Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

December 04, 2008
Southwestern Hosts "Project Access"

Southwestern is proud to be the Los Angeles host for Project Access, a dynamic new interactive mentoring program that is a grant-funded collaboration between the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the Hispanic National Bar Foundation (HNBF) and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The program's inaugural 2008-2009 academic year is taking place in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Professor Cohen and one of the groups
Professor Cohen and one of the groups

At the November 7 kickoff event held on Southwestern's campus, more than 50 attendees, including advisory board members, mentors and mentees, learned about the program, got to know each other and gathered in smaller groups to set goals and discuss future events. As a host, Southwestern actively recruited and accepted approximately 25 to 30 of its own students as mentees for the year-long program. This includes Hispanic and non-Hispanic students in their first, second, or third year of law school. Southwestern will host several additional events on campus involving all Los Angeles mentors and mentees. At least one event will focus on training mentees and another will be a mock trial.

Up to 100 participants in each city will help bring students to the next level in their educational careers. The goal for this year's program is to have Los Angeles area contributors equally divided among high school students, college students, law students and attorney mentors. The objective is to create 25 "mentor pods" in which the students mentor each other and also receive guidance from an attorney mentor.

"The Hispanic National Bar Foundation believes that knowledge and diversity benefit everyone," said Professor Laura Cohen, who serves on the Advisory Board for Project Access along with Paulette Palafox, Southwestern's Associate Director of Admissions. "The HNBF provides tools and resources necessary to ensure full and equal opportunity for Hispanics to become leaders in the global community, thereby ensuring a brighter future for all."

Participants will learn about college and law school, partake in interactive workshops and receive a variety of opportunities including: meeting influential leaders, learning about internships and scholarships, visiting colleges and law schools, receiving special chances to apply for summer programs like the 2009 HNBF Future Latino Leaders Law Camp, attending pre-law education workshops, getting assistance with applying to college and law school from attorneys and admissions experts, and earning scholarships to pay for Bar Exam preparation courses. Click here to find out more about Project Access.