• The Coelho Center Law Fellowship offers: 

    • A one-week summer intensive course held at Loyola Law School - Los Angeles. The program is designed to train and mentor students with disabilities to think about a path toward law school. Sessions include:  
      • Admissions - How to apply to law school
      • Confronting barriers to access in law school
      • Networking with disability attorneys and policy-makers
      • Mock law school courses
      • Intro to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
      • Intro to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
      • Intro to lawyering skills
      • Intro to Disability Rights and Disability Justice Movements
    • Academic year-long virtual course.  This program runs from August 2021 to May 2022 on the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET). Sessions include: 

      • Continuation of the topics from the summer session. 
      • Monthly check-ins on students' educational and professional progress. 
      • Fellowship cohort team-building activties. 
      • Discussion on current policies affecting people with disabilities. 
    • Academic and planning support throughout the law school application process and during law school.

    • Disability advocacy project.  All fellows will identify a topic of interest and prepare a panel discussion with the guidance of Professor Perez.  Students will be encouraged to identify the experts in the topic area, organize and invite them to the panel.   

    • Publication opportunity on The Coelho Center Blog: https://thecoelhocenterblog.wordpress.com/ 
    • $1000 stipend upon completion of the program.

    • Deadline to apply: 
      • Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST
    • Notification of acceptance by: 
      • Friday, May 14, 2021 via email
    • Summer intensive program: 
      • Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16, 2021
      • ***Subject to change depending on COVID-19 regulations*** 
    • Monthly (virtual) meetings: 
      • Saturday, August 7, 2021
      • Saturday, September 4, 2021
      • Saturday, October 2, 2021
      • Saturday, November 6, 2021
      • Saturday, December 4, 2021
      • Saturday, January 8, 2022
      • Saturday, February 5, 2022
      • Saturday, March 5, 2022
      • Saturday, April 2, 2022
      • Saturday, May 7, 2022
  • The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Program is designed to serve students with disabilities interested in pursuing law school. As such, students who identify as D/deaf, hard-of-hearing and/or disabled are strongly encouraged to apply. Students must be currently enrolled in a community college, college, or university, or be a recent graduate. Applicants do not need to be certain that they would like to attend law school. Only an interest in the law in required.

    The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation has a strong commitment to diversity as a core value. As such, we encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds with identities intersecting with disability including race, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status. Applicants from low income backgrounds and applicants who have been involved in the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

  • Application Instructions: 

    To apply for The 2020 Coelho Center Law Fellowship Program, please respond to all the questions on 2020-2021 The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Application. You may also fill out the 2020 - 2021 PDF Fellowship Application Your application must be submitted electronically by February 28, 2020 to coelhocenter@lls.edu as a PDF file .   

    Application Materials: 

    • Application Form 
      • Acceptance of the terms of the application
      • Short Answers
      • References 
        • You must list two references with their contact information, though we will not contact your references unless you make it to the final round of application review.  
      • Personal Statement
    • Academic Transcript (unofficial copy scanned and emailed) 
      • Note: There is no GPA requirement to be eligible for the program.  
    • Resume
    • Sponsorship Application (optional) 

    As an alternative, you may create a voice or video recording in response to the questions (in spoken or signed language) and submit your files to coelhocenter@lls.edu.  

  • The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Program does not require "proof" of disability. We acknowledge the challenges often associated with lack of access to medical diagnosis, mis-diagnosis, and under-diagnosis. If you identify as being part of the D/deaf and/or disability community, that is sufficient. Examples of disability include:

    • Physical disability (e.g. paraplegia, amputee, multiple sclerosis, etc.)
    • Intellectual and/or developmental disability  (e.g. intellectual disability, Autistic, Down syndrome, language and learning disabilities, cerebral palsy)
    • Psychiatric disability (e.g. depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.)
    • Sensory disability (e.g. blind, D/deaf, blind-deaf, hard of hearing, etc.)
    • Chronic illness (e.g. Alzheimer’s, cancer, Crohn’s disease, Fibromyalgia, etc.)
    • Other disabilities not listed above
  • We strive to make this Law Fellowship experience accessible to everyone. Please let The Coelho Center Director, Katherine Perez, know what we can do to make sure that your application process and participation in the program (if accepted) is as smooth as possible!  Katherine is available by email at katherine.perez@lls.edu or by phone at 213.736.1486. 

  • The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Program is free for participants. During the summer intensive program, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Fellows must provide their own transportation and housing during the summer intensive program. However, there are limited scholarships available that provide transportation and/or housing for selected fellows.  

    In order to be considered for a scholarship for transportation and/or housing to attend the summer intensive program at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, download The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Sponsorship Application and submit it with your other application materials via email. You may also opt to create an audio or video recording (in spoken or signed language) that responds to the prompt in the scholarship application.  

    The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Sponsorship Application


Contact The Coelho Center Director, Katherine Perez, by email at katherine.perez@lls.edu or by phone at 213.736.1486.   


*Acceptance into The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Program does not guarantee acceptance into Loyola Law School.  

The Coelho Center