July 30, 2012 – UCLA School of Law’s Law Fellows Program has received the 2012 Education Pipeline Award from the State Bar of California. The award recognizes exceptional efforts of law-related educational programs that prepare and encourage students to become interested in the judicial system and careers in the law.
The Law Fellows program was nominated for this honor by UCLA Law alumni Anthony Solana ’04 and Norma Nava ’05. An awards reception will be held on October 13, 2012 in Monterey, California.
The Law Fellows Program is nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education. Leo Trujillo-Cox, executive director of academic outreach and development and associate director of admissions and recruitment, is instructor of the program, which is now in its 15th year. It engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the profession.
Close to 1,200 students from dozens of undergraduate institutions have participated in the program. To date, nearly 450 fellows have either completed law school or are currently enrolled, with almost 300 fellows attending California law schools. Law Fellows have also received positions with many prestigious law firms and organizations.