New Fellows/USA partnership is the first in the nation to exclusively offer a law degree.

ONTARIO, Calif.The University of La Verne College of Law has entered into a ground-breaking partnership with the Peace Corps, establishing the first Fellows/USA partnership in the nation to exclusively offer a law degree.

Fellows/USA is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance and degree-related internships to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs).  Under the program, RPCVs enrolled at La Verne Law will receive externships with local public interest organizations, or participate in one of the law school’s two clinics, where they will use the cross-cultural, language and leadership skills developed in the Peace Corps to assist in providing legal services to people who cannot afford attorneys.

La Verne Law Fellows will have the opportunity to direct their talents toward advocating for children’s and workers’ rights, disabilities services, and public defenders’ services, or combating human trafficking and slavery, among other important issues.

“The Peace Corps is delighted to have the University of La Verne College of Law as a partner in the Fellows/USA program,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “This new partnership not only opens doors to an enriching law  school opportunity at a reduced cost, it also enables returned Peace Corps volunteers to continue their work in public service through meaningful internships in underserved American communities. Experience overseas, combined with a law degree, position a Peace Corps Fellow well for all future endeavors.”

Besides building their professional skills through externships, selected Fellows will also receive as much as $4,500 per year in financial aid.

“This exciting new partnership between La Verne Law and the Peace Corps will allow us to deepen even further our commitment to serving high need communities in the Inland Empire region of Southern California,” said La Verne Law Dean Allen Easley.

Contacts:
Alexis Thompson, University of La Verne College of Law, 909-460-2018

Kate Kuykendall, Los Angeles Peace Corps Office, 310-356-1106

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