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.

Overview

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 (LSAT). Recommended courses include those which help you develop core skills in writing, critical thinking and public speaking.

Careers in Pre-Law

  • Judicial Clerk
  • Lobbyist
  • State or Federal Legislator
  • Nonprofit lawyer
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

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.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Bere' Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.50+
  • planning to attend law school; financial need secondary factor; Christian character, motivation, potential for service as a lawyer
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Florence M. and Thomas F. Caldon, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Honorable John Feikens Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • junior or senior
  • financial need considered; pursuing a pre-law program or a degree in political science;planning to attend law school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth L. Ryskamp Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,900
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required; demonstrate Christian faith and indicate how their Christian faith will be used in the practice of law and how they plan to use their law degree to benefit the Kingdom
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jacob and Rena Van Dellen Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Wallace (Dutch) and Olive Waalkes Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to seniors
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Johan and Wilma Westra Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those who are active in volunteer work and with a career goal in public service
  • apply through the political science department
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Joel Westra

Joel Westra
Associate Professor
Pre-law advisor
Department of Political Science
DC 261-H
jhw3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6727

Talk to us

Joel Westra Joel Westra
Program Director
Pre-law advisor
Department of Political Science
DC 261-H
jhw3@calvin.edu
(616) (616) 526-6727

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