As the number of first-generation college and graduate school students continues to rise, law schools have a responsibility to provide programming and support for first generation professionals. Academic, financial and psycho-social barriers play a role in the success of a first-generation student’s law school and subsequent legal career experience. By first identifying common barriers to success in the legal profession, schools can move to developing strategies to address these barriers. Depending upon the type of law school and its culture, there are multiple ways that schools can provide such services and tools to its students including through targeted professional development programming, peer or alumni mentoring, or collaboration with faculty and administration.
Alison F. Lintal, Supporting First Generation Professionals NALP Bull. (2017).