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Upcoming Law Pathway Events

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Diversity Day 2018

Celebrate this annual event with our diverse community of
alumni, faculty, staff, and students

WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Southwestern Campus, 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

EXPLORE the topic of police brutality and the intricacies of prosecuting and defending
officers with Professor Bill Seki ‘88, C o-Director of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program​
DISCOVER why law school is both challenging and enjoyable through actual
examples of first-year law students and their successes with Associate Dean for
Student Affairs, Robert Mena
HEAR about students’ transformative experiences through our public service programs
in a panel moderated by Professor Jenny Rodriquez-Fee ‘08
TOUR our beautiful campus including the historic art deco Bullocks Wilshire Building
and our eco-friendly Residences at 7th
ENJOY giveaways from Southwestern and Blueprint LSAT Preparation, and a reception
with Southwestern’s diverse community of alumni, faculty, deans, and student
organization leaders
Or at www.swlaw.edu/admissions-events​ or (213) 738-6834

Final prospective students event of the year!

For People of Color  

FPOC's Law School Admissions Conference at UCLA School of Law

Presented by:
La Raza Law Students Association & For People of Color, Inc.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UCLA School of Law
Law Building
385 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, California 90095

Event Description:
This event will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the law school application process. Current law students and administrators will provide advice on how best to navigate the law school application process. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration is required.
This event is free and open to the public.

Register for FPOC's Law School Admissions Conference

Personal Statement Review:
UCLA School of Law students will be available to review your personal statement and other application materials. (You must attend the conference in order to receive feedback.) Do not email your materials to us.

© 2018 For People of Color, Inc. All rights reserved. For People of Color® is a registered trademark of For People of Color, Inc.

Upcoming Pre-Law Society Meeting Dates

Please check back for upcoming Spring 2018 Meeting Dates

Law Pathway 2+2+3 plan

First 2 Years: Ideally, Law Pathway students will complete their general education and major prep at SMC over approximately two years, preparing to transfer (in any major). During this time, Pathway students will receive:

  • Individual Mentoring
  • Exposure to Careers in Law
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Leadership Training
  • Membership to SMC Pre-Law Society

+2 Years: Transfer to any accredited undergraduate UC/CSU/Private institution to complete a bachelor's degree in any major.

+3 Years: Application with priority admissions review at any of the six participating law schools:

  • USC Gould School of Law
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • UC Irvine School of Law
  • Loyola Law School Los Angeles
  • Santa Clara Law School

Interested in Becoming a Law Pathway Student?

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

Eligibility Requirements to be a Law Pathway Student

  • Coming Soon

Course Requirements

See the "C​ourse of Study for Pre-Law"

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

POLS SC 24, Intro to Law, or BUS 5, Business Law either 3 units

POL SC 94, Law Experiential Learning, 1 unit

Things to keep in mind:

Application and Matriculation at Law School: students must complete the course work at the community college level during this agreement perios, and enroll in participating law schools no later than Fall 2024.

Law School Scholarship Opportunities!

No Scholarships Currently Listed. Please check back for new 2018 scholarships.

SMC Law Pathways Contacts

Christina Gabler
Political Science Faculty Champion

Vicenta Arrizon
Counseling Faculty Champion

Dana Nasser
Business Law Faculty Champion

Edna Chavarry
Director, Academic Affairs Initiatives