The Community College Path to Law School

The Community College Path to Law School


  In the past couple of years,
I have seen an increase… In the past couple of years,
I have seen an increase… In the past couple of years,
I have seen an increase…   in the number of applicants that have
attended a community college. in the number of applicants that have
attended a community college.   When we look at admissions files… When we look at admissions files… When we look at admissions files…   we see the full record
of an applicant. we see the full record
of an applicant.   So I can tell immediately.   The very first thing I look at
is a one-page summary of the student. The very first thing I look at
is a one-page summary of the student.   I see everywhere that
the student went to school… I see everywhere that
the student went to school…   and how the student performed.   So I know immediately if somebody
went to community college. So I know immediately if somebody
went to community college.   We don’t really make
a distinction among– We don’t really make
a distinction among–   between students who went to
community college and those who didn’t. between students who went to
community college and those who didn’t.   We care much more about
the level of rigor… We care much more about
the level of rigor…   that the student has undergone
in undergraduate… that the student has undergone
in undergraduate…   looking at personal statements… looking at personal statements…   and how involved the person has been
in the community. and how involved the person has been
in the community.   We have a much more holistic view… We have a much more holistic view…   of what makes a student prepared
for law school. of what makes a student prepared
for law school.   The law school application process…   involves a holistic review
of the applicant documents. involves a holistic review
of the applicant documents. involves a holistic review
of the applicant documents.   So, in terms of reviewing
a community college applicant… So, in terms of reviewing
a community college applicant…   versus an applicant that attended
a four-year college– versus an applicant that attended
a four-year college–   We do not evaluate the applicant
any differently. We do not evaluate the applicant
any differently.   There are opportunities in the application
in which the community college applicant… There are opportunities in the application
in which the community college applicant… There are opportunities in the application
in which the community college applicant…   has a chance to become unique
in the application process… has a chance to become unique
in the application process…   because they may have
overcome adversity. because they may have
overcome adversity.   They may have faced hardships… They may have faced hardships…   that perhaps other students
may not have faced… that perhaps other students
may not have faced…   so they do have chances
in the application process… so they do have chances
in the application process… so they do have chances
in the application process…   in which they can stand out. in which they can stand out.   If you are accepted into law school… If you are accepted into law school…   then the law school believes
that you have the ability to succeed. then the law school believes
that you have the ability to succeed.   So there’s really no reason for
a student to think that once she gets– So there’s really no reason for
a student to think that once she gets–   she’s sitting in the seat there at law school
that she can’t absolutely compete… she’s sitting in the seat there at law school
that she can’t absolutely compete…   with every other student
who’s in the room.  

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