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The Legal Pathways Fellows and the Legal Pathways Road to the Law programs supports University of Washington Tacoma students alumni in pursuing admission to law school. For program descriptions, requirements, and application instructions, please see below. Please contact lpathway@uw.edu with any questions. 

Upcoming Information Sessions:

NEW!! Legal Pathways Fellows Program: Summer Cohort

Fall 2022 Law School Start
Current UW Tacoma juniors, seniors, or alumni

The Legal Pathways Fellows program provides law school application support to University of Washington Tacoma students seeking admission to law school. Costs associated with the law school application process, as well as a lack of resources to attend costly LSAT preparation classes, are a significant factor in hindering the application to law school by students from underrepresented groups. The Legal Pathways Fellows program will support up to 12 students to participate in a year-long cohort designed to assist in their path to law school.

Legal Pathways Fellows Summer Cohort program participants will participate in a commercial LSAT preparation course, application workshops, and a summer session to prepare for the transition to law school. Participants will also receive a mentor from the legal community and meet monthly with the Legal Pathways program director. The cost of all activities associated with the program will be provided by the Legal Pathways program. The Legal Pathways Fellows Summer Cohort program LSAT prep course will run through late May, June, July, and the first week of August to support students in taking the August bar exam. 

Eligibility and Application Information

Legal Pathways Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis considering a wide variety of factors. To be considered, applicants must submit a complete application and supporting materials by the application deadline. In addition to the required application materials, in order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be a current junior or senior enrolled in good standing at the University of Washington Tacoma;
  • Intend to apply to law school with a fall 2022 matriculation (start) date;
  • Be able to commit to intensive LSAT study between May – August, 2021, including a twice weekly commercial LSAT prep course offered from 3:00 -
  • Commit to take the LSAT in August (preferred) or October, 2021;

Students from groups underrepresented in the legal field including alumni who are members of underrepresented minority groups, formerly incarcerated, or first-generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.

Required Application Materials:

  • Legal Pathways Fellows application form;
  • Résumé including GPA, major/minor, and all academic awards (2-page limit);
  • Recommendation letter from one academic reference;
  • Personal statement reflecting on how the applicant will contribute to the leadership and diversity of the legal community (700-word limit);
  • Statement of financial need (350-word limit)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Expectations of Legal Pathways Fellows:

  • Meet all LSAT, law school application, and program deadlines;
  • Attend all classes associated with the LSAT preparatory course in the June, July, and August of 2021
  • Commit to 15-20 hours a week of LSAT preparation for 12 weeks between June - August of 2021 (including time spent in LSAT course);
  • Attend 6 mandatory Legal Pathways workshops in the 2021-2022 academic year;
  • Respond in a timely way to all inquiries from Legal Pathways;
  • Meet monthly with a Legal Pathways Fellows mentor for the duration of your time as Legal Pathways Fellow
  • Participate a Legal Pathways Summer Session and Celebration in the summer of 2022
  • Take the August or October LSAT 

Application Instructions:

To apply for the Legal Pathways Fellows program, please:

  1. Complete the Legal Pathways Fellows application form online. Please complete the form in its entirety, taking care to answer all questions thoroughly.
  2. Email your (1) personal statement; (2) resume; and (3) statement of financial need to lpathway@uw.edu. Please save files using your last name and a description of the document (i.e., “Smith, Personal Statement” or “Jones, Resume”)
  3. Have your letter of recommendation sent from the recommender to lpathway@uw.edu

***PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications and/or application materials received after 11:59pm PST on May 1, 2021 will not be considered.***

Program Timeline

March 15, 2021: Applications open

May 1, 2021:  Application deadline*

June 1 – August 10: LSAT preparation

August 14, 2021:  LSAT

September, 2021 – February 2022:  Attend monthly Legal Pathways Fellows Workshops

June/July 2022:  Legal Pathways Fellows Summer Session and Celebration

*Please take note that the Summer Cohort Deadline is different than the Fall Cohort! 

Legal Pathways Fellows Program: Fall Cohort

Fall 2023/2024 Law School Start
Current UW Tacoma sophomores and juniors

 

The Legal Pathways Fellows program provides law school application support to University of Washington Tacoma students seeking admission to law school. Costs associated with the law school application process, as well as a lack of resources to attend costly LSAT preparation classes, are a significant factor in hindering the application to law school by students from underrepresented groups. The Legal Pathways Fellows program will support up to 12 students to participate in a year-long cohort designed to assist in their path to law school.

Legal Pathways Fellows program participants will participate in a commercial LSAT preparation course, application workshops, and a summer session to prepare for the transition to law school. Participants will also receive a mentor from the legal community and meet monthly with the Legal Pathways program director. The cost of all activities associated with the program will be provided by the Legal Pathways program.

Information sessions will be held on March 24th from 12:30 - 1:30 (REGISTER NOW), March 30 from 12:30 - 1:30 (REGISTER NOW), and April 7 (REGISTER NOW) from 12:30 - 1:30. Please note, registration is required. 

Eligibility and Application Information

Legal Pathways Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis considering a wide variety of factors. To be considered, applicants must submit a complete application and supporting materials by the application deadline. In addition to the required application materials, in order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be a current sophomore or junior enrolled in good standing at the University of Washington Tacoma;
  • Intend to apply to law school with a fall 2023 or fall 2024 matriculation (start) date;
  • Be able to commit to intensive LSAT study between March – June, 2022;
  • Commit to take the LSAT between June - December of 2022;

Students from groups underrepresented in the legal field including alumni who are members of underrepresented minority groups, formerly incarcerated, or first-generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.

