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UC Davis School of Law’s outreach program honored with ABA’s Alexander Award

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UC Davis School of Law’s outreach program honored with ABA’s Alexander Award

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2016 – The American Bar Association Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline has selected the University of California Davis School of Law’s King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) as the recipient of its 2016 Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award For Excellence in Pipeline Diversity.

The award, which recognizes exemplary leadership in pipeline work by an individual or organization, will be presented at the ABA Midyear Meeting on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The award honors those demonstrating success working along the educational pipeline in a collaborative approach involving more than one segment of the continuum from K12 to high school to college to law school to the practice.

“The University of California Davis School of Law’s King Hall Outreach Program is an example of pipeline programming that optimizes the kind of efforts that the Pipeline Council hopes to continue to encourage and foster,” Council Chair Kenneth G. Standard said.

KHOP, established in 2001, is a unique program that helps first-generation college students and economically disadvantaged students prepare for the law school admissions process.  In addition to providing mentoring and pre-law advising during the school year, the program takes eligible college juniors and seniors through summer sessions in which they learn writing, analytical and logical reasoning skills and study techniques for taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), in addition to exploring career paths available to law school graduates.  

To date, 240 students have successfully completed the two-year program, and 100 students have completed at least one year. Among KHOP program alumni, 99 percent have graduated from a four-year institution. Forty-one percent are enrolled or have graduated from a law program. In 2014, the KHOP received the California State Bar Education Pipeline Award for its role in diversifying the legal profession.

KHOP consists of a Winter Session (held in January/February) and Summer Session (July/August).

The ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline acts as programmatic incubator for activities that foster a more diverse educational pipeline into the legal profession and provide a forum to address these issues in our educational systems and the legal profession.

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