As the state and country become more diverse, the need increases to develop leaders who possess diverse experiences, talents, and capacities for leadership. To meet this need, Colorado Law has launched a program that transforms the way we think about diversity and cultivating leadership.
The Leaders in Law and Community (LILAC) Fellowship program addresses diversity in the broadest sense by recruiting and developing students from backgrounds underrepresented in law schools and in the legal profession. LILAC Fellows are from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, have diverse cultural identities, or are individuals who have overcome significant obstacles. With their experiences, backgrounds and accomplishments, LILAC Fellows will have the potential to use their law degrees to be transformational leaders in law and community.
In identifying and recruiting LILAC Fellows, Colorado Law has cast nets wider and deeper to find students who will not just succeed along traditional lines, but who will also use their law degrees to make powerful contributions to society. We are looking for students who bring diverse perspectives to Colorado Law - perspectives from cultural or personal identities; from disadvantaged backgrounds; from personal or work experiences that are atypical of law school applicants; or from seemingly insurmountable obstacles that, through resilience and determination - were overcome before law school. We are looking beyond commonly used criteria - LSATs and GPAs - to indicators of success such as community leadership, perseverance and demonstrated ability to problem solve and think critically.
LILAC will be comprehensive three-year program that educates fellows and cultivates their leadership potential through:
The cost per year for the Leaders in Law and Community fellowship program is estimated to be $240,000. To donate to support this transformational program, visit www.giving.cu.edu/lilac. If you have additional questions or comments about LILAC or would like to volunteer as a mentor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.