At Calvin, we believe that the field of law demands strong ethical convictions as well as a compassionate heart. As a pre-law student, you'll develop both of these while you prepare for acceptance into some of the finest law schools around the country.
There is no prescribed major or minor for students planning to attend law school. Calvin students with a variety of majors are accepted into outstanding law programs across the country. With the help of your academic adviser, the classes you select will prepare you for the Law School Admission Test. Recommended courses include those which help you develop core skills in writing, critical thinking and public speaking.
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Spend a semester studying in Washington D.C.; Get a summer job as a legal assistant or messenger; Be paired with attorney mentors working in the legal field.
Although law school applicants must have a college degree, there is no prescribed program or major specifically designed for students planning to enter law school. Prospective law school applicants should complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree as prescribed in the core curriculum, taking advantage of the opportunities provided therein to acquire skills, knowledge, and insights useful for the practice of law.
The pre-law advisor, J. Westra of the Political Science department, can help students to plan programs and select courses that provide good preparation for law school. The pre-law advisor also can help to guide students through the processes of identifying law as a calling, preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and applying to law schools.
Pre-law students should declare their interest in the pre-law specialization during academic advising and should plan to attend the pre-law information sessions that are held at the beginning of each fall semester. Pre-law students normally take the LSAT In the spring of their junior year and should apply for admission to law school during the fall of their senior year.
Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2012-13 academic year.
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