NYC2012 wrote:Sorry if this has already been asked in this thread. I was hoping someone who applied to UCLA's Epstein public interest program this cycle could elaborate on the application process for me... specifically, I know it requires a separate essay, but 1) what was the page limit? 2) What was the prompt? 3) Did you talk about an entirely different topic than your personal statement? 4) What else do you need to include in the application? For some reason I can't seem to find any of this on the Epstein website, all the information they give is very vague. Thanks very much in advance for any help!
Here were the essay instructions from this year's application - I wrote a separate essay than my personal statement, though my personal statement certainly talked about my commitment to public interest law as well. My Epstein one was significantly longer than my personal statement:
UCLA wrote:The Program seeks to admit those students most likely to achieve academic success who also satisfy one or more of three admission criteria related to the public interest orientation of the Program, which are described below. The Program Committee is interested in students who will work hard at a challenging program, who are committed to developing the intellectual and professional skills necessary for effective public interest work, and who will represent a broad range of backgrounds and ideological perspectives.
1. Commitment to public interest, which will be evaluated in two ways:
(A) Activities in high school, college, graduate school, or career.(For this purpose, "public interest" is broadly defined to encompass any and all interests underrepresented by the private market, including the interests of the poor, ethnic minorities, unpopular social causes across the political spectrum, and broad-ranging interests such as the environment, peace, and the welfare of future generations.)
(B) Evidence that the applicant demonstrated, in the conduct of these activities, the personal qualities of tenacity, idealism, and initiative that are particularly important for public interest lawyers who may forgo material incentives in their careers.
2. Special abilities enabling the applicant to serve or represent groups or interests lacking adequate access to law and lawyers.
While this criterion overlaps somewhat with the first one, this criterion would be evidenced by such things as language skills, cultural familiarity, insight into such groups, or other special skills.
3. Intellectual strengths and acquired expertise relevant to problem solving and policy analysis. This includes expertise in quantitative methods, social science, policy analysis, ethnographic and historical research, or similar skills, acquired through formal education or work experience.
4. Public Interest Essay
Please write an essay of no more than four double-spaced typed pages responding to the following: We are interested in knowing about the concept and vision for your future public interest practice. This can derive from your personal or professional experience, your philosophy of how public interest practice relates to contemporary issues, your approach to problem solving, or some other relevant criteria of your own choosing. How do you hope that your public interest career will develop, and what are the means by which you expect to achieve your public interest goals?
In addition to the essay, the application also asked those applying for Epstein for the following:
UCLA wrote:2. Please list all volunteer public interest activities in which you have engaged since the age of 18, identifying the organization or activity, your role in the organization or activity, the beginning and ending dates of your volunteer efforts, and the approximate number of hours worked per month during that time. Although you have been asked to list your employment record on the general application form, please list any public interest employment, including information about your position and the dates of employment, if you believe its public interest nature is not apparent from the earlier listing.
3. Please list the (a) name, (b) position, (c) address, and (d) telephone number of at least two persons for whom or with whom you have worked as a student, employee, or volunteer. The references should be immediate supervisors, teachers, or fellow workers who will be able to comment on your commitment, initiative, sense of responsiblity, and ability to work on and complete some kind of project or activity. To the extent possible, please provide references who can comment on different skills or qualities (for example, one academic and one work reference), and who have a current United States telephone number. (If you must provide a reference outside the United States, please provide an e-mail address and/or fax number if possible.)