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Pre-Law at Calvin

Preparing for law school at Calvin

The Calvin pre-law program assists students in gaining an excellent liberal arts education, culminating in a Bachelor's Degree that prepares them for the rigors and focus of law school. There is no prescribed or generally accepted program for students planning to enter law school other than that the applicants have earned an undergraduate degree and taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

 

Choosing a major

There is no prescribed major or minor for students planning to attend law school. Students are accepted into law programs from various fields and interests; the only requirements for admission to law school are that you have earned an undergraduate degree and have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Considerations when choosing a major

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Choosing courses

Calvin's strong core liberal arts requirements help to develop many of the skills needed for law school, and additional courses are available to hone your abilities further. By selecting difficult courses which demand lengthy papers and classroom discussion, you will receive excellent preparation for taking the LSAT and attending law school.

Specific courses recommendations
(not requirements, since no student would be able to take every Calvin College course which help prepare for a legal career)

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Law school timelines for your years at Calvin

As a pre-law student at Calvin, you can begin preparing in your first year of college. Select a major that reflects your interests and passion, become involved in student activities, and plan ahead. Preparation and following some specific timelines will pay off as you reach the point of attending law school.

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Top-ranked law schools at which Calvin students have been accepted in recent years:

  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Chicago
  • New York University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Duke University
  • Northwestern University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Emory University
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Southern California
  • George Washington University
  • College of William and Mary

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Recent Statistics

Number of students at Calvin participating in the Pre-law Program in the 2013-2014 academic year: 139

Number of different majors and minors represented among the 139 2013-2014 Calvin students in the Pre-law Program: 24

Average LSAT score of recently graduated Calvin law school applicants: 160.4

Average GPA of recently graduated Calvin law school applicants: 3.35

Calvin graduates have been accepted at 14 of the top 15 ranked law schools in the nation in the last 10 years (ranking based on 2014 U.S. News and World Report)

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Some Calvin courses that can help students determine their interest in law:

  • Constitutional Law and Judicial Process
    (POLS 310)
  • Men, Women and the Law (POLS 312)
  • International Organizations and Law (POLS 309)
  • Law in Business
    (BUS 350)
  • Criminal Justice Process (SOC 210)

Calvin Pre-Law Program activities:

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Additional information about events, the LSAT, and various outside programs is posted on the pre-law bulletin board on the 2nd floor of the DeVos Communication Center

Books, catalogues and information about law careers and numerous law schools are available in the Pre-Law Library which is located in the Political Science Department office (DeVos Communication Building).