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John David Smith, JD
PO Box 1000
Vermillion St
Athens, WV 24712-1000

The Concord University Pre-Law Mentoring Program provides those students considering a career in the legal system a chance to have real world, academic and professional experiences, unique at the undergraduate level, to better prepare for the challenge of some of the best law schools in the United States.

Legal Studies and Pre-Law Program Internship/Clerkship Manual (docx)

The Prelaw program is directed by Dr. John David Smith, a graduate of Concord University who holds advanced degrees in law as well as social work and concurrently serves as the vice president for student affairs and dean of students..

The benefits of the program include the following:

  • schedule counseling
  • undergraduate courses meant to introduce the rigors of the law school experience (legal environment, legal research, etc.)
  • LSAT preparation
  • law school admission and selection assistance
  • summer internships
  • access to professional legal research materials
  • Membership in the National Prelaw Fraternity and participation in National Moot Court competitions

Recent graduates have attended these and other leading law schools:

  • Harvard University
  • University of California at Berkley
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Virginia
  • Stanford University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • West Virginia University

Students must take the following to complete the program:

Credit Hours
Course Number
LSPL 101 Introduction to the Legal Studies
LSPL 201 Legal Research and Writing
LSPL 301 Legal Ethics
LSPL 405 Legal Studies Capstone
  From Area of Emphasis

Students will receive additional credit for participating in the following optional programs:

Credit Hours Course Number
3 LSPL 480/481 Honors
3 LSPL 250 Special Topics
1-12 LSPL 401 Clerkship

Last updated on May 19, 2015. Originally created on Feb 3, 2011. Report incorrect information.