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Law Pathway



SMC College Seal, Law Pathway at Santa Monica College

The Santa Monica College Law Pathway program offers SMC students who come from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds opportunities for access, engagement and advancement in the legal profession. Preference for program admission will be given to applicants who are representative of these populations and committed to intellectual endeavors with intentional focus on equity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Law Pathway Program Benefits

Program Requirements

Students accepted into the Law Pathway program will be required to complete an orientation, attend program activities and complete the following course requirements:

  • ENGL 1: Reading and Composition - 3 units
  • 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

**Advanced Placement credit may be used to fulfill some course requirements.

Program Admission Priorities

When Law Pathway applications are reviewed, priority consideration will be given to applicants with the following:

  • Less than 24 units of college credits completed
  • 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Eligible to enroll in English 1
  • Come from a an underrepresented student background
  • Willing to complete all academic and activity requirements for the program
  • Designated by the SMC Office of Admissions as a California resident

Unfortunately, students who already have an associate degree or higher are not eligible to apply for the program.

Law Pathway Program Application 

The application for the 2024-25 academic year is now open! The deadline to apply is September 20th, 2024. Click on the link to apply. 

Questions about the application? Contact:

2024-25 Law Pathway Application

Continuing Law Pathway Participants (currently in the program)

If you are currently in the Santa Monica College Law Pathway Program and you wish to communicate with the Law Pathway Counselor, please contact Vicenta Arrizon at