Joining the pre-law listserv
By joining the pre-law listserv, you will receive information about pre-law events on campus such as panels, presentations, workshops and important information about getting connected to fields of law. To join the listserve, follow the two steps below.
- First, declare LAW as your pre-professional emphasis on GOLD as follows: ABOUT ME>My Personal Info>Pre-Professional Emphasis:LAW, then click on Update. This will make sure that you are always in the pre-law listserv, even as it is periodically updated.
- Then, email email@example.com to ask to be added to the interim pre-law listserv before the next update. If you only do this, and not the first step, your name would be dropped when the list is updated, so please make sure to follow both of these steps.
(Please note: if you are a current student that declared LAW as your pre-professional emphasis prior to September 2, 2020, you are already on the listserv)
UCSB Career Services This office offers additional avenues for pre-law advising (see list of advising topics below) and for exploring topics related to law school and the legal profession.
- Additional law school events
- Career information and planning
- Guidance in choosing a career
- Interest assessment tools
- Information about other professional and graduate schools
- Test preparation resources
CLAS (Campus Learning Assistance Services) CLAS offers tutorial groups and academic skills workshops, as well as one-on-one writing and academic coaching appointments. Visit the MyCLAS website to enroll online.
Legal Education Association for Diversity (LEAD) LEAD provides mentorships, networking, resources, and information to students of color who are interested in pursuing a law school education.
Mock Trial Team Mock Trial allows undergraduate students to take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses, acting out a fictitious case while competing against the mock trial teams of other universities.
Phi Alpha Delta (P.A.D.) Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity is a co-ed organization with alumni chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. P.A.D. provides a strong community for students interested in pursuing a career in legal, professional, or public service.
Law School Application Assistance
LSAC (The Law School Admissions Council) Create a student account with LSAC to register for the LSAT online, receive your scores via e-mail, assemble credentials, track your applications, and more.
LSAC Fee Waivers for the LSAT and CAS (The Law School Admissions Council) Available for law school candidates who cannot afford to pay for the LSAT and the Credential Assembly Service. This program is part of their mission to reduce barriers for determined law school applicants.
- Graduate Program Testing Fees: (e.g., CBEST, GRE, GMAT, MCAT & LSAT) grants are available only after documentation has been submitted which indicates that a waiver of such a fee [by the LSAC, see above] is not possible. Please see EOP for additional information.
- Graduate/Professional Program Application Fees: Grants to Offset Graduate/Professional Program Application Fees (with a maximum of five applications) will be granted only if the student can provide documentation that indicates that a waiver of such a fee [by a law school] is not possible or that it has been denied. Please see EOP for additional information.
NALP (The Association for Legal Career Professionals) NALP is a professional organization that offers career counseling and planning, professional development, and other services to law students, lawyers, and its members.
ABA (American Bar Association) - Comprehensive Bar Admissions Requirements. The ABA site provides information about bar admissions guidelines, which vary from state to state.
The State Bar of California Of the UCSB graduates who eventually pursue the legal profession, a large number take the California Bar Examination. Visit the State Bar of California’s website to learn about the bar admission requirements, pass rate statistics, and more.
Please note that UCSB is not affiliated with any of these programs and we cannot guarantee any of the information contained within these resources. They are provided for students to investigate and connect with the resources that fit their needs.
- Academically Based Law School Pipeline Programs Compiled by the UCLA Law’s Academic Outreach Center (updated April 13, 2020. Please note: this information was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and accessibility may vary).
- Financial Resources for DACA Students Compiled by the West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools in collaboration with UC Law Schools (updated January 2020)
- Immigrants Rising Pre-Law Fund See site for eligibility. Grants will cover LSAT preparation (courses, tutoring, self-study materials, etc) and law school application fees. In addition to financial support, recipients will be connected to Immigrants Rising's network of legal professionals (updated January 2020).
- The Lawyers of Distinction Scholarship was founded to help college students achieve their dreams without having to worry about the financial burden of whether or not they will be able to afford school (updated September, 2020).
- The Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation issues a number of scholarships each year of varying amounts ($1,500 – $3,500) to law students of all genders. Scholarship applicants are evaluated based on a multitude of factors (updated September 2020).
- Fastweb Connection to scholarships, financial aid, and more.
- AccessLex Financial education resources for students.
- Student Loan Repayment and Forgiveness A resource compiled by the ABA providing an overview of student loan repayment and forgiveness options.