BY Mary Kaczmarski
The Pre-Law Club at Sacred Heart University is run by the Department of Government and gives students the opportunity to learn more about the field and prepare them for their futures.
“The club consists of students who intend to go to law school and who appreciate debating and reviewing contemporary legal issues,” said Prof. Gary Rose, the club’s advisor.
Although it is not a requirement to be a pre-law student to join this club, the main focus of the club is preparing for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and for future careers in law.
“We dedicate each meeting to one section of the LSAT exam. In between the days of practice questions, we also like to do fun activities to learn about the constitution and better understand the rights we have,” said senior Dafne Franco, the club’s president. “Additionally, we do other activities to learn what evidence would be admissible in court and learn possible chargers a defendant could be charged with.”
“They can help prepare for the LSAT by attending club meetings when the mock LSAT questions are studied and by traveling with club members to law school conferences where they can learn about different law programs and admission strategies,” said Rose.
Another aspect of the Pre-Law Club is that they review and discuss famous cases and learn what went well and what didn’t during those cases. It gives the students the opportunity to see things that actually happened and figure out why certain decisions were made over others and they can use those real-life examples in their future work.
They also have occasional guest speakers who are professionals in the law field and talk to them about different cases along with giving them advice.
During club meetings, members discuss different cases, different career paths within law, and study mock questions to prepare students to take the LSAT.
“During our meetings I always feel that I can apply the content we go over and study to what I might possibly be doing in the near future,” said sophomore Gabriela Dos Santos.
“The club tends to put students on the right track for a career in law. Club membership is not essential for law school but it does cultivate a deeper interest in the study of law,” said Rose.
Students in the club take their love and passion for law to another level and learn to apply the skills that they have learned in classes into real-life scenarios. By having the extra practice from being a part of this club, members have more knowledge to use in their classes and careers.
“This club has taught me a lot of new insights to legal careers I didn’t even know existed, and it is because of certain topics that we went over during our meetings that I have decided to get a minor in political science,” said Dos Santos.
When Rose was asked what he hoped students would gain from being a part of the Pre-Law Club he said, “A love of the law and to have the opportunity to interface with like-minded students. They help one another achieve their dreams of becoming a lawyer.”
According to sacredheart.edu, “Participation in the club will provide students with several benefits and enhance their preparation for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and law school.”
“I would tell someone who is on the fence about joining the Pre-Law Club that if they are not sure if being a lawyer is a career they want to pursue then they should definitely join. Being in the club could teach the student if it is for them or not,” said Franco.