Pre-Law Advising Center for OHIO Students
The Center for Law, Justice & Culture provides numerous opportunities for pre-law advising, both on a one-on-one basis and in the context of group programs.
- Legal Internships
- Pre-Law Advising & Majors
- Pre-Law & Professional Legal Associations
- Recommended Courses
- Resources for Pre-Law Students
Getting Ready for Law School
- Law Fair
- Law School Application Workshops
- Mock Law School Classes
- Pre-Law New & Events
- Pre-Law Days
- Student Organizations for Pre-Law Students
- Walk-in Wednesdays
Center for Law, Jutice & Culture Pre-Law Advisor and Specialist Larry Hayman hosts Walk-in Wednesdays, every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in his office in Bentley Hall 001B. During this time, Hayman advises students on preparing for law school, internships, the law school application process, legal education, the bar exam, and legal practice. Feel free to stop by to discuss any of these or related topics and get questions answered. No appointment is necessary. If this time is not convenient, please email him to set up a mutually convenient time.
The center places select students in legal internships.
The Center for Law, Justice & Culture hosts a Law Fair each fall. This event features law school admissions representatives from across the United States who come to Ohio University. Students have an opportunity to meet with school representatives who are able to provide guidance and information and answer questions about law school admissions.
Each year, the Center for Law, Justice & Culture holds annual Pre-Law Days. This two-day event kicks off with a keynote address on Thursday evening by a legal professional who has made a significant contribution to the legal field. The second day features an opportunity for OHIO students to learn about the legal profession from OHIO alumni.
Pre-Law Days provide a unique opportunity for OHIO students to interact with OHIO alumni who have gone on to have successful legal careers. This event fosters a better understanding of careers in the legal professional and ever-present place law has in our society. OHIO students are able to network and build professional relationships with legal professionals who can then serve as mentors to students as they move forward in their careers.
Yvette McGee Brown
In 2014, the center hosted former Supreme Court of Ohio Justice and OHIO alum Yvette McGee Brown as part of Pre-Law Days. Among many of her accomplishments, McGee Brown served as the first African American female justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Listen to her keynote, where she highlights the value of a law degree and the important role that lawyers continue to play in our society.
One of the best ways to learn about something is to experience it firsthand, so the center hosts actual law school faculty who teach mock first-year law classes on the Athens campus. This experience gives OHIO students interested in law school an understanding of what the first-year law school experience is like.
During 2014-15, the Center hosted Geoffrey C. Rapp, Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law. Professor Rapp taught a mock torts class. The center also hosted Associate Professor of Law Dana K. Cole from the University of Akron School of Law.
The center hosts several events during the year to guide students throughout the law school admissions process. These workshops assist students in writing their personal statements, drafting their resumes, and advice on explaining negative information on their application.
Ohio University undergraduate students have a host of options available to them with respect to pre-law advising. Several academic departments have pre-law advisers. In addition, the Center for Law, Justice & Culture provides professional pre-law advising.
Departmental Pre-Law Advisers
African-American Studies: Patricia Gunn, J.D.
Business: Bonnie Roach, J.D., Ph.D.
Center for Law, Justice & Culture (university-wide): Larry Hayman, J.D.
English: Elizabeth Koonce, Ph.D.
Geography: Brad Jokisch, Ph.D.
History: Michele Clouse, Ph.D.
Political Science: Jennifer Fredette, Ph.D.
Philosophy: Arthur Zucker
Sociology: Ursula Castellano, Ph.D.
Pre-Law Majors at Ohio
There is no one major or set of classes that is necessary to enter law school. Successful law students and attorneys come from all academic disciplines and majors. Reflecting this, Ohio University has a long tradition of providing excellent law-related majors. Some majors that tend to send a relatively high number of students to law school have designated a specific "pre-law" major in their department.