School: University of California, Los Angeles
Sponsor: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Message to Supporters: Since receiving the scholarship, I’ve began and am now 3/4 of the way through my first year of legal education. I’ve taken Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Contracts, and other core legal classes. I’ve sharpened foundational legal writing and research skills. I’ve also been a key member of campus student organizations, including the Black Law Students Association and the Muslim Law Students Association. As an active member of the student community, I organized a film screening of I Am Not Your Negro, followed by a discussion on race and American identity.
For my first summer as a law student, I’ve accepted a position with a law firm in San Francisco where I will continue honing my legal research and writing skills.
Thank you to the gracious donors that have enabled me to continue my journey through legal education. I am tremendously grateful for your invaluable support and assistance, and your recognition of the importance of promoting leadership in the American Muslim community.
Bio: Laylaa Abdul-Khabir is an entering first-year law student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has an interest in racial justice and public interest law, and looks forward to studying in the Critical Race Studies program at the law school. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2012 with a double major in Integrative Biology and Peace and Conflict Studies. Since that time, she has worked as a Community Advocate for a civil rights organization focused on providing advocacy and services in workforce development and economic justice for low-income communities of color.
Areas of Interest:
Law, Racial Justice