Pursue a career in the legal profession
Deciding to pursue a legal career is an important decision for your future. At Calvin, you can take advantage of an excellent liberal arts core, with a pre-law specialization that emphasizes analytic and problem-solving skills, oral communication, political theory, history, ethics, and justice. Pursuing Pre-Law in conjunction with your disciplinary major, we will help you select courses to develop essential, law-related knowledge and skill, as well as give you extensive opportunities to participate in seminars with alumni working in the legal profession, to learn from law school representatives in workshops and lectures, to attend panel discussions, and to explore internships and job shadowing experiences.
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Average GPA of recently graduated Calvin law school applicants
Number of students in the Pre-Law Program in the 2018-2019 year
Number of different majors and minors represented
Average LSAT score of Calvin applicants over past 5 years (70th percentile)
of lawyers work in "private practice", with 63% in offices of ten or fewer attorneys
was the national median starting salary for all law school graduates nine months after graduation in 2017
of new law school graduates in 2017 were employed in business and private sectors
the average debt for law school graduates (including undergrad and law school) — almost $1655/month on a ten-year repayment plan
of the jobs obtained by 2017 law school graduates required passing the bar
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Calvin students debate whether free speech is worth the cost
The debate, “The Constitution and Free Speech: Is It Worth the Cost?,” was the third and final event in the department’s Constitution debate series and grappled with issues of free speech.
News & Stories, November 28, 2017
Calvin student contributes to reforming Oklahoma's death penalty protocol
In Spring 2017, senior Andrew Oppong pursued his passion of criminal justice reform through the college's Semester in D.C. program.
News & Stories, October 19, 2017
Walking Boldly: Brooke Bonnema
Through a semester program in Honduras, Brooke Bonnema '17 discovered her passion for immigration law. Every step of her Calvin journey brought her closer to that pursuit.
News & Stories, July 3, 2017
Walking Boldly: Nathan Maring
Nathan Maring '16 feels called to be a police officer as he pursues his passion of helping people and seeking justice and solutions for problems plaguing communities.
News & Stories, August 5, 2016
Law: Portrayal, Perception, Practice -- January 2020 Interim Class
Wed, January 8, 2020
DeVos Communication Building
Working as a Paralegal -- a Pre-Law Program Luncheon
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Thu, February 6, 2020
Political Science Department Confrence Room
Understanding the LSAT -- a Pre-Law Program Workshop
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Tue, March 3, 2020
Political Science Department Conference Room