Pursue a career in the legal profession
More than simply an advising office, Pre-Law at Calvin is a robust co-curricular program providing resources that will help you to determine whether law is the right path for you, introduce you to a wide variety of law-related careers and legal practice areas, and equip you for law school and a fulfilling career in the legal profession. Pursuing a specialization in Pre-Law in conjunction with your disciplinary major, you will work with the Pre-Law Advisor to help you select courses to develop essential, law-related knowledge and skill, and you will have opportunity to participate in alumni legal professional seminars, panel discussions, internships, and job shadowing experiences.
Frequently asked questions
Attend Pre-Law Day at Calvin!
Pre-Law Day at Calvin
Monday, October 8: explore career paths in the legal profession and learn more about law school
Plan your semester or summer internship to gain more insight into the legal field.
Careers & Outcomes
Explore the many ways to get involved in the world of law, and learn how to prepare for the LSAT and law school.
Average GPA of recently graduated Calvin law school applicants
Number of students in the Pre-Law Program in the 2017-2018 year
Number of different majors and minors represented
Average LSAT score of recently graduated Calvin seniors (66th percentile)
of lawyers work in "private practice", with 62% in offices of five or fewer attorneys
was the national median starting salary for all law school graduates nine months after graduation in 2016
of new law school graduates in 2016 were employed in business and private sectors
the average debt for law school graduates in 2015 — almost $1560/month on a ten-year repayment plan
of the jobs obtained by 2016 law school graduates required passing the bar
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Calvin students debate whether free speech is worth the cost
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News & Stories, November 28, 2017
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News & Stories, October 19, 2017
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News & Stories, July 3, 2017
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News & Stories, August 5, 2016