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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.

Coming Up .....

The Role of an Attorney in the Arena of Immigration and Refugee Advocacy

The next Pre-Law Lunch is scheduled for Thursday, March 26 with attorney Johnny Pinjuv from Immigration Legal Services in Grand Rapids, MI. Limited spaces are available, and students should RSVP to Ellen Hekman to reserve a place.

Refugee Law: International Human Rights in Action

On Thursday, March 26, Johnny Pinjuv, a local attorney with experience working in various positions relating to human rights, human trafficking, international law and justice will be speaking at Calvin at 3:30 pm in the Commons Annex Alumni Board Room.

News and Updates.....

Calvin Student Serena Hamann interns at Varnum Law for spring, 2014

Check out internship opportunities for Pre-law Students

Spring Break Volunteer Research Project:
Is there a toxic wind blowing in South Chicago?

Student volunteer research data gatherers are needed to assist in the South Chicago area, canvassing residents about toxic residue from area oil refineries.  Restoring Eden is partnership with public health researchers from Indiana School of Public Health and Wheaton University to collect solid, unbiased scientific data from residents in neighborhoods near oil refineries where petcoke is stored.

More Information

Calvin students taking the LSAT in 2013-14 received an average score of 163, the equivalent of scoring in the 87th percentile nationally!

What we offer


Next LSAT at Calvin
will be Saturday, February 7, 2015

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

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FREE online Practice Test for the LSAT available from Kaplan Testing Services


Pre-law Advisor:

Joel H. Westra
DeVos Center 261H