2+2+3: Law School Pathway

2-Year Associate Degree, 2-Year Bachelor’s Degree, 3-Year Juris Doctorate

Established under the auspices of the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness (COAF), this initiative provides a pathway to a law school education for students whose college education begins at Sacramento City College.

The 2+2+3 Law School Pathway project is designed to enhance opportunities in the legal profession for diverse populations. While racial or ethnic minorities comprise 60 percent of the California population, only 20 percent of the state’s lawyers are minorities.

Law School Pathway Contacts

Law School Pathway

Before admission into the program, a student must attend an 2+2+3 Pathway to Law School orientation and agree to release information pertinent to the program. To qualify as a “COAF Scholar” a student must attend Sacramento City College and successfully complete the required courses.

Law Initiative Required Courses
BUS 345
or SOC 318 (ADMJ 349)
Law and Society
ENGWR 300English Composition
ENGWR 301Critical Thinking
COMM 311Argumentation and Debate
STAT 300Statistics
HIST 311US History
POLS 301Introduction to American Government


Suggested electives relevant to the legal profession
SOC 300 or PSYCH 320Service/Civic Learning
HCD 310College Success
ADMJ 320Criminal Law
BUS 340Business Law
PHIL 310Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 320Logic and Critical Thinking
POLS 304Introduction to Government—California


photo: students in the SCC law school pathway program

All students should meet with a counselor to develop an Individual Educational Plan since many different degrees support entry into law school.

Pathway Mission and Goals

This initiative will provide a clear pathway from Sacramento City College to law school. This unique model provides a firm partnership with existing articulation agreements or Transfer Guides between community colleges and the four-year undergraduate colleges and universities.

The pathway facilitates the admissions process through its special partnership between Sacramento City College and the law schools. Students will be provided additional support, access, and information to the law school admission process. Targeted outreach and recruitment will occur at the participating community college.

Support for students will include:

  • Mentoring
  • Early exposure to the law school experience
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Internship opportunities
  • Potential scholarship opportunities

Students will also receive guidance and tutoring before taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and receive specific orientation and instruction regarding the law school admission process, expectations while attending law school and opportunities in the legal profession.

Career possibilities are endless and include, but are not limited to: lawyer, judge, mediator, paralegal, consultant, educator, corporate attorney, court administrator, governmental administrator, or politician.

What is a COAF Scholar?

Established under the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness (COAF), the 2+2+3 Community College Pathway to Law School initiative is a newly developed partnership among 24 of the state’s community colleges and six law schools along with their respective undergraduate institutions.

Participating Law Schools

  • Loyola Marymount Law School
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • University of California, Davis School of Law
  • University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

Additional Information

Supported by Student Equity.