UCLA School of Law students have access to many sources of financial support through the School and the larger university. Financial assistance is available for incoming students, students working in unpaid (or partially paid) public interest positions during the summer, graduating students, and graduates engaged in public interest work.
Financial Assistance for Incoming Students
The School of Law’s Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Admissions administer financial assistance programs for incoming law students.
Summer Public Interest Funding
The School of Law’s Summer Public Service Fellowship Program provides stipends to School of Law students who secure unpaid (or partially paid) public interest positions during the summer. The Fellowship Program seeks to support students engaged in substantive, law-related public interest summer employment under the supervision of a legal professional in a nonprofit or government setting domestically or abroad. The Fellowship Program is administered by the Office of Public Interest Programs.
There also exists an array of external fellowships and grants to support students working in a public interest capacity during the summer. The Office of Public Interest Programs maintains information on these funding opportunities and works very closely with students who wish to apply to any one or more of these funding opportunities.
Funding for Graduating Students – UCLA School of Law and External Funding Opportunities
School of Law Fellowships
The School of Law recently launched an exciting Public Service Fellowship Program to assist graduates in using their law degrees to promote the public good. The year-long Fellowships seek to support graduating students who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to public service, enabling these graduates to work with a variety of nonprofit organizations and government agencies, both domestically and abroad.
The inaugural Class of 2012 Public Service Fellows – and their respective fellowship placements – includes:
- Clare Appleby, Children’s Law Center of California, Los Angeles, California
- Donté Blue, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area, San Francisco, California
- Linda Gallegos, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, San Bernardino, California
- Manal Hanna, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, San Bernardino, California
- Farnoosh Hashemian, Constitutional Court of South Africa
- Xiao Zhang, Natural Resources Defense Council, Santa Monica, California
Our Class of 2013 Public Service Fellows – and their respective fellowship placements – includes:
- Meredith Gallen, Prison Law Office, Berkeley, California
- Paul Jung, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (formerly Asian Pacific American Legal Center), Los Angeles, California
- Robert Newman, Los Angeles Unified School District’s Office of the General Counsel, Los Angeles, California
- Ann Surapruik, Monterey County Public Defender’s Office, Salinas, California
- Esmeralda Meza, Immigration Center for Women and Children, Los Angeles, California
- Alexandra Pauley, Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender
- Tanya Sukhija, Equality Now, New York, New York
- Chris McConkey, Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project (LA HLPP), Los Angeles, California
School of Law New Graduate Opportunity Program
New Graduate Opportunity Program funds part-time work with nonprofit organization and government agencies and offices on a temporary basis for graduating students. Participating graduates have a unique opportunity to further build their resume, develop new legal skills or sharpen existing legal skills while awaiting their bar results. The New Graduate Opportunity Program is administered by the School’s Office of Career Services
There is a range of funding opportunities through postgraduate fellowships and government honors programs to support graduating law students, judicial clerks and public interest entrepreneurs seeking entry-level public interest opportunities. UCLA School of Law students have been very successful in securing these exceptionally competitive opportunities.
The School of Law’s Office of Public Interest Programs works very closely with students seeking to secure a postgraduate fellowship or honors program position.
Funding for Alumni in Public Interest
The School of Law maintains a competitive Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for graduates working in the public interest. Under the School’s LRAP, graduates can apply to have a portion – and in some cases – all of the debt service on loans they incurred while at the School of Law subject to a forgivable loan from the School.
The School’s LRAP is now coordinated with the federal government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLFP) and the Direct Loan Program’s Income-Based Repayment (IBR) option, enabling the School to extend LRAP benefits to more graduates than ever before.
The School’s LRAP is administered by the Office of Financial Aid.