Summer Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates

Wake Forest Law offers a Summer Pre-law for Undergraduates Program to provide college students with a realistic view of law student life and educate them about the career opportunities of lawyers.

The program consists of two courses that are taught in the law school but qualify for credit from the undergraduate college: “Legal Theory, Practice, and Communication” (Communication 348) and “Advocacy, Debate, and the Law” (Communication 349). The courses are taught by Law Professors Wilson Parker and Chris Nero Coughlin, and Communication Professors Jarrod Atchison and John Llewellyn.

Wake Forest Law faculty members in the program are available to help students who decide to continue on to law school with counseling about selecting an appropriate law school and to provide guidance on the law school application process.

“Legal Theory, Practice, and Communication” is a unique class designed to expose undergraduates to a wide variety of legal subjects that law students’ study and tasks that lawyers confront in the practice of law. “Advocacy, Debate, and the Law,” developed in consultation with Wake Forest College’s nationally ranked Communication Department, focuses on basic communication theory as well as the special demands of legal communication. Both courses have proven popular with students.

Learn why by watching this video:  Wake Forest University Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates.

“This program has definitely confirmed that I want to go to law school and has shown me the difficulties and advantages of pursuing law,” Ian Rutledge (BA ’15) said after participating in the program. “It was great to learn about the different areas of the law, and Professor Coughlin and Professor Parker did a fantastic job of making it fun and interesting for the undergraduates.”

The two classes will be offered during Summer Session 1 — May 30 – June 21, 2018. Wake Forest students as well as students in good standing at other undergraduate institutions can register when Summer School registration begins in March. Additional information about registration is available on the Summer School website. While a student may enroll in either course independently, the classes are taught in a coordinated fashion. According to the professors, students receive maximum benefit from enrolling in both classes. The 2017 cost was $900 per credit hour plus a $600 fee.

To learn more, contact Professor Parker at or Professor Coughlin at