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LEIF Program

The LAFLA Equity & Inclusion Fellowship (LEIF) Program is designed to engage and empower law students who are historically underrepresented in the legal profession in their pursuit of public interest legal careers.

 

About the LEIF Program

LAFLA awards fellowships to a select number of eligible summer law clerks through the LEIF Program, launched in 2021. LAFLA recognizes the existence of racial inequity in the educational system and the lack of diversity in the legal community. LAFLA also acknowledges the importance of a legal community that represents our client community. 

  • Student must receive and accept a formal offer to join the LAFLA Summer Law Clerk Program;
  • Identify as a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the practice of law (e.g., ethnically diverse persons, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons);
  • Demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and inclusivity;
  • Be willing to join and remain a member of the LEIF Program community during and after the summer law clerk program, to connect with future fellows and support the continued growth of the LEIF Program.
  • At this time, LEIF fellowships may be awarded to a student only once. Former LEIF fellows may return to the Summer Law Clerk Program, but may not be awarded the LEIF fellowship.

The first step to applying for LEIF is to apply for the LAFLA Summer Law Clerk Program. You can apply online here or through a law student hiring event. For details about the Summer 2023 Law Clerk Program, please visit our Law Students page.

Once you accept an offer to join the Summer Law Clerk Program, you can apply for LEIF by completing the LEIF Application Form and sending your personal statement to fellowships@lafla.org.

The LEIF Application period begins on February 13, 2023 and ends on April 16, 2023.

When selecting fellows, LAFLA will consider:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusivity
  • Financial need
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Community service
  • Personal and academic achievements

Fellows will be selected through the application review process described below to advance to the interview stage.  

The LEIF Review Committee is comprised of members of LAFLA’s Law Student Recruitment Committee and Race Equity Initiative. Each application will be carefully considered by several members of the LEIF Review Committee.

Interviews will then be conducted with LAFLA’s Pro Bono Manager.

Those selected to interview will be invited in late April, and those who are chosen for the LEIF 2023 Program will be notified early May.

In addition to participating in all Summer Law Clerk Program events, LEIF fellows also participate in weekly LEIF meetings and engage in a final summer project.  

LEIF fellows will receive up to a total of $10,000 in reimbursements for payments made for school tuition or school loans over the span of two years. 

Yes. We understand that your circumstances may change following submission. Please update us as soon as possible by emailing us at fellowships@lafla.org.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about LAFLA! Please see our mission statement and check out our 90+ year history. We also encourage students to get familiar with our services and workgroups by going to our ‘Get Help’ page.

2022 LEIF Fellows

Itzayary Aguilar
Loyola Law School ’24
Economic Stability Workgroup

Bryon Alvarez

Bryon Alvarez
Southwestern Law School ’24
Supporting Families Workgroup

Shuping Deng

Shuping Deng
Loyola Law School ’24
API Community Outreach Project

Diamond Humphrey

Diamond Humphrey
North Carolina Central University School of Law ’23
Restoring Communities Workgroup

Kassidee Lowe

Kassidee Lowe
UC Hastings College of the Law ’24
Racial Justice & Equity

Francia Orduno

Francia Orduno
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law ’24
Eviction Defense Center

Edgar Preciado

Edgar Preciado
University of Southern California, Gould School of Law ’24
Racial Justice & Equity

Astrid Saenz Huynh

Astrid Saenz Huynh
Loyola Law School ’24
Medical-Legal Partnerships

Shawntel Williams

Shawntel Williams
University of Michigan Law School ’23
Medical-Legal Partnerships

Jason Wong

Jason Wong
UC Davis School of Law ’23
Supporting Families Workgroup

2021 LEIF Fellows

Irene Blocksom

Irene Blocksom
Chapman Law School ’22
API Community Outreach Project

Abigail Cruz

Abigail Cruz
UC Hastings College of the Law ’23
Medical-Legal Partnerships

Angel Dukes

Angel Dukes
Southern University Law Center ’23
Medical-Legal Partnerships

Myla Garcia

Myla Garcia
Penn State Dickinson Law ’22
Supporting Families Workgroup

Derrick Moon

Derrick Moon
UC Hastings College of the Law ’23
Economic Stability Workgroup

Keila Perez

Keila Pérez
University of Oregon School of Law ’23
Eviction Defense Center

Miriam Guadalupe Reyes

Miriam Reyes
Thurgood Marshall School of Law ’22
Supporting Families Workgroup

Markisha Roches

Markisha Roches
Southwestern Law School ’22
Restoring Communities Workgroup

Ryan Washington

Ryan Washington
Fordham University School of Law ’23
Restoring Communities Workgroup

Najah Williams

Najah Williams
Southern University Law Center ’22
Restoring Communities Workgroup

Other Fellowships

LAFLA invites law students and recent law school graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career to partner in fellowship applications. LAFLA has hosted fellows from various programs, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and school-based fellowships.

Careers

Start your legal career at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, one of the largest public interest law firms, providing services to more than 100,000 people living in poverty each year.

The leadership of LAFLA is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice, and excellent representation.