Prelaw at RU

While there is no prelaw curriculum as such at Radford University, Law schools do not recommend “prelaw majors.”  The American Bar Association, the agency that accredits law schools, puts it this way on their website:

“The ABA does not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. You may choose to major in subjects that are considered to be traditional preparation for law school, such as history, English, philosophy, political science, economics or business, or you may focus your undergraduate studies in areas as diverse as art, music, science and mathematics, computer science, engineering, nursing or education. Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education.”

Consequently, Radford University approaches prelaw the way most universities approach it.  A faculty member is designated as prelaw advisor to assist students interested in attending law school, and a club exists to foster students’ interest in law school and the legal profession.

The prelaw advisor is Jack Call (J.D., College of William and Mary; Ph.D., University of Georgia), Professor of Criminal Justice.  Prof. Call has been a member of the faculty at Radford since 1985.  After earning a Juris Doctor degree at William and Mary, he was a Coast Guard lawyer for three years, stationed at the district legal office in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Each semester, Prof. Call conducts a prelaw information session.  This session is open to all students, regardless of class standing.  An announcement about the time and location of the prelaw information session is disseminated through a campus-wide email message and posted on the Pre-Law Club and Phi Alpha Delta RUInvolved sites.  These information sessions cover a great deal of basic information about applying to law school, preparing for the LSAT, financing law school, the practice of law, and job prospects for lawyers.  Students are expected to attend one of these sessions before arranging an individual counseling session with Prof. Call.  Individual advising sessions are much more productive if students have attended one of the prelaw information sessions.