nonprofit organizations and government agencies, both domestically and abroad.
Professional Opportunity Program Fellowship
Through the Professional Opportunity Program, UCLA Law and Liberty Hill Foundation have partnered to set up a one year fellowship to allow successful candidates the opportunity to work full-time for up to one year with nonprofit organizations, government agencies or judges. Participants are paid monthly stipends.
New Graduate Opportunity Program
The New Graduate Opportunity Program funds part-time, temporary work with nonprofit organizations and government agencies for up to 200 hours at up to 20 hours per week. Participants are paid by UCLA School of Law, therefore negating any employer concerns regarding unpaid interns, have a unique opportunity to further build their resume and to enhance their legal skills while awaiting bar results. Although participating employers are not required to permanently hire these graduates, many host employers have offered our graduates long-term employment at the conclusion of the program.
Apprentice Associate Program
This new program allows boutique and mid-sized law firms that do not normally hire recent graduates the opportunity to participate in a pilot program at UCLA. Participating law firms will hire at least one UCLA Law 2014 graduate to work as an apprentice associate for a one year term. UCLA will provide additional personalized training to participating graduates. The program allows participating firms a creative way of responding to market changes and client demands while allowing more senior associates the ability to develop additional management and business development skills.