UCHastings Instagram

Congratulations. You've earned it! #LawSchool #SwearingIn #UCHastings
Instagram Photo Likes jfranco295, hellojrabbit, aoverhouse and 48 others like this.
Monday, August 13, 2012

Lawyers for America Launched at UC Hastings

SAN FRANCISCO, August 13, 2012 – UC Hastings College of the Law introduces Lawyers for America, a pilot program based on the medical model to provide greater access to justice while responding to the challenging legal marketplace for graduating law students.

Based on the Medical Model

While most law students start their third year of law school sitting in the classroom, Lawyers for America students will have the opportunity to spend the year working full-time at a government agency or non-profit organization–and then return for a year, after a break to take the bar, in a paid fellowship position at the same job site.

Access to Justice

“It’s no secret that society suffers from a justice gap: that is, a large unmet need for the assistance of lawyers” explains Lawyers for America’s executive director, UC Hastings Professor Marsha Cohen. “Our Fellows will provide human capital to partner sites facing high volumes of work and shortages of manpower.”

The program is also scalable. “Our first pilot class of fellows will serve in the San Francisco Bay Area, in partnership with UC Hastings,” says Cohen, “but the program is available to law schools and their government and nonprofit partners throughout the country.” 

“Lawyers for America comes as part of UC Hastings’ plan to reboot legal education,” says Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu. “Not only will this program improve law students’ practical skills, it will serve to expand the availability of legal services for those who cannot afford lawyers, and in turn increases the ability of government and legal offices to render such services.”

Details

Lawyers for America, Inc. (LfA) is a California charitable corporation that has applied for IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. LfA was founded by UC Hastings College of the Law Professors David Faigman and Marsha Cohen. For more information, please visit Lawyers for America.

Media Contact:

Alex A.G. Shapiro, (415) 581-4882, shapiroa@uchastings.edu

Go to News Archive

Share this Story

Share via Facebook
Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

Other Recent Stories/ RSS

Friday, December 19, 2014

Prof. Richard Zitrin Receives Merit Award from SF Bar Association

Recognized for generosity in providing endowment for the Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship program.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Finding Trolls Where They Hide

Professor Robin Feldman proposes new approach to regulation of patent ownership information
Friday, December 05, 2014

Justice Marvin and Jane Baxter Endowment for Moot Court Established

“Everything I’ve had the privilege to do in public service is because of UC Hastings,” said Justice Baxter, “the finest law school in America.”
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Should Immigration Status Play Any Role in the Courtroom?

The UC Hastings Appellate Project weighs in on excluding litigant immigration status during voir dire.
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Thinkers & Doers: December 4, 2014

UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves November 26 - December 4, 2014.
Go to News Archive