Law Fellows Program

UCLA School of Law Academic Outreach Resource Center

The Academic Outreach Resource Center is committed to ensuring equity, access and excellence in legal education. To that end, the Academic Outreach Resource Center is dedicated to aggressively and imaginatively engaging in a wide variety of outreach initiatives designed to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply and attend law school at UCLA.

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Law Fellows Program

To further this goal, the UCLA School of Law Academic Outreach Resource Center launched the Law Fellows Program in 1997. This program is designed to encourage and prepare high-potential undergraduate and graduate students for a career in law, increase the diversity of the law school pool, and demystify the law school experience.

The program format is made up of several components, and includes a series of Saturday Academies held at the Law School. These Academies offer professional-level instruction by law faculty in which Law Fellows are exposed to cases and a variety of other materials used in law school. In addition to the academic enrichment component, each Fellow is assigned a law student mentor with whom they will interact throughout the year. Informative seminars and panel discussions, designed to demystify the law school experience, are led by staff, alumni and other members of the legal community. Each Fellow who successfully completes the program receives a scholarship for an LSAT preparation course. Finally, participants complete a J.D. Action Plan and meet with the directors of the program regularly, often over the course of several years, until they matriculate to law school and beyond receiving continuous academic support, mentoring, counseling and career guidance.

For additional information, please contact the Academic Outreach Resource Center:

Leo Trujillo-Cox

Leo Trujillo-Cox
Executive Director of Academic Outreach & Development
Associate Director of Admissions & Recruitment
Instructor, Law Fellows Program 
B.A. Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, 1991
B.A. Political Science, UC Berkeley, 1991
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 1997

Faculty Profile


Monica Mar new

Monica M. Mar
Assistant Director of Academic Outreach & Development
B.A. History (Cum Laude), UCLA, 2004
J.D. Specialization in Critical Race Studies, UCLA, 2008

Monica Mar is Assistant Director of Academic Outreach & Development. She is an alumna of UCLA, UCLA School of Law and the Law Fellows Program. Shortly after graduating from UCLA School of Law, the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association (IELLA) Board of Directors selected Ms. Mar to serve as the organization’s Executive Director. She managed all aspects of the nonprofit legal aid organization while continuing to fuse her passion for education by innovating the organization’s internship, mentoring and training programs. While leading IELLA, Ms. Mar developed new programs to meet unaddressed client needs including establishing the groundbreaking Inland Empire Expungement Project and partnering with the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce to provide full representation to the Taskforce’s foreign national victims.

Prior to joining UCLA, Ms. Mar worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at OneJustice. In this capacity, she served as the Director of the OneJustice Executive Fellowship and as a consultant to numerous Boards of Directors on nonprofit management, capacity building and fundraising. She also oversaw the expansion of the Los Angeles office and statewide delivery of legal services to isolated populations including veterans, domestic violence survivors, and seniors via the Justice Bus Project and IMPACT LA Legal Clinic.

Ms. Mar worked and volunteered at nonprofit legal organizations across Southern California including Community Lawyers, Inc., A New Way of Life Reentry Project, Public Counsel and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. She is a veteran who served in the Army National Guard from 2001-2006. Currently, Ms. Mar is a Legal Advisory Board Member for Jenesse Center Inc., a domestic violence intervention program.