​​Interested in Becoming a Law Pathway Student? 

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Upcoming Law Pathway Events

The Pre-Law Society Club
Spring 2018 Meetings

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Room: Business 106

Upcoming topics:

Thursday, 4/5:  Debate Team members speak to the club

Thursday, 4/12: SPRING BREAK

Thursday, 4/19: Kaplan representative, Kate Wiswell, will speak to the club about how to prepare for the LSAT

Thursday, 4/26: Club Row

Thursday, 5/3: Dan Stewart will discuss a case involving adverse possession

Thursday, 5/10:  To be announced (Working on scheduling an attorney who practices in the criminal law arena)

Thursday, 5/17:  Case review and briefing Workshop (Tentative)

Thursday, 5/24:  Brenda Cortez-Martin, Associate Director of Admissions, USC Gould School of Law

Thursday, 5/31: Closing comments and club party

SMC 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 eight participating law schools:

  • UCLA School of Law
  • UC Berkeley School of Law
  • 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

Course of Study:Pre_law advising 4.11.18.pdf

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 period, and enroll in participating law schools no later than Fall 2024.

Law School Scholarship Opportunities!

Arturo González Summer Law Student Fellowship

The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco, in partnership with 2010 President Arturo González, Morrison & Foerster, is now accepting applications for the Arturo González Summer Law Student Fellowship. The six-to-eight week fellowships are for law students who want to gain exposure and acquire significantpractical experience in Immigration Legal Defense and Family Law.

Stipends will be $2,500.

Award Criteria
1. Current enrollment in an accredited law schoolas a rising second or third year law student
2. Good academic standing
3. An interest in advocacy and/or public interest law
4. Preference will be given to candidates with adiverse background

Applicants must submit the followingby May 25, 2018:
1. Statement of interest not to exceed 500 words
2. An official law school transcript (e-transcript sentdirectly from the school will be accepted)
3. Two letters of recommendation
4. All contact information

Mail to:
Yolanda Jackson/
González Fellowship Program
The Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Email to: diversity@sfbar.org  

To learn more, please contact:
Yolanda Jackson, Executive Director
at (415) 982-1600 or diversity@sfbar.org

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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