This fall marks the start of A.I.M. for Law, a joint program between California Western School of Law and the Consensus Organizing Center at San Diego State University. The program, targeted at college sophomores, is dedicated to diversifying law schools and the legal profession.
A.I.M. for Law
Diversity in the legal profession continues to be problematic, with very few legal professionals who mirror the diversity of clients and communities that they represent. AIM for Law (achieve, inspire, motivate) works with sophomores address the issue of diverisity in the legal profession.
“AIM for Law helps these prospective law students develop a more informed understanding of the process of becoming a lawyer,” says Marion Cloete, Associate Director of Diversity Services. “It also teaches skills that are directly advantageous to performance on the LSAT, which will be an integral element of their application profile for any law school.”
The AIM program offers students the opportunity to meet with practicing attorneys and current law students to learn about preparing for law school. Throughout the semester, program participants meet once a week to study for the Law School Admissions Test, brief legal cases, and learn how to make legal arguments.
Diversity at California Western
California Western’s stated mission is to train ethical, competent, and compassionate lawyers who represent a diverse society as principled advocates. Of course, a diverse student body helps fulfill this mission and enriches the law school experience. California Western’s commitment to diversity can be seen in its programs and scholarships.
The Street Law Program at California Western introduces students from underrepresented communities to legal education and the law through interaction with law students and faculty. It offers students the opportunity to participate in mock trials and to learn more about the law. Additional programs include Law High and the Boyz 2 Men and Montessori Mock Trial programs, which engage students from preschool through high school in various levels of instruction.
California Western also supports a diverse student body through scholarship programs. The Stephen N. Zack Scholarship – named for the first Latino American President of the American Bar Association – and the Robert J. Grey, Jr. Scholarship – honoring the second African American president of the ABA – reflect a commitment to diversity within the practice of law.
More about Student Diversity Services at California Western here.
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