Funding needs for community college pre-law pathway programs vary. Unlike pre-law programs targeting students attending four-year colleges, which oftentimes focus on funding for bar preparation courses, scholarships, and law school application fee waivers, costs for a community college pre-law program are generally associated with programming. Examples include:
- Refreshments/meals associated with meetings, receptions or speaker events.
- Public transit or private coaches/buses costs for outings to courthouses, law firms or other off-campus events.
- Sponsoring students to attend legal-related conferences, such as those hosted by state-wide or national bar associations.
- Copying and other clerical related costs.
Obtaining funding or assistance from the community college itself should be your first stop. For example, your college could “fund” your program by providing a dedicated meeting space. And as your community college pre-law program develops, the college may also dedicate a community college employee or professor to assist with the program.