Pathway to the Legal Profession Conference

 Pathway to the Legal Profession Conference

Launched in 2016, Pathway to the Legal Profession is an annual legal admissions application conference founded by student members of the Black Student Initiative Fellowship and the Latino Law Students Association.  The program is sponsored by and planned in conjunction with Northwestern Law’s Office of Inclusion & Engagement and the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. 

The purpose of the Pathway conference is to provide prospective law school applicants with a comprehensive overview of the law school application process and advice on how to successfully navigate that process from applicant to law student.  The Pathway conference’s founding students, themselves students from diverse, non-traditional backgrounds, including first generation and students with limited means, desired to help attendees from similar backgrounds journey from applicant to law student to lawyer.  Since its founding, several hundred potential applicants have attended Pathway conferences, and attendees successfully matriculated into law schools, including Northwestern Law.

In its current iteration, the Pathway conference continues to serve an important role of providing applicants with important information on their journey.  The 2020-2021 Pathway conference is planned by the Law School’s Black Student Initiative and Latinx Student Initiative Fellows in partnership with the Latino Law Students Association, the Office of Inclusion & Engagement, and the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid.  For questions about the Pathway to the Legal Profession conference, please email diversity@law.northwestern.edu

Meet the Fellows

Chloe R. Edmonds

Chloe R. Edmonds

Chloe R. Edmonds is from East Greenwich, RI. She graduated from Keene State College in NH in 2014 with a Bachelors in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and American studies with a focus on African American Literature. After obtaining her BA, Chloe received her Masters of Arts from Georgetown University in Conflict Resolution with a certificate in Humanitarian Emergencies. During her time in DC, Chloe focused primarily on International Law and organizations and their treatment of refugees and minority populations in humanitarian crises. Chloe Worked for Georgetown University for two years prior to joining the Northwestern Community. Since beginning at Northwestern Law, Chloe has served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Black Law Student Association, and founded Invisible Identities, an organization meant to support and empower students with disabilities and accommodation needs at Northwestern Law. This year, Chloe is the Diversity Editor for the Northwestern University Law Review, works with the MacArthur Justice Center’s Civil Rights Litigation Clinic along with being an APex advisor and a Northstar Mentor. After law school, Chloe will be working for a Big International Law firm in New York.

Cyerra McGowan

Cyerra McGowan

Cyerra McGowan was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL. She graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations. After college, Cyerra moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she spent two years working for the Boeing Company as a participant in a Human Resources rotational program. Since being at Northwestern, Cyerra has served as President for the Black Law Students Association and Treasurer of Moot Court Society. This year she is an Academic and Professional Excellence advisor, the 3L advisor to the Student Bar Association, and a Chicago Bar Association Racial Justice Coalition member. After law school Cyerra will be working for a Big Law firm in Chicago.

Ericka Martinez

Ericka Martinez

Ericka Martinez was born in Anaheim, California. Ericka’s parents migrated to the United States from Nayarit, Mexico. In 2013, Ericka earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Before attending aw school, Ericka took four years off of school and worked as Program Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire. Ericka served as the V.P. of Academic Affairs for the Latinx Law Student Association at Northwestern for the 2019/2020 school year. After law school Ericka will join the corporate group of a big law firm in California. Ericka enjoys hiking, trying new foods and visiting her family in Mexico.

Mariah A. Young

Mariah A. Young

Mariah A. Young was born and raised in southern Virginia. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2015 with a degree in Journalism and Political Science. After college, she moved to Washington DC where she spent time working in communications and as a paralegal at a large DC law firm. Since being at Northwestern, Mariah served as Vice President of Communications and Community Outreach for the Black Law Students Association and the Co-President of the Diversity Coalition. This year she is the Managing Online Editor and Managing Criminology Editor for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Co-chair for the Miner Moot Court Competition and doing work with the MacArthur Justice Center’s Civil Litigation Clinic here at Northwestern. After law school she will be clerking in the Northern District of Illinois.

Natalie Guio

Natalie Guio

Natalie Guio was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the West Suburbs of Chicago. Natalie’s parents immigrated to the United States from Colombia, South America. Natalie took time off after high school and worked full-time, then completed a year at community college before attending DePaul University. Natalie majored in public relations and advertising with a legal communications minor and will be practicing intellectual property law after graduation. Natalie has served as the President of the Latinx Law Student Association and the Director of Faculty Engagement of the Intellectual Property Law Society at Northwestern. Natalie is also an Executive Editor on Northwestern’s Journal of International Law and Business. Outside of school, Natalie enjoys going to the movies and spending time with her family and three-year-old dog, Marvin!

Walter García

Walter Garcia

Walter García is the proud son of Mexican immigrants. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he graduated from Brown University in 2014, becoming the first in his family to earn a college degree. In light of his commitment to public service, Walter thereafter moved to Washington D.C., where he worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of State, and the Democratic National Committee. Walter then returned to the West Coast to serve as Press Secretary to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra—an experience that ultimately inspired him to apply to law school. During his 1L summer, Walter was a Law Clerk on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Kamala Harris, and during his 2L summer, Walter was a summer associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Downtown Los Angeles (virtually, of course)!