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California Bar Foundation Supports California Western Diversity Outreach Program

2013 Graduates of A.I.M. for Law at UC San Diego

In recognition of its investment in the next generation of lawyers, California Western recently received a grant from the California Bar Foundation to support the A.I.M. for Law program.

A.I.M. for Law, which stands for "Achieve. Inspire. Motivate.," works with sophomores at UC San Diego and San Diego State University to expand law school diversity, ensuring that the legal profession reflects a diverse society. The program is directed by Drew A. Lautemann ‘09, a California Western graduate and licensed attorney.

The highly selective program offers students the opportunity to meet with practicing attorneys and current law students to learn about preparing for law school. Throughout the semester, program participants meet once a week to study for the Law School Admissions Test, brief legal cases, and learn how to make legal arguments.

"A.I.M. for Law helps prospective law students develop a more informed understanding of the process of becoming a lawyer," says Marion Cloete, Director of Diversity Services at California Western. "We thank the California Bar Foundation for their support of our work to teach skills that support performance on the LSAT, an essential element of the law school application profile."

“I participated in the first semester of A.I.M. for Law, and I am now a third year student at California Western,” says Cindy Perez. “The program had a big impact on my decision to attend law school. Over the last three years I have watched the program grow to assist even more students.”

Those students include Sara Kimmich, a UC San Diego senior pursuing degrees in neuroscience and public law, and director of Tribal Government Affairs for the Associated Students.

“My first year in A.I.M. for Law really helped me focus in on what type of law I want to pursue in the future,” says Kimmich. “The program director worked to give me contacts in mental health law. Through this program, I have been able to get an early start on developing legal skills as an undergraduate and gaining invaluable contacts and experience.”

A.I.M. for Law graduates have gone on to successful law school careers at California Western, UC Hastings School of Law, Pepperdine, Washington and Lee, and more.

About the California Bar Foundation
Founded in 1990, the California State Bar Foundation is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the State Bar of California, dedicated to building a better justice system for all Californians. Through the voluntary donations of California lawyers and other donors and the contributions of our corporate sponsors, the Foundation distributes grants to nonprofit organizations, courts, and bar associations for law-related projects; awards scholarships to law school students committed to public service; promotes and encourages the philanthropic and charitable efforts of California's lawyers; and supports an array of other education and outreach programs.