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About Pathway to Law School

Pathway to Law School is a California Community College Initiative in partnership with fourteen California law schools to increase diversity in the legal profession.

The purpose of the Program is to provide a pathway to a law school education for students whose post-secondary education begins at the community college level. This program will provide a clear pathway from community college to law school.

For more information on the statewide program initiative, visit California LAW.


Purpose of the Program

  • The initiative was developed by the State Bar of California's Council on Access and Fairness (COAF) to increase diversity in the legal profession.
  • To provide a clear pathway from community college to law school (2+2+3).
  • Partnerships were developed among 26 California Community Colleges and 14 participating law schools.

Partnering Law Schools


Benefits of the Program & Support Services

  • Dedicated counselor and faculty champion
  • Private Canvas site for Pathway updates & information
  • All participating law schools will waive application fee
  • Extracurricular pre-law activities
  • Free LSAT review course from Khan Academy
  • Internships and service learning opportunities
  • Mentorship with a local lawyer or judge

Program Expectations

Student Educational Plan (SEP)

  • Meet with Liz Shaker to develop your SEP based on:
    - your selected major
    - transfer university admission requirements
    - required 7 course sequence for Pathway to Law School Program
  • There are many ways to get to one place, during your counseling appointment we will discuss the best path that meets your needs!

Becoming a COAF Law Scholar

  • Petition for COAF Law Scholar during your final semester by the deadline:
    - Fall Completers: First Friday of fall semester
    - Spring Completers: First Friday of spring semester
    - Submit Pathway to Law School Student Waiver
  • Self-identify as a COAF Law Scholar for application to participating law schools
  • Reach out to admission counselor from participating law schools



Questions, Comments, Concerns? Please contact...

Nicole Faudree

Chair of the Paralegal Studies & Business Departments
Law Scholar Faculty Champion
(661) 362-5377

Liz Shaker

Counseling Faculty & Law Scholar Counselor Champion
(661) 362-3807

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