LEAP

Legal Education Access Pipeline (LEAP)

Contact

Cindy Lopez

Active Location

No Restriction

Causes
College, Post-College
Type of Programs
Mentorship

LEAP supports students who are historically underrepresented in the field: people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, first-generation college students, and people who are socioeconomically-disadvantaged.

Template or Direct Join
Direct Join

Small Team Friendly

Team Size

LEAP is flexible on the volunteer team size but given the existing size of the fellowship classes and the number of sponsors, each company should plan for no more than 10 volunteers

Time Commitment

- 0.5 hr every 2 weeks per mentee
- 1.5 hrs every month for 9 months for Saturday workshop

Budget

- sponsorship amounts should be discussed with clopez@lawfellows.org
- $0 (cost to participate in LEAP events)

"The LEAP program was well structured and enabled me to maximize my impact" John Doe, LEAP Mentor 2022

LEAP is currently a California based program. It primarily provides law school application support, including LSAT classes, for its fellows. LEAP pairs its fellows with former LEAP fellows and mentors from corporate legal departments and/or law firms. LEAP has one cohort of fellows in southern California and one cohort of fellows in Northern California.


Corporate legal departments and law firms can provide monetary sponsorship and volunteers to mentor LEAP fellows. Potential volunteers should reach out to Cindy Lopez at clopez@lawfellows.org.


Volunteers with LEAP have the following responsibilities:


  • Participate in regular mentoring sessions with their assigned LEAP fellow

  • Provide guidance through the law school application process, including reviewing personal statements/resumes and creating school lists

  • Attend a monthly workshop by Zoom or in-person

  • Sessions are generally held on Saturdays, but you can staff two attorneys per a single LEAP fellow to reduce the burden of the Saturday workshops

  • There is one workshop a month and they are held in-person rotating between LA and the Bay Area

  • The workshops begin in January and end in June

  • If you are local, LEAP prefers that mentors attend in-person

  • Although the workshop for the LEAP fellows lasts most of the day, mentors only need to attend a 1-1.5 hour session each workshop, which covers law school application basics