New Program Opens New Pathways to Law School


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Story By: Margarita Albarran, Reporter

Fresno City College is launching a Law Pathway program, a partnership with several law schools, that’ll help students get special admissions consideration in admission into law school.

According to Logan Tennerelli, adviser and counselor for program, Pathways is a statewide initiative between nine law schools and community colleges throughout California and “is designed to get more community college students and more diversity in law schools.”

The program provides outreach from the participating universities as well as financial aid counseling and assistance with the Law School Admission Test. Some of the law schools involved in this initiative include UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, and a few others.

To become a part of this program, a student must complete nine classes at FCC, including American Studies 11, Counseling 53, English 1A, Political Science 2. A full list of the required courses as well as the participating universities can be found on the college website.

“On a technical level, it [taking the required courses] helps [students] get special admissions consideration,” Tennerelli explained. “It also helps because these classes were selected because they are focusing on critical thinking, reading skills and skills that will help students do well on the LSAT and in law school.”

Students can find the program’s application on FCC’s website. The application process consists of attending the orientation; completing the application and attaching a statement of interest which entails your interest in law profession; meeting with Tennerelli or a pathway counselor every semester to set up a student education plan, and lastly, participating in pre-law activities.

For more information on law pathways, contact Logan Tennerelli at [email protected]