Diversity

MTO Fellows Program

2020 MTO Fellows
2020 MTO Fellows

 

The MTO Fellows Program is a ten-month initiative aimed at preparing 25-40 aspiring diverse students for admission to and success in law school. The program seeks applicants from all backgrounds and strives to increase the diversity of the legal profession. All MTO Fellows will participate in:

  • LSAT Preparation Course*: an intensive LSAT course paid for by Munger, Tolles & Olson.
  • Monthly Saturday Workshops*: workshops hosted one Saturday per month that are designed to prepare Fellows for the challenges of both the law school application process and law school itself.*
  • The Fellows Network: the program will connect Fellows to a strong network of law students and practicing attorneys, including Fellows alumni, supporters of the program, and partner organizations, through direct introductions during workshops, receptions, and community events.

Please find more information about the MTO Fellows program here.

*NOTE: Following firm policy and the guidance of public health officials, all LSAT classes and workshops will be hosted virtually until it is safe to meet in person. However, because we are dedicated to expanding the pipeline of diverse attorneys in the Los Angeles area, we have a preference for candidates who are normally based in the greater Los Angeles area or who plan to relocate here following graduation. We hope to return to in-person LSAT prep classes and workshops at our downtown Los Angeles office as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

  Samuel and Terre at UC Hastings - 2019    
 
Terré Block and Samuel Elias, 2018 MTO Fellows, in their first year at UC Hastings College of the Law
 
Brandon Frank, 2015 MTO Fellow, makes note that there are 208 days between the date of the first workshop and the commencement of the law school admissions process
 

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to apply for the MTO Fellows Program, you must:

1. intend to apply for admission to begin law school in the fall of 2022 (i.e., applicants must be at least college juniors by spring 2021; we also welcome applications from individuals who have previously graduated and are working);

2. be able to participate in monthly workshops from March-December 2021;

3. have a 3.0 minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA (including community college); and

4. show the potential to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the legal profession. This includes, but is not limited to, candidates who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups; LGBTQ; from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds; or people with disabilities.

We give priority to candidates who are normally based in the greater Los Angeles area or who plan to relocate here following graduation.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Click here to apply to the 2021 MTO Fellows Program.  If you are unable to use the online application, please send your materials by email to diversity@mto.com. Your application will not be reviewed unless we have received all required application materials. 

Please direct all questions via email to diversity@mto.com.


APPLICATION TIMELINE

  • December 4, 2020:  Applications open
  • January 31, 2021:  Applications close
  • March 10, 2021:  Offers extended
  • March 12, 2021:  Offer acceptance deadline

 

APPLICATION COMPONENTS

  • Completed MTO Fellows Program Application Form (available here)
  • Resume (max 2 pages)
  • Personal statement (max 500 words – please include a word count)

Your personal statement should be an example of the type of essay you intend to submit with your law school applications. For example, past applicants have discussed how their backgrounds, experiences, interests, or perspectives would enable them to contribute to the law school community and the legal profession.

  • Short-answer questions (max 250 words per prompt – please include a word count for each prompt and upload all answers in ONE PDF or Word document)
    • What barriers do you expect to encounter in applying to or attending law school? How do you plan to overcome these barriers? Please provide specific examples of how you have overcome these barriers in your undergraduate and/or professional career, if possible.
       
    • What strategies have you used or do you plan to use to engage and build community with your peers in a virtual setting? Please provide specific examples from your undergraduate and/or professional career, if possible.
       
    • What strategies have you used or do you plan to use to best prepare yourself for the LSAT, assuming that some portion of our LSAT course may have to be virtual? Please provide specific examples from your undergraduate and/or professional career, if possible.
       
  • Official or unofficial (photocopy and/or online version) community college, undergraduate, and/or graduate transcripts where applicable (3.0 min. cumulative GPA)

 

 

  Maira Perez and MJ Ramirez, on their first day of law school   MTO Fellows and California ChangeLawyers Scholarship Recipients Maran Kris Abubo, Indi Garcia, Susana Herrera, Serena Lau, Markisha Roches, Rosa Tovar, and Jonathan Verdugo along with Joanne Villanueva  
 
2017 MTO Fellows, Maira Perez and MJ Ramirez, on their first day of law school at the University of Illinois College of Law
 
MTO Fellows Alums and California ChangeLawyers Scholarship Recipients Rosa Tovar, Serena Lau, Jonathan Verdugo, Markisha Roches, Samuel Elias, Ana Orozco, Indi Garcia, Susana Herrera, and Marjan Kris Abudo along with Joanne Villanueva.
 

 

 

   
 
Anthony Solana, founder, president and chairperson of For People of Color, Inc.
speaks to the MTO Fellows about the law school admissions process 
 


 

Premier partners of the MTO Fellows program are:
 

PowerScore LSAT Preparation

 

 

 

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