Have you ever thought about going
to law school? If so, HPU may have just what you’re looking
for. New this semester is the Pre-Law program. This program
was designed to help identify students who are interested in
law school and to help them get started pursuing their goals.
“This is a program for anyone who is interested in anything
from the legal field to politics to non-profit work,” said
Dr. Cynthia Quinn, J.D., the advisor and faculty member for
the Pre-Law program.
The program was started by Quinn and
Dr. Jeanne Rellahan, dean for International Studies. After listening
to student suggestions, the two teamed up and put the program
together over the fall semester. During that time they were able
to gain the full support of the University administration as
well as advisors and faculty who were willing to help by counciling
students and teaching classes that would benefit the new program.
Pre-Law starts off by assigning students an advisor who will
help them to select the right courses based on the student’s
study interest. The advisor will also help the student prepare
for law school applications and admissions tests.
Students in this program are required to join the Pre-Law Society,
a Registered Independent Organization (RIO) here at HPU. “The
society provides oportunities for leadership and mentorship that
you can’t always get in the classroom,” Quinn said.
The society also offers members help with identifying scholarships,
doing community service, and networking. The Pre-Law Society
currently has 50 members.
Students interested in the program should consider classes
in such fields as math, anthropology, economics, foreign language,
political science, law, communication, and philosophy. These
classes will help students prepare for future challenges, such
as problem solving, issues of public policy, intercultural
a public speaking, the judicial system, and analysis.
Many students who have graduated from HPU have gone on to law
school, according to Rellahan, who added that HPU has a solid
track record in guiding students in the selection process.
Law schools from which HPU’s students have graduated include
American University, Cornell University, George Washington University,
Golden Gate University, Harvard University, Vanderbilt Law School,
and the University of Hawai‘i Law School.
For more information on the Pre-Law program and the Pre-Law
Society, e-mail Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org