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Pathway to Law Initiative

This Initiative is sponsored by the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the Indigenous Law Program at Michigan State University College of Law, Office of Admissions at University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and the American Indian Law Center, Inc. This program also receives support from the National Native American Bar Association, Native American Bar Association of Arizona, TestMasters, and the National 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 pathway 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 pathway to law.

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

Register now for the for 7th Annual Native American Pathway to Law workshop.

This Virtual workshop will be held for 90 minutes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from June 8 – July 15, 2021. Space is limited so submit your registration today.


Native American Law School Admissions Workshops

The Native American Pathway to Law Pre-Law programs educate and help students successfully navigate the law school application process. The workshops will assist participants in preparing competitive applications. Come learn how to successfully apply to law school and network with law school professionals.

Who should attend?
College Sophomores, Juniors/Seniors, master's students and college graduates preparing for law school.

Why attend?

  • Learn about law school and career options
  • Obtain information about the varied admissions criteria for law school
  • Work with mentors to develop an effective application, resume, and personal statement
  • Explore law school funding options
  • Receive test prep tips for the LSAT
  • Network with other participants, faculty, and professionals
  • Hear from former and current American Indian law students

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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