Changing the face of the legal profession

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.

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A Critical Appeal for Summer LSAT Prep

We recognize that this is a challenging time for many in our communities in terms of our mental and physical health, finances, and so many aspects of our lives that have been upended in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Nevertheless, LSATs will still be administered in the coming months, law school admissions officers will still review applications next fall, and the applicants who prepared ahead will still see favorable outcomes.
While we have adapted our workshops and mentoring to virtual models in order to continue the work while sheltering in place, we have also adapted our LSAT preparation work to an online course that Fellows will take over the course of ten weeks at home. LEAP Fellows are slated to start LSAT courses in June in order to take the test on August 29th. These Fellows are working hard to become the best applicants they can be, and you can help them get there. If you are in the position to support this timely need, we hope you will consider making a donation to help us purchase online LSAT prep courses that will set our Fellows up for success. This time-sensitive need will make an extraordinary difference as we head into application season this fall.
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LEAP FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: ANDAIYE

Andaiye is a fellow in the LEAP program and started working with magnificent mentor Eden in February when our current fellowship program began. We’re pleased to profile these two impressive women.
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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.

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Fellows

We look forward to working with prospective law school students in our second fellowship cohort starting in January 2021. Visit the application page for information on eligibility and the timeline to apply for the next cohort.

Mentors & Volunteers

Mentors and volunteer instructors make LEAP possible by lending their valuable experience and expertise to the program. Read more about how you can get involved as a mentor or volunteer.

Supporters & Allies

Supporters, allies, and connectors are critically important to the success of this work. Learn more about different ways to support LEAP here.

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.

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Lack of diversity in California

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The Difference of LEAP

Providing the tools to reach your dream of becoming an attorney

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LEAP is sponsored by the fiscal agent, Social Good Fund, EIN number 46-1323531.