Though paralegal programs and law libraries are prevalent in most prisons across America, ABA-approved paralegal degrees are not. The Legal Revolution aims to address this deficit, along with the lack of ABA-accredited law degrees offered to incarcerated people in the United States.
Through the Prison to Law Pipeline Maureen Onyelobi and Jeff Young, the country’s first two incarcerated juris doctorate scholars, have commenced their JDs and completed the first round of midterm exams and are halfway through their first semester.
The first cohort of five incarcerated paralegal scholars are currently in their fourth semester, with only one more semester to complete until their graduation in Spring 2023.
Other exciting updates include the official launch of The Legal Revolution law firm, which is focused entirely on providing civil legal services to pipeline scholars and All Square fellows. The firm will look to develop internships for incarcerated scholars in the paralegal cohort, in addition to establishing pro bono partnerships with private law firms and solo practitioners.
Watch a PBS feature on The Legal Revolution here.