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UC Davis School of Law Reaches Out to the Next Generation: The King Hall Outreach Program Summer Session 2017

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jul 10, 2017

Established in 2001, the King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) is a unique initiative that helps college students from underrepresented communities prepare for the law school admissions process.  In addition to providing mentoring and pre-law advising during the school year, the program hosts eligible college juniors and seniors for a series of weekend sessions in which students gain valuable knowledge about the law school admission process, learn writing, analytical, and logical reasoning skills, develop study techniques for taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and explore career paths available to law school graduates.  

This Saturday was the first day of the Summer Session 2017.  We had an incredible group of undergraduates from UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Merced, CSU East Bay, CSU Sacramento, CSU Stanislaus, University of the Pacific , and Bethune-Cookman University (Florida). 

In the first session, students got tips on the law school application process from admissions experts and heard about financial aid professionals about financing a legal education.  Immediately before lunch, I spoke to the group and told them about the special community at UC Davis School of Law, the commitment to the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and our devotion to first generation law students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.   

Over the summer, the KHOP students will meet a group of current law students, including co-chair of La Raza Law Students Association Jessica Martinez ’19, Juan Gamboa ’19, and Angel Castro ’18 (all former KHOP participants), receive instruction on the Law School Admissions Test, visit a law firm, meet attorneys, and much more. 

One of our alums (and one of my former civil procedure students), Grace Arupo-Rodriguez ’02, who works in Governor Jerry Brown's office, will speak to the KHOP students this summer.

I had lunch with this enthusiastic group of students.  We talked about law school admissions and the challenges of law school.  The students expressed great interest in current developments in U.S. immigration law and policy under President Trump.  I talked about the strength of the law faculty in immigration law, the great work of the Immigration Law Clinic (and our clinical programs generally), and the great student interest in immigration matters.

The KHOP program has brought incredibly talented students to UC Davis School of Law.  Many have attended law school and are now attorneys. After meeting this amazing group of students, I am confident about the future of the legal profession.