Legal Studies and Pre-Law

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.  The program is designed to provide students with a foundation in legal research and writing, ethics, and a variety of special topic electives, such as, family law, criminal law, and litigation.

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

The Pre-Law program is directed by Mr. John David Smith, a graduate of Concord University who holds advanced degrees in law as well as social work.

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
  • Internships
  • Access to professional legal research materials such as Westlaw. 
  • Membership opportunity to Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, International, 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 Course
3 LSPL 101 Introduction to the Legal Studies
3 LSPL 201 Legal Research and Writing
3

LSPL 301

Legal Ethics

3 LSPL 405

Legal Studies Capstone

6   From Area of Emphasis

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

Credit Hours

Course Number

Course
3 LSPL 250 Special Topics
1-12 LSPL 401 Clerkship