Munger, Tolles & Olson is enhancing its efforts to increase the “pipeline” of students from diverse backgrounds who will be applying to law school and subsequently entering the legal profession. We participate in a number of pipeline programs, including the following:
We are proud partners with For People of Color Inc. in conducting an annual workshop devoted to empowering people of color who desire to enter the legal profession. At the workshop held each spring, our lawyers share their insights into the law school application process, as well as their own experiences as law school students. Past student participants at FPOC workshops have subsequently attended some of the nation’s best law schools and become associates at major law firms.
We also are proud sponsors of the Los Angeles Urban Debate League, which is affiliated with the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, an organization devoted to promoting debate programs in urban public schools across the country. Debate has been shown to have meaningful results in enhancing literacy and graduation rates in high schools. Munger Tolles partners Bart Williams and Henry Weissmann co-chair the Los Angeles Advisory Board which has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District in bringing debate league programs to a number of the city’s secondary schools. Munger Tolles managing partner Sandra A. Seville-Jones is a member of the board.
For college-age students, we offer the MTO Fellows Program. This program offers up to three full-time positions in the firm’s Los Angeles office to students of diverse backgrounds who have recently graduated from college and plan to attend law school. It is designed to expose them to the practice of law at the highest level. MTO Fellows work closely with attorneys and paralegals, participate in a wide range of educational activities outside the firm and receive a stipend to take an LSAT preparation course. For more information on the 2014-2015 session, please click here.
Since 2006, we have been a sponsor of the UCLA Law Fellows Program, an innovative outreach service aimed at encouraging and preparing minority undergraduates and recent graduates to attend law school.
The firm also is a proud sponsor of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. The program, sponsored by the ABA’s Section of Litigation, provides minority and financially challenged law school students an internship with federal and state judges throughout the country. Munger Tolles partner Lisa Demsky is the attorney coordinator for the Los Angeles JIOP program.