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Over half of all people living in poverty are women of color.

Esq. Apprentice gives low-income women of color the tools and support they need to become attorneys. With paid legal employment and a culturally responsive curriculum, we’re building economic security for impoverished women, families, and communities across California.

85% legal employment rate

85% of our apprentices have found work in the legal profession, electing to specialize in housing, criminal, estate planning, and other areas of law that have historically disadvantaged them.

30% annual increase in wages

Our apprentices have reported an annual wage increase of 30%, leading 25% to report a decrease in the hold that finances have over their lives, month to month.

75% retention rate

With financial support that addresses apprentices’ cost of living, we have enjoyed a 75% retention rate over the requisite, minimum 4-years to program completion.

We make legal career paths that work for women.

For the millions of women living in poverty, law school just isn’t an option. That’s where legal apprenticeship comes in. Learn how apprenticeship offers a uniquely intersectional path to a legal career for women of color who have been historically excluded from the profession.

Why Apprenticeship?

Our movement of women lawyers–needs you.

You can help build a more diverse and justice-centered legal profession. Click below to learn how to get involved with our work.

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