Pre-Law Students

FCC currently has two exciting options for students interested in studying law:

  1. Students of any major can be a part of a statewide program called Pathway to Law School by enrolling in and getting A’s or B’s in the “Required Pathway Courses” below;
  2. Students can get an A.A. Degree in Interdisciplinary Pre-Law Studies, which is a degree consisting of courses specifically selected for their value in preparing students for law school and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

FCC has partnerships with law schools locally and throughout the state, as described below.


Established by the CA State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness, this initiative provides a direct pathway into law school for students who start their education at Fresno City College.  

The Community College Pathway to Law School initiative is a partnership among 29 of the state’s community colleges and nine* law schools along with their respective undergraduate institutions. *

CAL-LAW Scholars will be given special admissions consideration when they apply to partnering law schools listed below.  

Students studying law

In addition, students will be provided with outreach from these schools, along with financial aid counseling and assistance with LSAT preparation.

In between FCC and law school, Law Pathways students must get their Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university, not limited to the participating schools.


FCC is proud to partner with CSU Fresno and San Joaquin College of Law (SJCL). FCC students who wish to stay in the San Joaquin Valley for law school can begin achieving their career goals now by getting an A.A. Degree in Interdisciplinary Pre-Law Studies or by taking the “Required Pathway Courses”. Upon transferring to Fresno State, students in this special regional partnership will be able to major in Philosophy (pre-law) and/or to achieve a Certificate in Law and Humanities. Local Partnership students will be granted preferential admissions consideration at SJCL.


California LAW, Inc. is the statewide organization that was created to oversee and coordinate this Pathway to Law School program. To qualify as a “CAL-LAW Scholar” a student must:

  • Attend Fresno City College
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Successfully complete the Required Pathway Courses

Before admission into the program, a student must attend a Pathway to Law School orientation, submit an application, and agree to release information pertinent to the program.

For more information, visit the California LAW website:


Complete Law School Pathways Application


To be a CAL-LAW Scholar, students of ANY MAJOR must take the following courses:

  • ENG 1A or 1AH- Reading and Composition
  • AMST 11- Law and Democracy
  • POLI SCI 2 or 2H- American Government
  • PHIL 2 or 2H- Critical Reasoning and Analytic Writing or ENG 3 or 3H- Critical Reading and Writing
  • COMM 4- Persuasion or COMM 25- Argumentation
  • MATH 42- Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences or MATH 11- Elementary Statistics
  • HIST 11- History of the U.S. to 1877 or HIST 12 or 12H- History of the U.S. since 1877
  • COUN 53- College and Life Management
  • COUN 54- Civic Responsibility and Leadership (1 unit)


Support for students at FCC will include:

  • Mentoring from legal professionals
  • Early exposure to the legal profession
  • Financial aid and career counseling
  • Internship/service learning opportunities
  • Potential scholarship opportunities
  • Resources for LSAT preparation
  • College & university success courses
  • Individualized counseling
  • Networking opportunities
  • Participation in FCC’s “Law Pathway Club”
  • Assistance with and information about the law school admissions process

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To see recommended courses, see the Catalog.  To see upcoming scheduled classes, see the Schedule of Classes


To apply or learn more, email Law Pathways counselor Logan Tennerelli, J.D., M.S., at