Pathway to Law School
Los Angeles Mission College was selected as one of 24 California community colleges to participate in the Pathway to Law School initiative in 2014. This program is sponsored by the California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness that established agreements with 24 community colleges and six law schools to create the Pathway to Law School initiative. The program establishes a clear pathway for community college students interested in law school. The initiative is an unprecedented effort within California’s higher education to enhance opportunities and advancement in the legal profession for diverse populations, particularly those who have been underrepresented.
The Pathway to Law School curriculum bridges students interested in a law degree with transfer and law school. Pathway scholars must register with the program, complete an orientation to the program, and complete the courses listed below. The Law and Administration of Justice Department sponsors special panels and presentations, and the Counseling Department has a designated counselor.
The Community Colleges Pathway to Law School initiative requires students to complete courses based on a defined set of “success factors” that help make effective lawyers. Students in the program receive early exposure to the law school experience, individual advisement and mentoring from law school advisors, financial aid counseling, LSAT preparation and waived application fees for admission to the participating law schools.