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The COAF Scholars

Chaffey College COAF Scholars enroll in courses that prepare them for success in law school. The required courses have been identified by the Council on Access and Fairness based on empirical studies of factors important to lawyers' effectiveness. Students interested in a career in law should also complete coursework for an Associate's Degree and an academic major leading to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Pre-Law COAF Scholars major in the subject(s) of their choice, while strengthening their abilities in areas that are associated with success in law school and the practice of law. In addition to completing the required courses, students must complete all major prerequisites for his/her major as required by the participating undergraduate institutions and must transfer successfully to one of the participating universities.

Unlike medical schools or other graduate programs, law schools do not have any undergraduate course requirements. They seek to assemble a diverse group of students with different backgrounds and undergraduate majors. As a result, college graduates with any undergraduate major may achieve admission to law school. Although law schools do not have specific undergraduate requirements, some legal specialties are limited to lawyers possessing certain types of undergraduate or graduate degrees. For example, patent lawyers are typically required to have a degree in engineering or the sciences.

Participants must at all times be in good academic standing as defined by each educational institution attended; must never be on academic probation or suspension or in violation of student conduct codes; and must at no time fall below the standards of ethics or behavior that would prevent admission to the State Bar of California. Students should contact the State Bar of California and/or the equivalent licensing organizations in the jurisdiction(s) where they intend to practice to determine the applicable character, fitness, and other qualifications necessary for licensure.

COAF Scholars must also complete the seven required courses specified by the Council on Access and Fairness.

For more information Pre-Law Studies contact:
David Karp, Professor, Business and Business Law at 909/652-6846
Abel Chen, Professor, Business, Business Law, Paralegal at 909/652-6847

Rev. 4/15/15

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