We envision a world in which the legal landscape reflects the diversity of our communities. A more diverse legal community is a more just community.
A special message from our honoree Scott Budnick
LEAP FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: RUBEN
We’re proud of the perseverance and hard work that each of the 2020 LEAP Fellows put in on their way to law school. This kind of determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is especially resonant in Ruben’s story. Read more below about his remarkable journey from wrongfully convicted prisoner to studying to become a lawyer.
What is LEAP?
We provide comprehensive law school admissions assistance through a nine-month fellowship. The LEAP fellowship gives students access and exposure to practicing attorneys, and offers a meticulously designed curriculum to help them become competitive law school applicants, successful law students, and future changemakers.
Why get involved with LEAP?
The legal sector wields power to promote a justice system that works for all citizens, and to lift up those who are living on the margins of society. The profession also supplies positions of leadership and authority, like lawmakers and executives. LEAP builds equity and access by working with students who are underrepresented in the legal field. We help LEAP Fellows to prepare for law school and a successful career as lawyers and change agents in their communities through a transformative nine month fellowship. Be part of the change and join our efforts.
We look forward to working with prospective law school students in our first fellowship cohort starting in January 2021. Visit the application page for information on eligibility and the timeline to apply for the next cohort.
Legal Education Access Pipeline
This work matters.
Pipeline programs play an important role in building equity in our legal system and our society. They make sure that there’s better representation of our communities among lawmakers, among legal professionals, and in positions of leadership. When there’s better representation in the legal profession, marginalized groups also have a better shot at being represented equitably in court or being considered when legislation is drafted. Representation matters.
There is an enormous opportunity to improve representation in the California legal system where LEAP is based. For instance, Latinx attorneys make up only 6% of law professionals while accounting for 35% of the state population.
“The fellowship has been amazing so far! I have learned so much not only about how to apply to law school, but actual legal practices such as case trials and discovery. And countless stories from expert lawyers, clerks, and judges. Truly, I would have never been exposed to these great opportunities without LEAP. Thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of an amazing organization 🙂”Victoria
“The workshops have been going amazing, and thank you so much for everything! The LEAP workshops have been a breath of fresh air with everything going on lately. Creating a home and a family for us to feel safe, strong, and together. We are all going to do such great things in this world.”Ruben
“How am I feeling about the law school application process halfway through our fellowship? So, so, so, so prepared.”Vanessa
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