The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Program is launching this Summer 2019. Bringing together and fostering the development of leaders from the disability community. They believe in creating a strong pipeline of law students with disabilities who will go on to serve as attorneys, judges, public policy professionals, and politicians. Their ultimate goal is to increase representation in policy spaces where decisions are being made.
As the disability rights slogan goes, “Nothing About Us Without Us!” or more aptly “Nothing Without Us!” because people with disabilities belong in every sector of society, including the legal profession. We need disabled voices in law schools, in law firms, in the courts, on the bench, in the Congress, in legal academia and beyond!
In order to do so, we need to strengthen the pathway into law school for students with disabilities. Too often, students with disabilities are discouraged from attaining higher education. Educational barriers, along with negative assumptions and attitudes, dissuade our community from reaching careers in law and policy.
The program targets early-year college students with disabilities to intervene and provide encouragement, support and mentorship that is crucial to success. Currently, there is no program like The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Program whose specific mission is to train and mentor college students with disabilities to think about a path toward law school.
Their program offers:
- A one-week summer intensive course at Loyola Law School;
- An academic-year-long virtual course;
- A mentoring program between the fellows and law students and attorneys with disabilities;
- Academic planning and support through the law school application process;
- A $1,000 stipend to be used for school supplies.