Pathway to Law School

Certificate of Achievement
Transfer Preparation (Major Code: 02261)

Any student with a goal to enter law school should complete the Pathway to Law School program. This program is recognized as part of the California State Bar and California Community College State Chancellor’s Office initiative “Pathway to Law School.” The Pathway to Law School program aims to establish a pipeline of diverse students from Southwestern College to four-year universities and law schools into law or law-related careers so that the legal profession reflects the diverse population of the State of California. In building a diverse pipeline, we strive to open the doors of law and law-related careers to underrepresented members of the legal profession. Building a diverse pipeline into the law will lead to a more diverse and representative workforce - not only in law, but in all segments of society where lawyers and law-related careers contribute to the workforce.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and explain the ideas and institutions that make up the American political system, including the legal system, and to explain the historical development of American institutions in law and society.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively write and speak to persuade, to read and comprehend a diversity of texts, to organize information, to engage in argumentation to support a position, to evaluate and cite sources, and to conduct research.
Program Requirements 1
AJ 252CONSTITUTIONAL LAW3
COMM 160ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE3
PD 100LIFELONG SUCCESS3
PHIL 103LOGIC AND CRITICAL THINKING3
Select one course:4
COLLEGE COMPOSITION: READING AND WRITING ANALYTICALLY
HONORS COLLEGE COMPOSITION: READING AND WRITING ANALYTICALLY
Select one course:3-4
LOGIC AND CRITICAL THINKING
CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENT
Select one course:3-4
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Select one course:3
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION I
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION II
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Total Units25-27