Abstract

Undergraduate institutions, on their own and in partnership with law schools, can and should play a more significant role in expanding the pool of law school applicants from non-traditional backgrounds. The Law and Diversity Program at Western Washington University was conceived out of this desire to prepare non-traditional students for the study of law and thereby help bring more diversity to the legal profession. This article discusses the model used by the Law and Diversity Program to prepare non-traditional students for law school and the program's success in accomplishing its goals. It was the hope of the author to create a model program from which other institutions could borrow. The model is particularly well-suited for undergraduate institutions that can draw on the faculty, library, and other resources of a law school to enrich the program's offerings. While the program focuses primarily on pre-law preparation for minority and other disadvantaged students, the article discusses how the model, or portions of it, may be applied successfully in preparing any group of students for law study.