​​​​​​​​SMC College Seal, Law Pathway at Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College's Law Pathway program fosters the skills needed to excel in a legal career. The Law Pathway program is designed to help SMC's traditionally underrepresented students that are interested in a legal career in becoming competitive applicants to law school.

Interested in Becoming a Law Pathway Student? 

The application for the 2019-20 Law Pathway Program at SMC is now open! The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019. During the time that the official application is open, the "interest" card or mailing list form is unavailable. If you have questions or would like to be added to our mailing list, please email us at thecenter@smc.edu. ​ 


Benefits to Being a Law Pathway Student

  • Individual mentoring
  • Exposure to careers in law
  • Networking and learning opportunities
  • Leadership Training
  • Membership to the SMC Law Society
  • LSAT Test prep support
  • Priority admissions review at participating law schools

Participating Law Schools

Program Admission Priorities

  • Recommended ~3.0 GPA
  • 2-year commitment
  • Involvement in Pre-Law Society
  • Eligible for English 1
  • Traditionally underrepresented students

Course Requirements

PDF FilePre-Law Course of Study

Students in the program must complete the following course requirements:

  • COUN 20: Student Success Seminar, 3 units
  • ENGL 1: Reading and Composition, 1 unit
  • ENGL 2: Critical Analysis and Intermediate Composition, 3 units
  • MATH 54, Elementary Statistics, 4 units
  • POL SC 1: National and California Government, 3 units
  • HIST 11: United States History through Reconstruction, 3 units OR HIST 12: United States History Since Reconstruction, 3 units
  • COM ST 21: Argumentation, 3 units
  • POL SC 24: Intro to Law, 3 units OR BUS 5: Business Law and the Legal Environment , 3 units
  • POL SC 94: Law Experiential Learning, 0.5 unit