of Los Angeles 

LGBT Bar LA Law Student Center

In an effort to help LGBT Law Students adapt to the rigors of law school life, to positively reinforce their position within our community and to assist them in succeeding as practicing attorneys, LGBT Bar LA created the Law Student Center. The LGBT Bar LA Law Student Center is an easily accessible portal for information, educational pursuits and networking. The Center provides valuable information, opportunities and activities specifically geared to the needs of LGBT students in every phase of their law school education. The Board of Governors and many other LGBT Bar LA members (including lawyers and judicial officers) regularly make themselves available to LGBT Bar LA's law student members in an effort to bridge the gap between enthusiastic learners and committed, working legal professionals.

If you are considering attending law school, we offer guidance, advice and a variety of local, state and national resources to assist you in making that all important decision. For more immediate help with deciding if law school is for you go to: LSAC – Law School Admission Council at:

Mentorship Program

William J. Clayton Mentorship Program

LGBT Bar LA's Mentorship Program is dedicated to the memory of our longtime friend and LGBT Bar LA pioneer William J. Clayton and will be known as the William J. Clayton Mentorship Program. The program is designed to connect volunteer, licensed attorneys with interested students to provide directed career guidance and mentorship.

Founded in 2002, the purpose of the Mentorship Program is to facilitate the establishment of mentor/mentee relationships between LGBT Bar LA member attorneys and local law students.

Our mentors provide advice, counsel, and guidance to law students and, thereby, contribute to the development of a strong LGBT legal community. Mentors must be members of LGBT Bar LA in good standing and attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of California. Judicial officers or retired attorneys who were once licensed to practice law in the State of California are also eligible to serve as mentors. Ideally, mentors will be able to serve as an ongoing resource for any students to which they are assigned. Mentors provide invaluable advice and encouragement as their law student/mentees progress toward a career in the law. We seek LGBT attorneys in the community to serve as mentors for various LGBT students at local Southern California law schools. We are particularly interested in recruiting more women lawyers to pair with law students, given the large number of interested women law students. 

LGBT Bar LA announced mentor/mentee pairs for the 2015-2016 school year in October 2015.  Check back in Fall 2016 for more information on how to apply for a mentor.


Attention 1L and 2L Law Students!

LGBT Bar LA offers the Donald L. Snow Scholarship, which is awarded annually to deserving local law students. The Donald L. Snow Scholarship was made possible by a generous bequest from LGBT Bar LA member Donald Snow. For several years Mr. Snow was President of the Lambda Democratic Club in Long Beach and helped obtain direct financial assistance for people living with AIDS. Through these efforts and others, Mr. Snow served as a leader and spokesperson for LGBT rights.

Because of this gift and this continuing endowment, LGBT Bar LA is able to award scholarships to locally enrolled law students who demonstrate financial need and either (1) are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or (2) have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the promotion of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons.

Applicants for the Donald L. Snow scholarship must be enrolled and in good academic standing at an accredited law school located in Los Angeles County or Orange County at the time of the application and at the time of the award.

The application is available here.  

Law Student Social and Networking Events

Each year LGBT Bar LA hosts two special social events specifically for LGBT law students. Each is designed to provide a safe, congenial setting to encourage law students to socialize, exchange ideas and network with working attorneys who happen to be LGBT Bar LA members. Both events are free to law students whether you are an LGBT Bar LA member or not.

  • The annual LGBT Bar LA Summer Associates Reception
  • The Rand Schrader Law Student Reception in the Fall

Both of these great events are enthusiastically attended by numerous LGBT Bar LA members and non-members and give you, the law student ample opportunity to make contacts, forge new friendships and alliances and become more informed about social, economic and political matters that directly affect our community.

Law students are encouraged to become LGBT Bar LA members so that they have access to the full spectrum of LGBT Bar LA educational and social activities, advocacy campaigns and related organizations throughout Southern California.

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