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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 on Campus.....

Pre-Law Information Meetings....

Thursday, September 4, 2014
DeVos Communications Center Room 273A
(second floor, in Political Science Department)

Freshman and Sophomores 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Juniors and Seniors 4:45 to 5:45 pm


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.

Pre-Law Immersion Class Offered during Interim 2014

See the syllabus for the recently offered class, Portrayal, Perception & Practice (IDIS W46), from Calvin's 2014 Interim.
More information about the class
; Link to 2013 Pre-Law Immersion class (Spark Magazine article).

Calvin Alumna Ana Stutler
Starting Detroit Legal Clinic

Former Calvin student Ana Stutler is the organization director of a new legal clinic in eastern Detroit which she has started in partnership with her church. The clinic, MACC Legal, is part of a development organization that is focused on meeting the needs of individuals living in the 48214 zip code. Stutler is looking for Christian attorneys who would like to be involved in this valuable community service. For more information, contact Stutler or

Calvin Alumna Sarah Warpinski
Selected as Skadden Fellow

Former Calvin student and Michigan State University College of Law third-year student Sarah Warpinski recently was awarded a two-year Fellowship by the Skadden Foundation. Warpinski is among a group of 29 graduating law students and judicial clerks nationwide who will receive support to devote the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work.

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