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Pipeline to Law Initiative

This Initiative is sponsored by the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the Indigenous Law Program at Michigan State University College of Law with the support of National Native American Bar Association, Native American Bar Association of Arizona, The Princeton Review Foundation, Office of Admissions at University of California, Berkeley School of Law, American Indian Law Center, Inc., University of South Dakota School of Law, and ASU Native American Law Students Association.

The 2015 National Native American Bar Association study of Native Americans in the legal field (The Pursuit of Inclusion: An In-Depth Exploration of the Experiences and Perspective of Native American Attorneys in the Legal Profession), concluded that the Native American law student population is lower than the rate of Native Americans in the overall U.S. population. The study found that pipeline projects reaching students in earlier stages of education are essential to continuing the gains in Native American law student numbers and success. In response to the issues identified in the 2015 National Native American Bar Association survey, the Indian Legal Program and the Indigenous Law Program are joining together to strengthen the Native American pipeline to law.

This important initiative is generously funded by grants from Access Group, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The Pipeline to Law Initiative includes:

  • Early Outreach: visit elementary, middle and high school classrooms to share information about the law and legal careers using age appropriate materials and culturally relevant information.
  • Pre-Law Advising: offer LSAT prep programs and prelaw advising sessions to Native American students. Intensive prelaw sessions at various locations will include guidance on the law school application process, financial aid and the LSAT.
  • Mentorship Opportunities: facilitate multilevel mentorship between high school students, college students, law students and attorneys.

Survey for Attorney Mentors Needed

We are offering two types of mentoring opportunities - chapter mentorship and individual mentorship. You may sign up for one or both options.

Chapter mentors will be matched with a NALSA chapter at a local law school. If matched, you commit to participate in 3 mentoring events with your chapter during the calendar year. Individual mentors have the option to be matched with one or more law students. For each student, you commit to edit the student’s resume and then connect twice via phone or skype during the calendar year.

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