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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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.

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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 first 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.

Impact

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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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.