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 Metropolitan 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 partner 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 Co-Managing Partner Sandra A. Seville-Jones is a member of the board.
In late 2014, Munger Tolles launched an expanded version of its MTO Fellows Program with the goal of accepting 20-30 prospective law school applicants. The new Fellows Program will prepare prospective applicants not only for the law school application process, but for the challenges of law school itself. Each MTO Fellow will receive assistance with law school applications and LSAT preparation; attend monthly workshops to prepare for the demands of law school and the application process; and become part of a strong and broad professional network. This program seeks applicants from all backgrounds and aims to increase the diversity of the legal profession. All individuals who intend to apply to start law school in the fall of 2018 are encouraged to apply, whether they are currently enrolled in or previously graduated from college or university. Applications will be open from November 18, 2016, and the deadline to submit an application is January 5, 2017. For more information about the program, please review the program flyer.
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.