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Community College Pathway to Law School

Sponsored by the State Bar of California through California LAW, a nonprofit organization, this program offers California community college students a pathway to some of the state’s top law schools.

The Community Colleges Pathway to Law School initiative launched in 2014 with a goal of enhancing opportunities and advancement in the legal profession for diverse populations, particularly those who have traditionally been underrepresented; including students from the least affluent communities in California, first generation students, students of color, students with disabilities, veterans, and those who have work and family responsibilities.

This innovative program provides a clear pathway from community college to law school with the purpose of increasing diversity in the legal profession. The Community Colleges Pathway to Law School initiative requires students to complete courses based on a defined set of “success factors” that help make effective lawyers. Students in the program receive 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.

    Participating Law Schools

    • Chapman University
    • Loyola Marymount Law School
    • Pepperdine University
    • Santa Clara University School of Law
    • Southwestern Law School
    • University of California, Berkeley School of Law
    • University of California, Davis School of Law
    • University of California, Irvine School of Law
    • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
    • University of California, San Francisco School of Law
    • University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School
    • University of San Francisco School of Law
    • University of San Diego School of Law
    • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
    • Western State College of Law


    In order to successfully complete this program, the student must:

    • Complete the Community College Pathway to Law School Orientation
    • Meet with a SCC counselor to create a Student Educational Plan
    • Successfully complete the required courses while in residence at Sacramento City College
    • Agree to release information pertinent to the program
    • Graduate/transfer from Sacramento City College


    Law Initiative Required Courses

    Course No. Course Name/Subject
    BUS 345
    or SOC 318 (ADMJ 349)
    Law and Society
    ENGWR 300
    or ENGWR 488 (Honors)
    English Composition
    ENGWR 301
    or ENGWR 302

    or ENGWR 303
    or ENGWR 482 (Honors)
    Critical Thinking
    COMM 303
    or COMM 311
    Argumentation and Debate
    STAT 300
    or STAT 480 (Honors)
    ECON 310
    PSYC 330
    HIST 310
    HIST 311
    or HIST 320

    or HIST 321
    or HIST 483 
    or HIST 484 (Honors)
    US History
    POLS 301
    or POLS 481 (Honors)
    Introduction to American Government

    Suggested Electives Relevant to the Legal Profession

    Course No. Course Name
    SOC 300
    or PSYCH 320
    Service/Civic Learning
    HCD 310 College Success
    ADMJ 320 Criminal Law
    BUS 340 Business Law
    PHIL 310 Introduction to Ethics
    PHIL 320 Logic and Critical Thinking
    POLS 304 Introduction to Government—California

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    Professor: David Delaini


    Rodda Hall North, RHN 233
    3835 Freeport Boulevard
    Sacramento, CA 95822

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