Paulina Ruiz

Scholar

"As someone who is both disabled and undocumented, I’ve always wanted to become a lawyer in order to be my own voice and advocate for my own community."

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Ju Hong

Leadership Council, Scholar

"I've had DACA since 2012. I've been undocumented since 2001. And I'm 31 years old and I want to have peace of mind and live a normal life."

Karen Hernandez

Scholar

"I moved to Canada because I eventually want to have kids and I couldn’t see that happening in the States."




Are you applying, re-entering or already enrolled in a California college or university? Make sure you’re getting all the funding you’re eligible for and the support you need with these helpful resources designed for undocumented individuals pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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California Dream Act Overview

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QUICK GUIDE TO COLLEGE ACCESS
Take a look at these resources on CA in-state tuition eligibility, financial aid, and scholarships.

CA DREAM ACT MAP
Navigate the process of applying for financial aid with this helpful tool.

CA DREAM ACT AND CAL GRANT APPLICATION CHECKLISTS
Review these checklists to ensure that you’ve completed the necessary steps to be considered for all state financial aid, including the Cal Grant and Middle-Class Scholarship.

APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Explore these online databases of scholarships that don’t require proof of citizenship.

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Women’s March San Francisco 2020

Inclusion & Change Group, Scholar, Staff

"I march in gratitude for educators like Rosa Maria, my ESL teacher from Costa Rica, whom I met in Los Angeles when I was 17," said Marithza. "Her classroom was the only safe place that I had; it was the only place where I felt heard and seen. I left Rosa Maria’s class a year later with a new language, a new community and a commitment to my education."

“I realized that I am not alone on this journey. So many other undocumented folks also want to become lawyers.” — Stephanie Medina, Pre-Law Fund Grantee

"I realized that I am not alone on this journey. So many other undocumented folks also want to become lawyers." — Stephanie Medina, Pre-Law Fund Grantee

Immigrants Rising’s Pre-Law Fund will provide grants to low-income immigrants who are planning to attend law school. We provide grants of up to $2,500 to 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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must have participated in all 4 days of Immigrants Rising’s Pre-Law Bootcamp
  • 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 apply to law school in Fall 2022
  • 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)

Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. PT on Monday, April 11, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions
Application Instructions
Letter of Recommendation Instructions


THANK YOU!

This year’s Pre-Law Fund is made possible because of the generous financial support of these incredible donors: Kathryn Abrams, Tanya Broder & Theodore Wang, Yuen & Sandra Gin, The Arturo & Rosa González Family Giving Fund, Johanna Hartwig & Stefano DeZerega, Barry Hovis, Elizabeth J. Kramer Charitable Fund, Francine Lipman, Nakada Hoang Donor Advised Fund, Snehal Patel & Ami Sanghvi, Jorge Ramos, Jeannie & Christopher Rhee, Stephen & Zorinne Schwartz Family Fund, Jay Sherwin, Margaret Wong, and Steve Yale-Loehr.

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

Maritza

Inclusion & Change Group, Scholar

"I couldn't believe it. I could breathe again."

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"