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 252||CONSTITUTIONAL LAW||3|
|COMM 160||ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE||3|
|PD 100||LIFELONG SUCCESS||3|
|Select one course:||4|
|COLLEGE COMPOSITION: READING AND WRITING ANALYTICALLY|
or ENGL 115H
|HONORS COLLEGE COMPOSITION: READING AND WRITING ANALYTICALLY|
|Select one course:||3-4|
|LOGIC AND CRITICAL THINKING|
or ENGL 116
|CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENT|
|Select one course:||3-4|
or SOC/PSYC 270
|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|
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses specific to the transfer institution of choice. University requirements vary from institution to institution and are subject to change. Therefore, it is important to verify transfer major preparation and general education requirements through consultation with a counselor in either the Counseling Center or Transfer Center. See catalog Transfer Courses Information section for further information.
Some courses within this program may require additional coursework that must be completed prior to enrollment in these courses. Please consult the individual course listings for prerequisites and any other limitations on enrollment.