October 22, 2020

Mesa College Announces Partnership with Cal LAW Pathway Program

Promoting Diversity in the California Legal Profession

By Office of Communications

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San Diego, CA – San Diego Mesa College has announced a new partnership with California LAW that will create a pathway for Mesa College students to complete their education and enter the legal profession. Cal LAW collaborates with community colleges to encourage diverse students enter the legal profession in order to represent the diverse population of the state of California.  Mesa College will begin accepting interested students into its Pathway to Law School program in Spring 2021.  Community colleges such as mesa partnering in the program were chosen due to their high commitment to equity, demonstrated by college leadership and resources that provide transformative educational experiences and support for students on a pathway to a law career.


"As the leading college of equity and excellence, San Diego Mesa College is intentionally committed to breaking down social barriers and ensuring the success of underrepresented students at Mesa and beyond,” stated Dr. Isabel O’Connor, Vice President of Instruction at Mesa College. "The partnership with Cal-LAW will provide Mesa students with a clearly defined path to exploring the legal profession while receiving support services and mentoring, as well as easier access to transfer to a university and then to a participating law school."


Mesa students from all majors will be welcome to complete the interdisciplinary set of courses designed to build the skills required for success in the legal profession.  They will also be paired with a mentor and participate in activities like a pre-law club, law school visits, and Mesa's annual Constitution Day celebration.


California LAW (Leadership – Access – Workforce) is an organization created to be the foundational structure that connects, communicates, collaborates, and coordinates with programs working to help diverse students enter the legal profession. It consists of 22 high school law academies created under the California Partnership Academy model in a unique collaboration between the State Bar of California and the California Department of Education.


Additionally, it includes members of the Community College Pathway to Law School initiative with 29 community colleges throughout the state and 10 undergraduate institutions and their law schools, resulting in an educational pipeline into the legal profession created under the leadership of the State Bar of California's Council on Access and Fairness.  Participating undergraduate institutions and law schools include:  UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCI, UC Davis, Stanford, Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, University of San Francisco, and USC.


For more information, please contact: Michelle Rodriguez,

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Tags: Career Pathways, Cal Law, Guided Pathways, Cal Law Pathway, Law School

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