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Applications Open: 2019 MTO Fellows Program

Applications are now open for the 2019 MTO Fellows Program. This program is an important initiative designed to encourage, promote and support a community of individuals who contribute to the diversity of the legal profession. The program is intended for individuals seeking to start law school in Fall 2020 (college juniors or seniors as of Spring 2019, or individuals who have already graduated).

To learn more about the 2019 MTO Fellows Program, please select here.

Key Dates:

  • Application deadline: January 7, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. PT
  • In-person interview at the firms office in downtown Los Angeles (invite only): February 2, 2019
  • Offers extended: February 19, 2019
  • Offer acceptance deadline: February 22, 2019

To apply to the MTO Fellows Program, please CLICK HERE.


2018 UCLA School of Law New Graduate Opportunity Program (“NGOP”) 

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to you regarding the 2018 UCLA School of Law New Graduate Opportunity Program (“NGOP”).  I wanted to thank those of you who have hosted graduate volunteers in the past and to inquire whether your organization might have a need for one or more 2018 graduate volunteers from UCLA Law.  They will be available to volunteer as early as the beginning of August following the July Bar Exam.

The NGOP provides funding on a limited basis for recent graduates from the class of 2018 to volunteer with a public interest organization or government agency.  The NGOP stipend covers 20 hours of work per week for a 10 week period (for a total of 200 hours), although a graduate could work fewer hours per week.  The exact timing will be left up to the graduate and the supervising lawyer.   Accordingly, in advance of the anticipated time frame when graduates will begin, our Office of Career Services is developing a comprehensive list of organizations that would be receptive to having volunteers this year.

If your organization is interested in participating, please contact me at  Please indicate your organization name, the point person at the organization, how you would like to receive applications from candidates, what materials interested recent graduates should submit, and approximately how many recent graduate volunteers your entity might consider this year.  Although we would love to accommodate all requests to participate in this program, we frequently receive responses from many more organizations than we have program participants.  Thus, we cannot guarantee that every entity will receive a volunteer graduate to assist them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at  As always, we look forward to working with you, and we hope that this program will be beneficial to your organization as well as to our graduates.




                      board of                                                                                                                                                                        SUE STENGEL

           FIRE COMMISSIONERS                                                                                                                                                       independent assessor



                 DELIA IBARRA                                                                                                                                                               EXECUTIVE OFFICE

                     president                                                                                                                                                         200 North Main Street, Suite 1840

                                                                                                                                                                                                Los Angeles, CA 90012-4112

              ANDREW GLAZIER                                                                                                                                                                         

                  vice president                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                          ERIC GARCETTI                                                              (213) 978-3838 PHONE

               STEVEN R. FAZIO                                                                          Mayor                                                                         (213) 978-3814 FAX

            JIMMY H. HARA, M.D.                                                                                                                                                                       

           JIMMIE WOODS-GRAY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


                LETICIA GOMEZ                                                                                                                                                                           

     commission executive assistant ii







The Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA) for the Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners is seeking a graduate student intern, preferably from a law or public policy school (first year law students may apply) for a paid position.  Students interested in public employment law, labor law, public safety (fire and police) law and policy, municipal law, and/or transparency in government are encouraged to apply.


The OIA is the inspector general for the Los Angeles Fire Department, responsible for assessing how the Fire Department handles complaints of misconduct against sworn and civilian members of the Department.  The OIA also has authority to assess any other operations of the Fire Department.


The Independent Assessor reports directly to the Board of Fire Commissioners, the civilian head of the LAFD, and assists the Fire Commission in providing independent civilian oversight of the Fire Department. The small size of the OIA affords a Student Professional Worker (SPW) an opportunity to play an integral role in the day-to-day work, this includes interacting with LAFD personnel and observing daily operations. Students are given the opportunity to ride along with the Fire Department during emergency operations and attend various Fire Department ceremonies and festivities.


Duties may include, but are not limited to:

•Reviewing and analyzing internal affairs investigations;                                     

•Conducting legal research;

•Reviewing and analyzing LAFD policies; and

•Researching best practices of fire and other public safety agencies.


Students will also have the opportunity to meet Los Angeles City officials and learn about the inner workings of the City.


The SPW may work full or part time.* An SPW is restricted to work a maximum of 1039 hours for the City of Los Angeles in a 12-month period.  Please note that this position is not a permanent Civil Service position with the City of Los Angeles. Therefore, the position is not eligible for any employee benefits.


The selected candidate will be required to take and pass a pre-employment medical exam and clear a background investigation.


The OIA is now accepting applications for Summer 2017.  This posting will remain open until a sufficient number of applications are received.  May close at any time.  Please feel free to contact the office with questions.


Eligibility Requirements: 


1. Current full-time enrollment in an accredited four-year college or university or an accredited law school and must maintain 3.0 GPA.

2. Must be enrolled in and successfully complete a minimum of 6 semester (or 8 quarter) units of degree-oriented classes each semester (quarter) while employed as a Student Professional Worker. For quarter system programs, students must attend at least 3 quarters each year.

3. Satisfactory proof (enrollment verification, official college transcript, etc.,) must be submitted upon hire.

4. Student Professional Workers must maintain enrollment as a full-time student to continue employment, and must submit proof of enrollment not later than two weeks after the commencement of each Semester or Quarter.


To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to:


Sue Stengel

Independent Assessor

Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners