UC Davis Today: Diversifying the legal profession

Miguel Zavala standing at a podium with the back of a man's head in the foreground

Diversifying the legal profession

Law: Preparing for success

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Produced by Kristen Simoes and Ken Zukin

The School of Law is welcoming students to the 2013 King Hall Outreach Program at the UC Davis School of Law. The program is designed to prepare first-generation college students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds for admission to and success in law school. 

Over two consecutive summers, students learn through coursework, observation, individual advising, and admission and career workshops. These are resources not typically found in their communities or households. 

KHOP emphasizes academic skills and practical information on:

•  Law School Admission Test (LSAT) study techniques

•  analytical and logical reasoning

•  general and legal writing skills

•  oral advocacy 

KHOP student Anissa Leong '14, UC Berkeley, says, "KHOP is one of the most rewarding experiences I have been involved with mainly because of the King Hall staff, law school tutors and fellow students I have met.

"It truly brings the best out of us participants and has connected me to peers that will be my support system throughout my future academic and professional career."

Through outreach programs like this, UC Davis School of Law is demonstrating its commitment to diversify the legal profession and to graduate lawyers with the highest standards of excellence, ethics and social responsibility. 

Miguel Zavala answers a judge's question during arguments about national healthcare in the King Hall courtroom as part of the KHOP summer  program. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo

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