By Christophe B. Carbot
The Association of American Law Schools has appointed CRF Law Path to the Legal Profession Program the recipient of his Programmatic Change-Maker Award.
The award – awarded annually by the AALS Section on Pre-Law and Law School Admission, recognizes programs that have created structural and systemic changes to increase access to legal education and to diversify the legal profession. The award will be presented at the Section’s virtual meeting on December 9th.
“The success of FIU Law Path is directly attributed to the commitment and support of the entire law school as well as the collective hard work and dedication of our Law Path Fellows to academic success,” said the Program Founder, Senior Associate Dean Michelle Mason. âMy goal in launching this program was to facilitate access to legal training and the profession. Fortunately, we do, and we are grateful to the AALS for recognizing our efforts.
Law Path has gained universal renown in the legal community since its inception. Launched in 2019 with a grant from the AccessLex Center for Excellence in Legal Education, the main goal of Law Path is to increase the enrollment of low-income groups, first-generation minorities and other traditionally underprivileged groups. represented in law schools.
The program introduces students to the fundamental components of the American legal system – the (Socratic) case method, legal writing and analysis, and critical thinking and analysis are the three pillars of its academic program – as well as opportunities develop many soft skills necessary for success. in law school, including courses in leadership, wellness and professional responsibility.
Law Path will enroll its fourth cohort in the summer of 2022 and is offered free to students. Dozens of FIU faculty and staff – themselves comprising one of the most diverse law school communities in the country – teach and provide administrative support to the program on a voluntary basis.
âIt is encouraging to see the impact of Law Path over its first three years,â said Dean Antony Page. âImproving access to the legal profession is an essential means of improving access to justice. Thanks to Dean Mason’s vision and persistence in leading the program, Law Path graduates are enrolling in outstanding law schools, including FIU Law, across the country with strategies and skills for help succeed both as students and, ultimately, as lawyers.