Experiential Opportunities

The Center For Conflict Resolution

The Center For Conflict Resolution (CCR) provides mediation, conciliation, and facilitation services, and conflict resolution training to the communities throughout Los Angeles County (particularly those adjacent to the Law School), and to students, faculty, and staff at Loyola.

Students who participate in the CCR can earn units while satisfying their pro bono requirement and gain valuable experience doing real-world conciliation and mediation on a wide variety of cases. Students handle a wide variety of cases (under supervision) including divorce/family, neighbor-neighbor, employment, victim-youth offender, and consumer merchant, to name a few. They will also receive a Mediation Certificate that satisfies the California Dispute Resolution Program Act. Students are eligible to apply for the Pearl Castro Mendez position and serve the monolingual Hispanic community of Los Angeles County while contributing their time, education, and skills to support the communities around Loyola Law School.

Disability Rights Legal Center

Disability Rights Legal Center is an independent, nonprofit law office that provides free legal services to persons with disabilities. Disability Rights Legal Center is located at the LLS Public Interest Law Center in downtown Los Angeles, with a satellite office at the University of La Verne College Of Law.

Utilizing a legal and administrative staff, law student externs, and volunteer attorneys, the Center provides much needed assistance to persons with disabilities through impact litigation, individual representation, telephone assistance trainings, and meaningful referrals to other agencies. These efforts, contributing significantly to the ability of persons with disabilities to secure their legal rights, are undertaken through the following projects: The Cancer Legal Resource Center, The Civil Rights Litigation Project, The Education Advocacy Project, The Community Advocacy Program, and more.

Summer Public Interest Employment Program

Loyola Law School gives Loyola students the invaluable opportunity to experience public interest work, while providing public interest employers with law students assistance which they otherwise would not be able to afford.  Every summer, the Summer Public Interest Employment Program (SPIEP) supports at least 70 students working at local nonprofit and government agencies.

Every year, the Office of Financial Aid establishes the maximum amount a student can earn each summer on a work-study contract.  For summer 2013, the maximum amount awarded students was $3,500.  The maximum may be lower for students enrolled in summer school and/or not working full time.