Required Application Materials:

  • Legal Pathways Fellows application form;
  • Résumé including GPA, major/minor, and all academic awards (2-page limit);
  • Recommendation letter from one academic reference;
  • Personal statement reflecting on how the applicant will contribute to the leadership and diversity of the legal community (700-word limit);
  • Statement of financial need (350-word limit)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Expectations of Legal Pathways Fellows:

  • Meet all LSAT, law school application, and program deadlines;
  • Attend all classes associated with the LSAT preparatory course in the spring/summer of 2022 and commit to 15 hours a week of LSAT preparation for 12 weeks between March - June of 2022;
  • Attend 6 mandatory Legal Pathways workshops in the 2021-2022 academic year;
  • Respond in a timely way to all inquiries from Legal Pathways;
  • Meet monthly with a Legal Pathways Fellows mentor for the duration of your time as Legal Pathways Fellow
  • Participate a Legal Pathways Summer Session and Celebration in the summer of 2023

Application Instructions:

To apply for the Legal Pathways Fellows program, please:

  1. Complete the Legal Pathways Fellows application form online. Please complete the form in its entirety, taking care to answer all questions thoroughly.
  2. Email your (1) personal statement; (2) resume; and (3) statement of financial need to lpathway@uw.edu. Please save files using your last name and a description of the document (i.e., “Smith, Personal Statement” or “Jones, Resume”)
  3. Have your letter of recommendation sent from the recommender to lpathway@uw.edu

***PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications and/or application materials received after 11:59pm PST on May 15, 2021 will not be considered.***

Program Timeline

March 15, 2021: Applications open

May 15, 2021:  Application deadline

June 1, 2021:  Accepted applicants notified

September, 2021 – February 2022:  Attend monthly Legal Pathways Fellows Workshops

March 2022:  Start date for LSAT prep course for June 2022 LSAT

June – December 2022:  The 2022 LSAT dates have not yet been announced but Legal Pathways Fellows participants are eligible to take any LSAT exam June – December 2022

June/July 2023:  Legal Pathways Fellows Summer Session and Celebration

 

Legal Pathways Road to the Law Program

Fall 2023/2024 Law School Start
Current UW Tacoma seniors and alumni

Overview

The Legal Pathways Road to the Law program supports University of Washington Tacoma alumni in pursuing admission to law school. Costs associated with the law school application process, as well as a lack of resources to attend costly LSAT preparation classes, are a significant factor in hindering the application to law school by students from underrepresented groups. The Legal Pathways Road to the Law program will support up to 11 University of Washington Tacoma alumni to participate in a year-long cohort designed to assist in their path to law school.

Legal Pathways Road to the Law program participants will participate in a commercial LSAT preparation course, application workshops, and a summer session to prepare for the transition to law school. Participants will also receive a mentor from the legal community and meet monthly with the Legal Pathways program director. The cost of all activities associated with the program will be provided by the Legal Pathways program.

Eligibility and Application Information

Legal Pathways Road to the Law program participants will be selected on a competitive basis considering a wide variety of factors. To be considered, applicants must submit a complete application and supporting materials by the application deadline. In addition to the required application materials, in order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate of the University of Washington Tacoma or intending to graduate prior to September, 2021;
  • Intend to apply to law school with a fall 2023 matriculation (start) date;
  • Be able to commit to intensive LSAT study between March – June, 2022;
  • Commit to take the LSAT between June – December, 2022;
  • Either (1) be a first time LSAT taker or (2) have taken the LSAT previously and received a score of 145 or below

Students and alumni from groups underrepresented in the legal field including alumni who are members of underrepresented minority groups, formerly incarcerated, or first-generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.

Required Application Materials:

  • Legal Pathways Road to the Law program application form;
  • Résumé (2-page limit);
  • Letter of recommendation (academic or professional);
  • Personal statement reflecting on how the applicant will contribute to the leadership and diversity of the legal community  (700-word limit);
  • Statement of financial need (350-word limit)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Expectations of Legal Pathways Road to the Law program Participants:

  • Meet all LSAT, law school application, and program deadlines;
  • Attend all classes associated with the LSAT preparatory course and commit to 15 hours of study a week for 12 weeks between March- June, 2022;
  • Attend 6 mandatory Legal Pathways workshops in the 2021-2022 academic year;
  • Respond in a timely way to all inquiries from Legal Pathways;
  • Meet monthly with a Legal Pathways Road to the Law mentor for the duration of your time as a Legal Pathways Road to the Law program participant
  • Participate a Legal Pathways Summer Session and Celebration in the summer of 2023

Application Instructions:

To apply for the Legal Pathways Road to the Law program, please:=

  1. Complete the Legal Pathways Fellows application form online. Please complete the form in its entirety, taking care to answer all questions thoroughly.
  2. Email your (1) personal statement; (2) resume; and (3) statement of financial need to lpathway@uw.edu. Please save files using your last name and a description of the document (i.e., “Smith, Personal Statement” or “Jones, Resume”)
  3. Have your letter of recommendation sent from the recommender to lpathway@uw.edu

***PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications and/or application materials received after 11:59pm PST on May 15, 2021 will not be considered.***=

Program Timeline=

March 15, 2021: Applications open

May 15, 2021:  Application deadline]

June 1, 2021:  Accepted applicants notified

September, 2021 – February 2022:  Attend monthly Road to the Law program workshops

March 2022:  Start date for LSAT prep course for June 2022 LSAT

June – December 2022:  The 2022 LSAT dates have not yet been announced but Road to the Law program participants are eligible to take any LSAT exam between June – December 2022

June/July 2023:  Legal Pathways Road to the Law Summer Session and Celebration