“Growing up undocumented, I always dreamed about going to law school so I could help my community. While I wish I could have benefited from this type of support when I was applying to law school, I can’t wait to be a mentor to our first Pre-Law Fund recipients!” — Denia Perez, Deportation Defense Attorney, Pre-Law Fund Mentor

Immigrants Rising’s Pre-Law Fund will provide financial support of up to $2,500 to low-income immigrants who are planning to attend law school. Grants will cover LSAT preparation (courses, tutoring, self-study materials, etc) and law school application fees. In addition to financial support, recipients will be connected to Immigrants Rising’s network of legal professionals.


  • Foreign-born
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Do not have permanent residency (green card) or citizenship in the U.S.
  • Currently attending or have graduated from a college or university
  • Intend to enroll in an accredited law school in Fall 2021
  • At least a 3.0 GPA or equivalent on a 4.0 scale in college (or provide an explanation of extenuating circumstances if GPA is lower than 3.0)


You must fulfill at least one of the following:

  • Have graduated from a California high school
  • Have graduated (or intend to graduate) from a California college or university

The application is currently closed. The deadline for all application materials was Wednesday, March 4, 2020.



The Pre-Law Fund is made possible because of the generous financial support of these incredible donors: Kathryn Abrams, Jonathan Blazer, Tanya Broder & Ted Wang, Marc Chambers, DeYoe Wealth Management, Inc. (in honor of Helen Lawrence), Stefano DeZerega & Johanna Hartwig, Yuen & Sandra Gin, The Arturo & Rosa González Family Giving Fund, The Larry Hillblom Foundation, Christine Hoang & Paul Nakada, Barry Hovis, Elizabeth J. Kramer Charitable Fund, Francine J. Lipman, Michael A. Olivas & Augustina H. Reyes, Snehal Patel & Ami Sanghvi, and Christopher & Jeannie Rhee.

Want to make a donation to support the Pre-Law Fund? Please contact Katharine Gin.