Educational Center Building

Pathway to Law School

Welcome to the Pathway to Law School

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The Pathway to Law School program provides students with the academic foundation necessary for successful transfer and eventual entry to law school.


At some time while in the program, a student must complete the following:

  • Sociology 14 or Political Science 40 or Law 8
  • Math 227 or Math 227S
  • English 101
  • English 103
  • Communication Studies 104
  • History 11 or History 12
  • Political Science 1
  • as well as fulfill other requirements for transfer.

In addition, a student must achieve a cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA before graduation. However, special consideration can be given to students with extenuating circumstances

Students must also complete extracurricular activities while in the program which may include:

Meetings on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:30pm in F7-215
Field trips to law schools, courthouses, and other places related to the law
Law-related events, functions, and the Advisory Council Dinner held once a semester at ELAC.

Benefits of the program include access and resources provided by our partners below:

  1. University of California, Berkeley (and School of Law)
  2. University of California, Davis (and School of Law)
  3. University of California, Irvine (and School of Law)
  4. University of California, Los Angeles (and School of Law)
  5. University of San Francisco (and School of Law)
  6. University of Southern California (and School of Law)
  7. Chapman University (and School of Law)
  8. Loyola Marymount University (and School of Law)
  9. Pepperdine University (and School of Law)
  10. Santa Clara University (and School of Law)

Additional Partners:

  • The State Bar of California, Council on Access & Fairness
  • California Department of Education
  • California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
  • And local legal professionals (judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and all kinds of attorneys)

Is This Program for You?

ELAC is committed to providing its students with the skills and knowledge necessary for transfer to a four-year institution and beyond. For those students interested in a legal career, the Pathway will:

  • demystify law school with visits to law school classes, moot court competitions, bar events and scholarly presentations.
  • provide students with tutoring referrals, a designated counselor and a mentor who is an attorney.
  • provide students with opportunities to do internships and service learning.
  • provide students with opportunities to network with law students, attorneys, and one another.

This program is made possible by Christine Rodriguez, J.D., Founder and Emeritus Coordinator of the Pathway to Law School Program at East Los Angeles College.

How to Apply

To apply to the Pathway to Law School program, click here to access the ELAC Pathway to Law School Application Form. Please be sure to review the program requirements by clicking on the ELAC Pathway to Law School Pamphlet. Return the completed application and copy of transcripts to Dr. Kenneth Chaiprasert in F7-307. Or you can scan them and send them to him at @email

For more information about the Pathway to Law School program, contact program coordinator Dr. Kenneth Chaiprasert, J.D., Ph.D.(323) 415-5466.

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and when they fail in this purpose, they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Contact Us


Office: F7-307


Dr. Kenneth V. Chaiprasert, J.D., Ph.D., Coordinator of the Pathway to Law School Program
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 415-5466