Education Pipeline Initiative
The Pacific McGeorge Education Pipeline Program is a collaborative project designed to integrate analytical and rigorous law-themed courses, pedagogy, and programs into curricular and co-curricular activities at local K-12 schools.
The Education Pipeline SEAL (Scholars Expanding Authentic Learning) provides a host of opportunities for Pacific McGeorge law students to "live what they learn" while enriching the educational experience of young students in the community. Follow this link to learn more about these for-credit, resume-building volunteer opportunities.
- Guest Speaker (College/Motivational)
- Guest Teacher (Legal Studies)
- International Street Law Teacher
- Mock Trial Assistant Coach
- Mock Trial Co-Coach (New Program)
- Operation Protect and Defend
- Pacific McGeorge Dean's Educational Leadership Council
- Reading Partners Tutor
- Student Legal Advocacy Movement
- Youth Court Coordinator
The Education Pipeline Initiative (EPI) strives to increase the academic persistence and educational achievement of disadvantaged youth in the Sacramento area with an emphasis on law and leadership. Our aim is to redefine leadership through public service and education.
The University of the Pacific and Pacific McGeorge School of Law, in cooperation with many dedicated partners in the non-profit and legal community, provide co-curricular academic programs to increase the likelihood that disadvantaged students will obtain a college degree and attend graduate school, particularly law school. Students underrepresented in colleges and law schools are specifically targeted.
Law-themed learning activities are the foundation for the Pipeline program, which involves public school student interaction with law students, lawyers, judges, the law school environment and issues relating to justice and civic responsibility. At the elementary school level, reading improvement is the cornerstone Pipeline activity.
We believe every law school should create and sustain an Education Pipeline Initiative in its community. Why?
- Law school graduates account for a large proportion of the nation's leaders including all of our judges, 58% of members of the U.S. Senate, 40% members of the U.S. House, and 26 of 44 presidents. These facts emphasize the central role of law and our legal system of democracy. Without student body diversity, the law school mission of producing a broadly inclusive profession, capable of uniting our nation's powerful diversity, remains elusive. Yet today, law school graduates are predominantly white, with fewer than one in ten from a minority community.
- In the current competitive climate, where disadvantaged students do not present the credentials equal to other applicants, law schools cannot achieve a proportionally culturally diverse student population. This disparity reflects achievement and aspiration gaps that begin as early as preschool.
- To increase diversity, law schools must work beyond their gates to increase the qualified applicant pool of students who persist in rigorous academic work and stay in high school and college. To grow the pool of students interested in and qualified for admission to law school, we must direct our attention to the many points along the education pipeline.
- Law schools have significant resources to bring to bear on improving student quality, achievement, and aspiration. They can work with young students to instill confidence and produce the skills essential to law school and to increase student aspiration to persist in school from preschool to graduate school.
- At every point along the pipeline, participants benefit, personally and professionally.
- California Law Academy Strategic Task Force
- Downey Brand, LLP
- Keith J. Staten and Associates
- Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Charter High School (NP3 High)
- Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Charter Middle School (NP3 Middle)
- Operation Protect and Defend/Sacramento Bar Association
- Pam and Kit Henderson — Margaret Deterding Fund
- Sacramento Charter High School
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
- University of the Pacific, Benerd School of Education
Explore the Education Pipeline Initiative
Contact Christine Minero, Pipeline Director
Email | 916.739.7012