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Pathway to Law School Program

Pathway to Law School Program

In partnership with The State Bar of California, the Pathway to Law School initiative enhances opportunities and advancement of Delta College students in the legal profession for diverse populations, particularly those who have been underrepresented in the practice of law.

Justice StatueWhy Law?

The complexities of our legal system have created hundreds of legal career options, many of which do not require a law degree.  The legal professional’s role is expanding and evolving to keep pace with the ever-changing legal system.  The legal profession offers growth, opportunities, financial rewards, client service, intellectual challenge, prosperity, prestige in diverse areas: criminal law, corporate law, tax law, real estate law, family law, product liability, patent law, employment law, educational law and dozens of other areas. Given the legal field’s diversity no particular major is recommended.

Career Possibilities

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Mediator
  • Paralegal
  • Secretary
  • Consultant
  • Court Administrator
  • Governmental administrator
  • Politician

Program Benefits

  • Advising
  • Mentoring
  • Law related activities
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Prescribed course credits will transfer
  • Waived application fees for admission to the participating law schools
  • Special attention regarding college and law school applications at participating schools

Participating Schools: Colleges/Law Schools

  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Santa Clara
  • University of California Davis
  • University of Southern California
  • Loyola University, Los Angeles
  • University of California Irvine


  1. You must be attending San Joaquin Delta College (or the other 23 participating California Community Colleges) during or after academic year 2014-2015.
  2. You must be a first-time undergraduate-level student: not previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree or previously matriculated at a four year undergraduate institution and must not have previously matriculated at a community college in the country.
  3. You are currently in good academic standing; you are not on academic probation or suspension.

*Grandfathered Status:

  • A student is eligible if previously matriculated at a community college prior to September 2014, who has not earned an Associate Degree and has not transferred to a four-year undergraduate institution by September 2014.
  • Student previously matriculated at a four year undergraduate institution but has not earned a Bachelor’s degree and instead matriculated at one of the 24 participating  community colleges during Academic Year 2013-2014 and continues to matriculate at one  of  the participating 24 community colleges during Academic Year 2014-2015.

Program Requirements


  • Attend Pathway to Law School Orientation
  • Work with Pathway to Law School counselor
  • Establish Student Educational Plan based on selected major and the Pathway
       to Law School Program’s required courses

Required Courses

  • Introduction to American Legal System (Business 08)
  • Reading and Composition (English 1A)
  • Written Communications II: A Critical Introduction to Literature (English 1B)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (Communications Studies 1A)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (Math 12)
  • United States History (17A or 17B)
  • American Government and Institutions (Political Science 01)

Additional Courses

  • Service and Civic Learning (To be announced)
  • College Success (To be announced)

Extracurricular Activities

  • Attend Pathway to Law School Program activities/field trips
  • Participate in Debate/Moot Court
  • Participate in Politics and Law Club


  • Complete all prerequisites of the student’s major as required by the participating undergraduate institution.
  • Student must successfully transfer to the undergraduate institution


  • Students must maintain the required minimum G.P.A. at the community college and undergraduate institution.


Pathway to Law School Application (.pdf)


Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Kinesiology, and Athletics Division
Budd 319
(209) 954-5262

Professor Martha Villarreal
Office: Locke 323
Phone: (209) 954-5482 

Professor Joel H. Blank, PhD, JD
Office: Budd 320
Phone: (209) 954-5292


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