LOS ANGELES, CA, December 4, 2015 – The UCLA Law Fellows Program, which prepares high-potential undergraduate students and college graduates from diverse backgrounds for careers in law, has been awarded a $125,000 two-year grant from Access Group to provide additional financial and academic support to participants of the program, and to increase the program’s impact and reach.
“We are very excited to receive this generous grant from Access Group,” stated Leo Trujillo-Cox, founding executive director of UCLA School of Law’s Academic Outreach Resource Center. “This additional support will enable us to provide UCLA Law Fellows with greater opportunities for their success.”
Now in its 19th year, the UCLA Law Fellows Program is nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education. Launched in 1997 by the UCLA School of Law Academic Outreach Resource Center, the program includes a series of Saturday Academies in which fellows are exposed to cases and a variety of materials used in law school. Additionally, informative seminars and panel discussions, designed to demystify the law school experience, are led by staff, alumni and other members of the legal community. Fellows are provided with programming, counseling, career guidance, one-on-one mentoring and a test preparation scholarship.
Close to 1600 students have participated in the initial phase of the program, and to date, nearly 600 fellows have either completed law school or are currently enrolled at law schools across the country. The program has received the highest honor bestowed to education pipeline programs from the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association.
“The Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis is pleased to award the Regents of the University of California a $125,000 Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant to support the UCLA Law Fellows Program. Access Group is committed to addressing gaps in the educational pipeline and to funding unique programs like the one at UCLA that share this commitment,” says Christopher P. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of Access Group.
Access Group’s Center for Research & Policy Analysis, through its Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program, annually awards grants to programs that conduct effective interventions and approaches to enhance access to legal education for students from diverse backgrounds, specifically historically underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
About Access Group
Founded in 1983, Access Group is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of nearly 200 nonprofit and State-affiliated ABA-approved law schools. Through research, policy advocacy, and direct member and student educational services, Access Group works to further access, affordability and the value of legal education, specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly.
About UCLA School of Law
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