Program students arrive at the School with diverse histories and distinctive goals. Some come with a special interest in welfare, immigration, human rights, or the environment, and previously have engaged in work on these issues. Some have spent significant time before or after college working as community organizers, representing low-wage workers, or serving as legislative assistants in state legislatures or in Congress. Others have worked in business, and have become concerned about the social and economic challenges facing the communities of which they are a part. And still others have done graduate work in biology, finance or anthropology, and then worked for a policy group or in a conservative or liberal think tank. While Program students vary in age, experience, political viewpoint, and educational and social background, what they typically share in common is post-undergraduate work experience in the public interest, academic success, and a profound commitment to achieving lasting change that transforms people’s lives.
Once here at UCLA School of Law, Program students continue to achieve academically while fully engaging in the life of the School. Program students are founders and leaders of student organizations and pro bono initiatives such as El Centro Legal, the student organization of volunteer legal clinics that involve more than two-thirds of each first-year class, serve as editors-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review and other journals, and join key committees that help to govern the School. Program students are also actively engaged in the larger Los Angeles community, volunteering with nonprofit organizations and government agencies during the academic year, as well as pursuing summer public interest work with organizations and agencies across the country and abroad.