Student Support

Law Pathway


​​​​​​​​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 Law Pathway Program at SMC is not yet available. You may join our mailing list for law-related events, resources, and to be among the first informed when the 2020-21 Academic Year program is open for application.

The 2020-21 Program Application has been delayed - more information will be posted here when it becomes available.


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

Pre-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