Pathway to Law School Program

The “Career Law School Pathway” is designed to demystify the process of getting to a career in law!  We will help you to understand what to do to apply and enroll at a four-year university, and sustaining the momentum to pursue professional/graduate school.   We shall empower you with the knowledge, critical applied thinking skills, and crucial life skills to transition from COA to transfer and success in pursuing your career plans in law.  We have guest speakers, field trips to California Universities and Law Schools, and seek to enroll students in special UC Davis summer bridge programs one year prior the students’ matriculation to UC Davis.

In partnership with The State Bar of California, the Pathway to Law School initiative; we here at College of Alameda seek to enhance opportunities and advancement in the legal profession for diverse populations, particularly those who have been underrepresented in the practice of law.  This is part of the Community Change and Urban Leadership Initiative Area of Emphasis in Social Justice!


Why Study Law?

Studying law explores many aspects of human life and allows you to develop a range of skills. Legal training fosters a broad and deep understanding of the law as well as develops abstract and critical thinking, practical problem solving skills and strong communication skills. The legal profession offers professional growth, opportunities, intellectual challenge, social activism empowerment, financial rewards, prestige and personal fulfillment in diverse areas such as: criminal law, corporate law, real estate law, tax law, family law, education law, patent law, product liability law and many other areas.

Career Possibilities

Career paths and opportunities for lawyers are endless. A law degree can be used in traditional legal employment, non-traditional legal employment and non-legal employment. Below are just some of the careers paths that you can take with a law degree.

Corporate attorney
Court Administrator
Governmental administrator

Program Benefits

Law and Debate Club
Law related activities (e.g. law school tours, statewide debate)
Financial aid counseling
Prescribed courses will transfer
Waived application fee for participating law schools
Special attention regarding college and law school applications at participating schools


Participating Schools: Colleges/Law Schools

University of San Francisco School of Law
Santa Clara University School of Law
University of California at Davis School of Law
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Loyola Law School 
University of California at Irvine School of Law

Contact Us

Robert J. Brem; Co-Coordinator
Jennifer Fowler; Co-Coordinator
Megan Sweeney; Co-Coordinator


Pathway to Law School Program
~~ a part of the Community Change and Urban Leadership Initiative
Department of Political Science
College of Alameda