waldodanto wrote:I'm a UCLA student who is interested in public interest, but who didn't apply to the Epstein program. I gotta say, it's a nice program, and something you might as well do if you know you want to do public interest, but its not that important. There are a ton of opportunities to show your commitment to public interest at UCLA (clinics, journals, etc.), and you can join the Epstein program after 1L year if you really would like to (apparently it's easier at that point, since some people drop out and they take a lot of rising 2Ls).
I wouldn't stress if you don't get admitted to the program as a 0L. A lot of people I know who applied and didn't get it are no longer planning on picking it up as a specialization, for what its worth.
I was curious about this! I didn't apply either, but the literature I was sent said that they only accept five applicants after 1L, which seems like hardly any. I'm going to visit the campus in a few weeks, and I'm hoping to go talk to them then.