To All Peoples College of Law Alumni, Current Student Body, Community Supporters, Professors–Past and Present:
Happy New Year! These are exciting moments for all those taking on the endeavors of a legal education. We are rapidly approaching the Baby Bar challenge and are preparing as an incoming class to assess the best way to tackle the challenge. The Senior class (4 candidates) is rapidly approaching the Bar Exam as well and serve as motivation for us as the Freshman class to know that it is achievable.
However, we are launching a new campaign for the incoming class of 15 freshmen to reach 100% participation in a Baby Bar review course of choice to ease the task at hand.
In order to reach this goal, we need your help! We are planning a fundraiser event to assist the entire freshman class to pay for the designated review course. This event will be held at the
Unurban Café 3301 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404 (details attached) on Saturday, March 9th from 6:00PM to Midnight.
In addition we are requesting alumni support as a flat donation, either one time donation, or monthly donations directly to the Peoples College of Law. Please help us with our endeavors and mandate for everyone to PASS so we may be able to launch the certification process that PCL deserves.
SI SE PUEDE!
Maria Romo MD.,
J.D. Candidate 2016
Héctor Peña Ramirez,
J.D. Candidate 2015
When & Where
for The Peoples College of Law
In the past, traditional legal institutions have mass-produced lawyers whose concept of lawyering consists of an elite organization dedicated to maintaining the national political-economic-social status quo, as well as the lawyer's superior position in it, by serving the rich or acting as legal functionaries for the State.
The Peoples College of Law hopes to educate people whose motivations are to the contrary--lawyers who will serve the communities of dispossessed and the disinherited.
If you want to become a deputy district attorney or work in the legal department of some corporation, don't waste your time and ours by applying. There are other schools for you--all the others.
Our law school's environment seeks to operate in accordance with these principles:
- - To develop a consciousness of the equality between all members of our school (students, staff and faculty) and between the school and the larger community we work with;
- - To integrate collectivity in order to lessen traditional concepts of competition. The College of Law exists as a result of the collective efforts of a coalition of organizations and people. Academic achievement is viewed similarly as the responsibility of all;
- - To offer an alternative to the institutionalization of the traditional values of elitism and professionalism.
We know that despite the rhetoric, non-whites and the poor are being squeezed out by the other law schools. Existing law schools at their worst destroy the development of socially conscious students, and at their best allow only a limited development of skills by a highly motivated and often select group. Traditional legal education almost uniformly teaches students the skills which are required to service the establishment; the non-establishment student, if not an outcast, is nevertheless segregated with a small group concerned with what are institutionally considered the marginal interests of society: poverty, civil rights, labor and criminal defense law, not to mention the pressing needs of this ailing Earth, and the wounds it has suffered at individual and corporate hands.
At the same time, increasingly higher admission standards, which are a function of an establishment tendency designed to limit access to socially and politically powerful skills, have effectively barred otherwise qualified applicants, - principally Women, Dream Students/Undocumented Students, the LGBT Community, Black People, Chican@s & Latin@s, South East Asians, Native Americans, the Poor, Workers and Immigrant Communities from the practice of law.
The Peoples College of Law will consciously gear its admission policies to accepting such peoples. Through curriculum, faculty, and extra curricular activities, it will promote the development and training of lawyers dedicated to assisting communities of oppressed peoples. So, if you want to serve the people and serve them well, and if you're willing to work hard to do it, join us.