Community College Pathway to Law School Initiative
The Community College Pathway to Law School initiative is an innovative, unprecedented program in the United States that helps diversify the legal profession in California. It provides a clear pathway from community college to law school through support for students, including mentoring and pre-law counseling, and professional development activities for faculty members.
The Community College Pathway to Law School initiative requires the completion of courses that are based on a defined set of “success factors” that help make effective lawyers. The initiative aligns criteria from the “success factors” with California Community College courses already approved in corresponding Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) areas in order to prepare students for law school and the legal profession prior to transfer.
California Law Academies
In 2010, the State Bar created a unique partnership with the California Department of Education to build its first 6 high school law academies under the California Partnership Academy model. Created by the California Legislature in 1986, it required that students in these classrooms be at least 50% at risk and be in high schools of 350+ students. High school students receive a law class starting in the 10th grade - every day for 3 years. The law academies are supported by a volunteer group of lawyers and judges under the California Law Academy Support Council (CLAS). More than 1200 legal professionals give their time, energy, and funds to work with these students.
Annual Pathway to Law Summit
The 2020 Pathway to Law Summit was held on February 21-22, 2020 at Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California. Over 150 attendees participated in the event which included keynote speakers, professional development, interactive panels, focused breakouts, faculty collaboration sessions, and a special student program including dialogue with pathway partners, a law school tour, and a mock law school classroom setting. Access the 2020 Summit Schedule here.