Pathway to the Legal Profession Conference

Launched in 2016, Pathway to the Legal Profession is an annual legal admissions application conference founded by student members of the Black Student Initiative Fellowship and the Latinx Law Students Association. The program is sponsored by and planned in conjunction with Northwestern Law’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Engagement and the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. 

The purpose of the Pathway conference is to provide prospective law school applicants with a comprehensive overview of the law school application process and advice on how to successfully navigate that process from applicant to law student. The Pathway conference’s founding students, themselves students from diverse, non-traditional backgrounds, including first generation and students with limited means, desired to help attendees from similar backgrounds journey from applicant to law student to lawyer. Since its founding, several hundred potential applicants have attended Pathway conferences, and attendees successfully matriculated into law schools, including Northwestern Law.

In its current iteration, the Pathway conference continues to serve an important role of providing applicants with important information on their journey. The 2022 Pathway conference is planned by the Law School’s Black Student Initiative and Latinx Student Initiative Fellows in partnership with the Latinx Law Students Association, the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Engagement, and the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. For questions about the Pathway to the Legal Profession conference, please email

2022 Pathways Conference

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