You will need to gain the support of the broader legal community to organize a successful community college pathway pre-law program. Those in the private sector – solo practitioners, small to medium size law firms, and global law firms – can provide financial support for outreach events, administrative costs, and scholarships. Judges and attorneys, both private and public sector attorneys, can serve as mentors. Moreover, they can provide internship opportunities. All these opportunities will immensely enrich your students’ experience in the program.
Developing an Advisory Council
You should consider developing an Advisory Council composed of attorneys and judges from diverse backgrounds and subject-matter expertise. This Advisory Council should be large enough to represent the broader legal community in your area (e.g. government attorneys, private practitioners, in-house counsel), but small enough to be accountable and flexible. Please consider diversity broadly when inviting people onto the council, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, geography, and years of practice. Having a diverse Advisory Council will allow you to reach more members of the legal community and will attract different students to your program