Mexican American Bar Association Federal Judicial Externship Program Scholarship

Mexican American Bar AssociationFounded in 2012, the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County’s Federal Judicial Externship Program promotes and ensures federal judicial externships for Latino law students and gives invaluable judicial exposure to future federal criminal and civil litigators. The Program’s mission is to increase access to highly sought-after externship positions in federal appellate and district courts for Latino/a law students in Los Angeles.

In its first year, MABA partnered with three federal judges, each of whom agreed to host a MABA extern in their chambers. Since 2012, the program has grown to include the participation of seven federal judges and received more applications from Latino/a law students. These students are destined to become leaders in the practice of law and in their communities. The application and selection process is rigorous. The selected law student scholarship recipients participate in a comprehensive pre-extern training before embarking on their assignments in judicial chambers. In addition, Program students participate in a series of lunchtime and weekend discussions and programs during their externships hosted by participating judges, law firms and non-profit and other governmental organizations.

Recognizing that Latino/a students are often unable to pursue federal externships because such positions are unpaid, the Program provides a $1,500 scholarship to each selected Program student. The scholarship received by participants allows Latino law students a valuable opportunity to participate and observe the federal judicial process that they otherwise might have to forego due to financial considerations.

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