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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. Law school graduates become eligible to practice law by satisfying the licensing requirements of the jurisdiction(s) in which they intend to practice.

 

News and Updates.....

Spring 2016 Class (including CCE credit): Justice, Equality, and the Law

A new law-related CCE course has just been added to the Spring 2016 Calvin class schedule. This one-credit, pass-fail course will meet one day each week. See the Syllabus.

Interim Course currently being offered:

The Art and Science of Legal Practice will be offered during Interim, 2016. See the Syllabus.

Upcoming Pre-law Lunch Series Programs

February 16: The Role of Lawyers in Death Penalty Litigation
March 8: The Role of Lawyers in Environmental Litigation
March 22: The Role of Lawyers in Urban Bankruptcy Cases
April 12: The Role of Lawyers in Providing Justice for the Poor
April 19: The Role of Lawyers in Diversity and Inclusion
May 3: The Role of Lawyers in Employment Discrimination

Internship Openings with the Muskegon County Public Defender's Office

Internship credit and possible transportation assistance available

Paralegal Job Opening in Chicago

Wagenmaker & Oberly is searching for a full-time paralegal. The firm is located in Chicago's loop district, and serves nonprofit organizations across the country. See more information.

What we offer

 

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
jwestra@calvin.edu
616-526-6727