Pre-Law Pathway


Research Note: Using Experiential Learning in a Pipeline to Careers in Law Program for First-Generation University Women

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Law Review Article

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diversity pathway programs, best practices


Diversity pipeline programs are not addressing hidden obstacles to student success such as feelings of isolation and fear of success. DiMola & Lowe describe a pipeline program with three unique features; catering solely to women, examining multiple legal career pathways outside of law school, and is provided by a liberal arts school instead of a law school. The researchers asked the question ‘can pipelines to law schools programs be more effective by adapting the best practices, identified for pipeline to legal profession programs, into an experiential learning format?’ They concluded that the best practices for a pipeline included both academic skill building and mentoring, networking, and financial literacy.