Participate in New Graduate Initiatives

UCLA Law has several new programs to help new graduates gain meaningful legal experience while also assisting employers to address unmet needs.

Public Service Fellowship Program

The UCLA 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. Please contact Katherine Eklund for more information.

New Graduate Opportunity Program

The New Graduate Opportunity Program funds part-time, temporary work with nonprofit organizations and government agencies for up to 20 hours per week for 10 weeks, for a total of 200 hours of funding. Participants are paid by UCLA School of Law, which provides participating legal employers with well-qualified post-Bar volunteers, while the recent graduates 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. Please contact Lisa Barash for more information.

Apprentice Associate Program

This new pilot program reaches out to boutique and mid-sized law firms that do not normally hire recent graduates. Participating firms will hire at least one UCLA Law 2016 or 2017 graduate to work as an apprentice associate for a one-year term. UCLA Law 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 skills. Contact Elizabeth Moeller, Assistant Dean of Career Services, for more information.