Thank you for your interest in the Pathway to Law School program.

Required orientation and check-in meeting via Zoom:

Wednesday, March 25, 2024 from 3 - 5 p.m.

This meeting is required for ALL applicants and current participants to the law pathway program. 

Zoom link will be HERE on the day of the meeting.


NOTE: After you have attended the next orientation, if you are not already on our email list, schedule individual appointments regarding your status in the law pathway program by emailing


Saddleback College is one of 27 select Community Colleges in California to be included in a new initiative that will create a pathway to ten of California’s most prestigious undergraduate institutions and their affiliated law schools.

  • University of Southern California and USC Gould School of Law
  • University of San Francisco and USF School of Law
  • University of California, Davis and UCD School of Law
  • University of California, Irvine and UCI School of Law
  • Santa Clara University and SCU School of Law
  • Loyola Marymount University and LMU Law School
  • University of California, Los Angeles and UCLA School of Law
  • University of California, Berkeley and UCB School of Law
  • Pepperdine University and Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
  • Chapman University and Dale E. Fowler School of Law

The Community College Pathway to Law School Initiative is an unprecedented opportunity to offer advancement in the legal profession for our students, including diverse populations, particularly those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.

The project, sponsored by the State Bar's Council on Access and Fairness (COAF) established agreements with twenty-eight community colleges and eight law schools and their respective undergraduate institutions.

Saddleback College is now accepting applications for the Pathway to Law School 2+2+3 – Legal Scholars program. The Saddleback College Pathway to Law School program is designed to prepare community college students for successful transfer to a four-year university and admission to law school. Program benefits include financial aid counseling, academic advising, Pre-Law advising, Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) prep information, exposure to the legal profession, participation in the Saddleback Pre-law Club, legal internships, service-based learning,  and other law-related events and opportunities designed to increase the interest and eligibility of community college students who may be interested in attending law school.

View the Program Application

An updated program and promotional brochure will be available at our next meeting.  We will discuss new courses for program completion, updates to the curriculum, and more. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are already in the Pathway to Law School program, with an approved application, your academic plan will not change - only updated course selections and new course IDs will apply. 

View the COAF Requirements - Scholar Requirements

Required curriculum - Core classes