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Pre-Law Program

Joel Westra and students

Considering a career in the legal profession

Calvin's pre-law program can help you to make the most of your liberal arts education at Calvin. The pre-law program will provide you with the resources you need to discover whether a career in the legal profession is appropriate for you and help you prepare to enter the field of law.

Pre-law is a specialization within a chosen major for students at Calvin; there is no pre-law major, per se and as such, there are no required pre-law courses. Instead, students select a major field of study in an area of interest to them as they prepare to attend law school after earning their four year degree. Law schools accept undergraduate degrees in various fields and interests, with the specific training in the "major" of law taking place in law school.

Coming Up .....

Making the Transition to Law School

An informal reception, panel discussion, and presentation about a new scholarship available only to Calvin students will be included in this event at Cooley Law School's downtown Grand Rapids campus on September 24, 2014 from 4 to 5:30 pm. This is an excellent opportunity to see what law school is actually like, and to hear about possible financial assistance options for students. Transportation will be available between Calvin and the event, but you must RSVP to Ellen Hekman by September 19! [For more information]

News and Updates.....

Calvin Student Serena Hamann interns at Varnum Law for spring, 2014

Check out internship opportunities for Pre-law Students.

Calvin Alumnus Nate Knapper
serves on
Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking

As a member of the Commission, former Calvin student Knapper was tasked with researching and composing the final report of an eight-month investigation into the crime of human trafficking and its prevalence in Michigan. According to Knapper, Assistant Attorney General serving in the Michigan Department of the Attorney General, because of the hidden, subversive nature of the crime, public education and awareness is a major piece of the state's comprehensive prevention strategy. See the report.

Calvin students taking the LSAT in 2012-13 received an average score of 160.4, the equivalent of scoring in the 81st percentile nationally!

What we offer


Next LSAT at Calvin
will be Saturday, September 27, 2014

Next MPRE at Calvin
will be Saturday, November 1, 2014

To enroll in Calvin's Pre-Law List Serve, contact the Academic Office and ask to be placed on the pre-law e-mail list while you are declaring a Pre-Law Specialization.

Pre-law as a specialization (not a major) at Calvin

While pre-law is not a major at Calvin, when you declare a "pre-law specialization" we will provide you with advice, preparation, and course recommendations which will help you determine whether the legal field is right for you, as well as how to proceed with a career in law.

Contact the Academic Services Office and request to declare a pre-law specialization. You will be placed on the pre-law e-mail list to receive additional information about events and programs, and Dr. Joel Westra will be added as an additional faculty advisor on your behalf.

Law School Recruiters Visiting Calvin

More upcoming events>

FREE online Practice Test for the LSAT available from Kaplan Testing Services


Pre-law Advisor:

Joel H. Westra
DeVos Center 261H