Pathways provides insight about the law and the legal profession to high school students, in hopes of encouraging talented and diverse students to consider a legal career. Pathways offers resources in multiple formats to enhance and support course curriculums in law, history, civics, STEM, or government.
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The mission of Pathways is to create a sustainable pipeline of students from high school to college, and, thereafter, to law school and the practice of law. We seek to serve high school students from economically challenged school districts and towns, students who identify as racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ students, first generation students, and women. Our goal is to provide resources and information about careers in law. We hope to inspire successful engagement with mentors, provide easily accessible information about higher education, expose students to lawyers from a variety of practice areas, and foster the academic and professional development necessary for a career in law.


  • Create an opportunity for diverse and talented students to learn the skills for a career in law. The program will discuss the core competencies for a career in law, as outlined by the American Bar Association, including problem solving, critical reading, writing and editing, oral communication and listening.
  • Provide access to law students, attorneys, and judges who will serve as discussion leaders at Pathways events and possible long term mentors for students interested in pursuing a legal career.
  • Shape a pathway to a career in law. Students will be provided guidance on the academic path to law school, including 2-year and 4-year college options. In addition, student will be given information on scholarships, financial aid, and other avenues available to help fund their educations.


Student Resources

Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid


College Search Tools:

College Majors 101
College Insight
The Institute for College Access & Success
College Board
National Center for Education Statistics
College Results Online

Writing Guides:

Online Writing Guides (OWL) - Perdue University

Study Guides:

Study Stack
Marinara Timer

SAT Prep:

College Board

Find out if your school library carries SAT prep books or if schools near you are offering practice SATs to help you prepare.

LSAT Prep:

Law School Admissions Council

Find out if your school’s library carries LSAT prep books. There are also LSAT prep guides online and available for purchase through Amazon, for instance.


LAW Camp, which stands for Love to Learn, Apply Yourself, and Work for Justice, was created for New Haven teens, by Attorney Sung-ho Hwang and Judge Angela Robinson. The program provides teens with the opportunity to learn about the legal profession by working with law students, law professors, law clerks, practicing lawyers and judges, and includes a series of workshops, panel discussions and a mock trial. The teens are selected from LEAP’s Leaders-In-Training program.

Civics First is a private, non-profit association that promotes and conducts law-related education programs and projects in Connecticut’s public and private schools, courtrooms and communities. Its goal is the incorporation of citizenship education into the curriculum of all schools, from kindergarten through high school. Established in 1976, Civics First is co-sponsored by the active participation of a number of private and public groups throughout the state.

 CHRO hosts Kids’ Speak each year and brings together kids from across the state to discuss ways that the law impacts them, allows them the opportunity to speak out about issues that impact them and otherwise engage in the conversation around equality.


Mock Trials

Debate Teams

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