Santa Monica College's Law Pathway program fosters the skills needed to excel in a legal career. The Law Pathway program is designed to help SMC's traditionally underrepresented students that are interested in a legal career in becoming competitive applicants to law school.
Interested in Becoming a Law Pathway Student?
The application for the 2019-20 Law Pathway Program at SMC closed at 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019. You may fill out an "Interest Card" to join our mailing list for law-related events, resources, and to be among the first informed of when the 2020-21 Academic Year program is open for application.
The 2020-21 Program Application is expected to open in August 2020!
Benefits to Being a Law Pathway Student
- Individual mentoring
- Exposure to careers in law
- Networking and learning opportunities
- Leadership Training
- Membership to the SMC Law Society
- LSAT Test prep support
- Priority admissions review at participating law schools
Participating Law Schools
Program Admission Priorities
Recommended ~3.0 GPA
- Involvement in Pre-Law Society
- Eligible for English 1
- Traditionally underrepresented students
Pre-Law Course of Study
Students in the program must complete the following course requirements:
COUN 20: Student Success Seminar, 3 units
ENGL 1: Reading and Composition, 1 unit
ENGL 2: Critical Analysis and Intermediate Composition, 3 units
MATH 54, Elementary Statistics, 4 units
POL SC 1: National and California Government, 3 units
HIST 11: United States History through Reconstruction, 3 units OR
HIST 12: United States History Since Reconstruction, 3 units
COM ST 21: Argumentation, 3 units
POL SC 24: Intro to Law, 3 units OR
BUS 5: Business Law and the Legal Environment , 3 units
POL SC 94: Law Experiential Learning, 0.5 unit