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King Hall Outreach Program Wins State Bar Education Pipeline Award

News Posted on July 31, 2014

The King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) has been selected by the State Bar of California to receive the 2014 State Bar Education Pipeline Award. The honor recognizes outstanding efforts of legal education programs that train and support students to become interested in the judicial system and careers in law.

Established in 2001, KHOP is a unique program that helps first-generation college students and economically disadvantaged students prepare for the law school admissions process.  In addition to providing mentoring and pre-law advising during the school year, the program takes eligible college juniors and seniors through summer sessions in which they learn writing, analytical, and logical reasoning skills, and study techniques for taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), in addition to exploring career paths available to law school graduates.  

To date, 158 students have successfully completed the two-year program, and 183 students have completed at least one year. Of KHOP program alumni, 99 percent have graduated from a four-year institution. Forty-one percent are enrolled or have graduated from a law program.

"KHOP has been a vital component of UC Davis School of Law's efforts to increase diversity in legal education and the legal profession, and the King Hall community can take pride in knowing that KHOP makes a real difference in the lives of the program participants," said Kristen Mercado, King Hall's Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. "We are grateful to the State Bar for honoring the program and the School of Law with the Education Pipeline Award."

The award will be presented on September 13 at an awards reception during the State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego.