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2020-2021 Catalog
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Pre-Law Program

Location: Building 51, Room 2117
Phone: (904) 620-1070
Email: prelaw@unf.edu
Web Address: http://www.unf.edu/coas/prelaw/
Canvas:https://canvas.unf.edu/enroll/CPJPYY

Adrienne Lerner, Director Pre-Law Program

The UNF Pre-Law Program assists current students and alumni interested in attending law school. The program includes events, pre-law advising, curriculum analysis and course selection assistance, law school application and readiness workshops, webinars, experiential learning opportunities, job placement, on-campus interviews with law school admissions representatives, and customized study plans for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

The Pre-Law Program works with academic advisors to ensure students take general education requirements and in-major and elective coursework to develop the critical thinking and reading, analytic reasoning, and writing skills necessary to thrive in law school and legal practice.

A broad-based university education best prepares students for the rigors of law school. Law schools seek talented applicants from all backgrounds and academic majors. Courses in history, philosophy, politics, international studies, business, anthropology, psychology, criminal justice, sociology, economics, and the sciences provide context for advanced inquiry into the U.S. legal system. Courses in mathematics, science, computer science, and engineering sharpen logic and are required for students pursuing careers in Patent Law.

UNF Pre-Law strongly recommends that all students preparing for law school take the following courses as part of their General Education requirements:

*Logic: PHI 2101 Introduction to Logic (GM) and/or PHI 2100 Critical Thinking: The Art of Critical Reasoning (GW)

*Writing: CRW 2000 Introduction to Creative Writing (GW), after completing ENC 1101 and ENC 1143.

*Civic Literacy: AMH 2020 United States History since 1877 and/or POS 2041 Introduction to American Government

Students interested in law and policy courses as a major should consider the Public Law concentration of the Political Science major, beginning with POS 3606 The U.S. Supreme Court. Philosophy also offers a Law and Philosophy minor

Pre-Law events engage students in the law school admissions process, the legal community, and timely legal issues. The Pre-Law Program brings representatives from regional law schools to campus each year for individual student interviews and group workshops. Students interact with local attoneys and judges at Lunch and Learn evens. Common internships include Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and the offices of the State Attorney and Public Defender. Pre-Law students host Constitution Week events on campus to educate and engage fellow students on relevant issues. UNF Pre-Law, through the Pre-Law Speaker Series and other events, also welcomes speakers to campus each year to present on a variety of law topics.

Each year, UNF Pre-Law offers at least one $1,200 scholarship to a qualified Pre-Law Program participant.

The Pre-Law Program supports the endeavors of law-related student organizations, including the Phi Alpha Delta undergraduate law honorary society and UNF Mock Trial.

Pre-Law welcomes visits from prospective students or alumni throughout the year. Visit our website for more information.

Current UNF students interested in the Pre-Law Program should join the UNF Pre-Law Canvas page (https://canvas.unf.edu/enroll/CPJPYY) for information on course recommendations, the law school application process, and the LSAT. All Pre-Law event notices are also posted via Canvas.

Alumni interested in receiving Pre-Law event and workshop notices should contact prelaw@unf.edu. Regularly scheduled evening office hours accommodate working students and alumni.