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Friday, May 2, 2014

Six California Law Schools Offer Fast Track to Community College Students

California Community College Students to Get Leg Up on Way to Top Law Schools Under First of its Kind Pathway Program:  Twenty-Four Community Colleges and Six Law Schools Sign Agreement to Smooth Way to Law Degree:

California State BarThe California Community Colleges and the State Bar of California today announced a new initiative that will provide students at 24 community colleges a smoother pathway to six of California’s top law schools.  The project, sponsored by the State Bar ’s Council on Access and Fairness, will establish agreements with two dozen community colleges and six law schools and their respective undergraduate institutions [USC, UC-Davis, UC-Irvine, Loyola-L.A., Santa Clara, San Francisco].  Students in the program w ill receive assurances that credits in prescribed courses will transfer, early exposure to the law school experience, individual advisement and mentoring from law school advisors, financial aid counseling, LSAT preparation and waived application fees for admission to the participating law schools.

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I love the spin from the schools. Is there anyone who doesn't see this as desperation? Always be closing, law schools.

Posted by: Jojo | May 2, 2014 3:16:50 AM

What nonsense.

This "pathway" has always been open to anyone who cared to try.

Every California community college has a list of what classes transfer to UC and Cal State campuses, and always has.

Every law school evaluates its applicants as they see fit. No doubt, units from a community college will not impress admissions committees as much as similar units from UC Berkeley. Nor should they. I went to a community college on my way to a UC undergraduate degree, on my way to UCLA Law a long time ago. No problem.

I later taught at a community college as well. The academic standards are not high, and never have been.

We don't need more pathways. We need less law schools.

Posted by: j | May 2, 2014 9:08:12 AM