UCLA Docket, March 4, 1968
New Program to Begin Here
In an effort to increase law school enrollment of Negroes, Mexican-Americans and other minority group students, three Los Angeles universities will conduct a joint summer program this year to interest such students in legal education.
June college graduates and those entering their senior year next fall will be eligible for the program, which will be staffed by UCLA, Loyola, and USC and held at the UCLA Law School from June 24 to August 16.
Known as the Legal Education Opportunity Program of Southern California, the project will be funded by a $76,000 grant from the national Council on Legal Education Opportunity. Financial aid will also be available to student participants who subsequently enter law school.
Forty minority students will be given an introduction to legal education and method in such areas as criminal law, constitutional law and torts, according to. Professor Leon Letwin, director of the program.
The students will also take field trips to civil and criminal courts, to legal aid offices, and to lawyers’ offices “to give them the feel of the practice of law, as well as practical exposure to some of the problems being studied n the classroom ” Prof. Letwin explains. Meetings will be arranged with police personnel, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and minority group leaders to discuss the importance of careers in the law and the opportunities in practice. The students, who will be selected by all three schools, will be quartered in UCLA residence halls during the program and will receive a stipend to compensate for lost income this summer.
Also at Harvard
The Los Angeles program will be one of four in the nation this year; the others are to be held at Harvard University, Emory University in Georgia, and the University of Denver. The Council on Legal Education Opportunity was established in January, 1968, by the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the National Bar Association, and the Law School Admission Test Council following year-long discussions on ways to increase the supply of lawyers from disadvantaged and minority groups in the United States.
Its chairman is Dean Page Keeton of the Law School of the University of Texas. College seniors and juniors interested in participating in the program may apply to the Legal Education Opportunity Program of Southern California at the UCLA Law School.