Immigration law can feel like a confusing puzzle, but don’t worry, we’re here to help you understand your unique situation, figure out how you can get your papers and connect you to the support you need. Explore our resources, designed for and by undocumented people, to learn about your immigration options and the other U.S. laws that may impact your life.



Find out what your options are for gaining longer-term status.

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“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.

Be Honest When Filling Out the Intake

Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team

"I wish someone had told me to fill out the intake out when I was 18. I’m 22 now. If I hadn’t been afraid of telling people about my experiences, if I had been completely honest, I would already have U.S. citizenship now."

A World of Resources

Fellow, Legal Services Team

"The people working on the Immigrants Rising's Legal Intake Service do a really good job of including information that's relevant to you. It opens you up to a world that you may not have been aware of. And within that world there are links to other resources."

Change Takes Time

Fellow, Legal Services Team

"Things can change. You may find yourself eligible for something in the future. I was undocumented for almost 28 years. So it's a long process. But in the end, it's a positive process."

Convincing My Mom to Get Her Papers

Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team

"It was so difficult to convince my mom to go through without me. She felt like she was failing me. I told her, ‘No, mom. It’s the system that continues to fail us."

Finding A Space To Be Ourselves

Entrepreneur, Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team

"It was the first time that I was in a space where I could truly be myself. I felt safe and not ashamed and not scared to talk about my journey."

Denia Perez

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team, Scholar, Staff

"Immigrants are resourceful, resilient people who have the same dreams as generations who came before us"

Denia Perez

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team, Scholar, Staff

"Because I know how hard it is for people to get status, I wanted to find a way to advocate for other undocumented people"