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Pre-law events at Calvin

During the academic year, the Pre-law Program at Calvin sponsors informational meetings, lectures and panel discussions.

2014-2015 Pre-law Program Information Meetings

All Calvin students who are potentially interested in exploring a future career in law are encouraged to attend the annual informational program meetings at the beginning of the school year.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Freshmen and Sophomores: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Juniors and Seniors: 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
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Political Science Department Conference Room (273A)
(located on second floor of DeVos Communications Center)


Law Admission Made Easy

Valuable information about the application process for law school, including how to best utilize the services of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and tips for writing an effective personal statement will be presented by Annette Pettyjohn from Liberty University Law School.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
DeVos Communications Center Room 170

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Online opportunities related to preparing for and attending law school

How to Write the Perfect Law School Personal Statement

Indrani Gardella, from InGenius Prep and former Associate Director of Admissions at Stanford Law School, will lead a webinar about how write a personal statement that will move your application forward at law schools.

September 17, 2014 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
For more information and to register

Michigan State University Online Webinars

Webinars are 45- to 60-minute online presentations focusing on numerous topics from the law school admissions process to legal career options. Webinars include a Q-and-A segment allowing participants the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters. Webinars are offered at no cost, although advance registration is required.

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Off campus opportunities related to preparing for and attending law school

Chicago Law School Forum

The LSAC holds Law School Forums around the country annually, featuring numerous American Bar Association (ABA)- approved law schools. Participants can talk to various law school representatives and attend workshops throughout the day. The event is free, but pre-registration is recommended.

2014 Annual Conference of the Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business

Faculty and students interested in law-related issues are invited to attend this day-long event. Papers submitted by September 13, 2014 will be peer reviewed for publicaiton in the conference proceedings; those who wish to share work-in-progress can submit abstracts to be considered for inclusion in the proceedings.

Sentencing Reform Issues Legislative Day in Lansing

The Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending (CAPPS) is sponsoring a Legislative Day in Lansing that will include appointments to speak with legislators about parole and sentencing reform issues, specifically HB 4809. This is a bill that speaks to releasing long-time prisoners who were sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. There will be transportation from Grand Rapids, leaving Church of the Servant parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and returning by 4:30 p.m.

  • September 17, 2014
  • Transportation between Grand Rapids and Lansing is available.
  • To register, call CAPPS 517-482-7753 or e-mail capps@capps-mi.org
  • For more information, call Carol Rienstra at 616-724-6772

Restorative Justice Coalition Candidate Forum

the Restorative Justice Coalition of West Michigan will host a Candidate Forum. Individuals running for school boards, state legislature and national offices have been invited to answer questions from the audience about their opinions on restorative justice issues, such as parole and sentencing reform, zero tolerance vs.restorative practices and more.

  • September 23, 2014, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • GVSU Loosemore Auditorium, downtown Grand Rapids

University of Michigan Law Day

Law Day provides an opportunity to meet admissions representatives and learn about specific schools and programs. There is no admission fee, but you must register when you arrive at the event. More than 120 law schools will be available to meet with students.

  • September 23, 2014 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
  • U of M's Michigan Union on the Ann Arbor Central Campus
  • For more information

Making the Transition to Law School

An informal reception, followed by a panel discussion featuring faculty and students from the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is being sponsored exclusively for Calvin College students.The event will include a presentation about a new scholarship available only to Calvin students. This is an excellent opportunity for students to meet with law school faculty and learn more about what law school is actually like.

  • September 24, 2014 from 4 to 5:30 pm
  • Cooley Law School campus, downtown Grand Rapids
  • Transportation will be provided between Calvin and Cooley's campus downtown
  • RSVP to Ellen Hekman by September 19!

Michigan State University Law Preview Day

The program will include multiple panel presentations, a moot court demonstration, and sessions on admissions, career options, and financial aid.  A complimentary lunch and optional tour of the Law College also will be offered.

Michigan State University "Lunch and Learn"

Individuals who plan to apply for admission to MSU Law for entry in fall 2015 are invited to attend this “Lunch and Learn” session focusing on the MSU Law College admission process.

Michigan State University Reception for interested Students

Prospective applicants and their guests are invited to join MSU Law faculty, staff, students and alumni for this 90-minute reception. Brief remarks regarding the academic program, admissions, and career services will be followed by informal conversation with members of the MSU Law community. Early registration is encouraged.

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Next LSAT at Calvin

Saturday, September 27, 2014
DeVos Communication Center

Next MPRE at Calvin

Saturday, November 1, 2014
De Vos Communication Center

Law School Visits to Calvin's Campus:

September 25, 2014: 4:00 pm
Liberty University Law School
DC170

October 7, 2014: 10am to 1pm
Valaparaiso University Law
Johnny's Cafe

October 8, 2014: 10am to noon
Michigan State University College of Law
Johnny's Cafe

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