Protecting intellectual property. Helping someone become a U.S. citizen. Fighting for climate change legislation. Your path toward a meaningful career in law starts in Rollins’ pre-law advisory program, where a focus on service, leadership, and interdisciplinary study prepares you to thrive in the fast-paced, ever-evolving field of law.
At Rollins, our co-curricular pre-law track doesn ’t require you to take specific courses. Rather, you’ll work with our advising team to create a personalized plan of study that targets your interests and guides you toward the type of law that aligns with those interests. You’ll hone skills in argumentation, logic, and ethics while mastering the art of writing clearly and persuasively.
Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research, professional development, and extracurricular activities designed to give you a competitive edge. And when it’s time to figure out next steps—from applying to law school to gaining work experience—you’ll be guided in both the letter and spirit of the law by a constellation of academic, professional, and alumni mentors dedicated to your success.
Why Study Pre-Law at Rollins
As a pre-law student, you’ll be matched with a faculty advisor who will serve as your liaison throughout the program and help you set a strategy for the future, including LSAT prep, internship placements, and study abroad. Our advisors are experts in disciplines pertaining to different aspects of law, including philosophy, ethics, communication, professional writing, and literature.
In your first-year seminar course, aspiring law students immediately begin acquiring broad-based knowledge and skills like analytical thinking and critical writing essential to the study and practice of law. You’ll apply these newfound skills to everything from language study and economics to theater and art history as you become a civic-minded, global leader prepared not only for the LSAT, but for a productive, rewarding professional career.
Rollins works with an array of top law schools to forge connections between students and admission representatives, hosting informational sessions throughout the year. You’ll also have the opportunity to use summer and semester-long internships to build a solid networking base while gaining invaluable hands-on experience in everything from drafting motions to navigating court proceedings.
“The strong curricular offerings in the pre-law program gave me a great primer for law school and were a very effective component of my LSAT prep. My experience at Rollins and the mentorship I received through pre-law advising were essential for setting me up for success in my career as an attorney focused on capital markets.”
Rollins Pre-Law Careers
Rollins pre-law grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most prestigious law firms and influential governmental agencies.
Mitch Verboncoeur ’14
Associate Attorney, McKool Smith
Ella Llov ’15
Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP
Christina Benitez ’10
Associate, Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain & Mangan, P.A.
Jane Kaplan ’17
Associate, Venable LLP
Jonathan Stamm ’10
Attorney, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Naomie Droll ’16
Attorney, Navajo Nations Department of Justice
Rollins Pre-Law Pathways
Equipped with in-demand skills and competitive LSAT scores, Rollins’ pre-law grads attend some of the world’s most venerated law schools.
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Beyond the Classroom
Debate Team The Rollins Debate Team is nationally recognized as one of the best in its class, giving pre-law students the opportunity to put their argumentation and logic skills into practice in competitions around the globe. More than 25 percent of debaters go on to attend Ivy League law schools, and over 90 percent attend schools ranked in the top 20 for law.
Relevant Research Through Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, you can work one on one with faculty on original, graduate-level research. As a law student at the College of William & Mary, Melissa Fussell ’13 continued research that she started at Rollins with philosophy professor and pre-law advisor Eric Smaw on unethical property claims during the infamous 1920 Ocoee, Florida, race riots. She went on to publish her findings in The William and Mary Law Review and now serves as a federal public defender in Orlando.
Career Champions Rollins’ Career Champions mentorship program pairs students with successful graduates who provide insight into life after graduation—grads like George Sciarrino ’07, a member of the New York City Bar Fashion Law Committee who mentored Mariam Tabrez ’18 as she applied to law programs and nailed down a specialty in the competitive world of fashion and entertainment law.
Our pre-law faculty advisors represent a range of disciplines associated with the study of law. You’ll be guided every step of the way by expert faculty and advisors deeply invested in your interests and pursuits.
Eric Smaw, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy; Co-Director, Pre-Law Advising
Areas of focus: Human rights law, medical ethics, philosophy of law, and political philosophy
Jana Mathews, PhD
Professor; Co-Director, Pre-Law Advising
Areas of focus: Legal history and writing; law and literature