The California State Bar Foundation has offered new funding to the UCLA Law Fellows Program, which helps students from underrepresented communities become more competitive law school applicants. The new award will help UCLA School of Law provide outreach and law school training to high-potential undergraduate students in the rural Central Valley.
This marks the fifth year that the foundation has provided backing for the UCLA Law Fellows Program-Central Valley. The $20,000 award is the largest that the California State Bar Foundation offers.
The Central Valley program launched in 2013 and has provided key resources and training to nearly 100 students from that region. Last year, 22 fellows were selected through a rigorous application process and participated in the program’s Saturday academies at UC Merced. The sessions offer law school‐level instruction and feature a mock class taught by law faculty members; panel discussions with practicing attorneys; workshops on law school admissions, personal statements, financial aid, and networking skills; and an LSAT overview.
UCLA Law's Academic Outreach Resource Center runs the program under the leadership of Founding Executive Director Leo Trujillo-Cox.
“The Law Fellows Program is working to broaden and strengthen the delivery of legal services in the Central Valley,” said Trujillo-Cox. “It thrives on the ongoing support of organizations that recognize the value in tapping the potential of diverse and academically outstanding populations in order to reach this goal, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with the California State Bar Foundation.”
Started in 1997, the UCLA Law Fellows Program is renowned as one of the nation’s most innovative pipeline-building initiatives in the law school arena. Since its inception, the program has included more than 1,600 participants, and nearly 600 fellows have either completed law school or are currently students at legal institutions nationwide. Alumni of the Law Fellows Program have gone on to work for many of the country’s most prestigious law firms and organizations.