Meet our Law School
Edwin Gonzalez (He/Him)
Edwin grew up in San Diego and is a first-generation college student currently in his second year at Berkeley Law. After graduating from UC San Diego in 2010 as a Literature major, he joined Teach For America and moved to New York City. There, he earned a master’s degree in education and spent seven years working at low-income schools in Brooklyn. During that time, Edwin also helped train the organization’s curriculum instructors. In 2017, gearing up for a new career in international law, he moved to Frankfurt, Germany.
While living abroad, Edwin prepared for and completed the law school application process, flying back to New York City to take the LSAT. With UC Berkeley as his North Star, he applied through the school’s binding early decision program, which offers an automatic $75K scholarship. In July 2019 he returned to California to start his studies. At Berkeley Law, Edwin is focusing on international business law. He is also involved in affinity groups such as La Raza Law Students’ Association and Queer Caucus.
Joseph Lindsey (He/Him)
Joseph Lindsay is the Associate Director of Admissions and Scholarship Programs at Berkeley Law. Joseph previously served as the Director of Financial Aid at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State for 10+ years, and most recently as an Admissions Coordinator at Texas A&M University School of Law in the Office of Admissions. In years past, he was an instructor for the Future Sun Devils Program and ASU’s Upward Bound Program for first-generation and/or low-income college-bound students. He currently serves as a facilitator for the Pathways to Law Program for Native Students and he is the incoming Co-Chair for Berkeley's Native American Staff Council. Joseph attended Arizona State University and is originally from the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation in Parker, Arizona.
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The Central Valley Scholars Law School Webinar, hosted by Edwin Gonzalez and Joseph Lindsay, will focus on the law school experience, strategizing for the LSAT, navigating the application process, the nuts & bolts of financial aid, and how to (finally!) select a school after receiving offers.
UC Law Fellows
"The program format is made up of several components and includes a series of Saturday Academies held at the law school. These academies offer professional-level instruction by UCLA Law faculty in which Law Fellows are exposed to cases and a variety of other materials taught in law school. In addition to the academic enrichment component, all Fellows are assigned law student themtors with whom they will interact throughout the year. Informative seminars and panel discussions, designed to demystify the law school experience, are led by staff, alumni, and other members of the legal community. Finally, participants complete a J.D. Action Plan and meet with the directors of the program regularly, often over the course of several years, until they matriculate to law school and beyond, receiving continuous academic support, themtoring counseling, and career guidance."
POC Law Conference
"Since its founding in 2000, For People of Color, Inc. (“FPOC”) has provided free, high-quality law school admissions consulting services to thousands of prospective law school applicants. FPOC is widely recognized as a leader in its efforts to diversify the profession. Its workshops and publications are credited with assisting students gain admission to the country’s most selective law schools. Our mission is to employ our cultural perspectives and collective experiences to pave a path for people of color to higher education through personal empowerment and progressive education policies. This commitment stems from our personal stake in ensuring the academic, professional, and social success of our communities."
California Change Lawyers
"California ChangeLawyers was founded in 1989 by the State Bar of California as California Bar Foundation. In 2015, California Bar Foundation became an independent organization and in 2018, it changed names to California ChangeLawyers. Through the organization's history, its mission has never changed: build a better justice system for all Californians."
Law School Application Guide
Huge shout out to our guest speaker Edwin for making a summary of the law school application to help you throughout the process! You can download his form below.