Pre-Law

An interest area

The competition to go to law school can be intense. The American Bar Association does not recommend any specific undergraduate major or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. In fact, students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline, which means Bryant students can choose from the wide range of academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Business.

Bryant developed the Pre-Law interest area to help students prepare for the rigors of law school. As a Bryant student, you will build a strong academic record in a subject that interests you. You will also benefit from the University’s small class sizes and develop relationships with faculty who can write strong letters of recommendation on your behalf.

Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education. The diverse curriculum of liberal arts and business classes exposes you to a greater array of ideas than many of your peers, which helps you stand out from others in a law school applicant pool.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Although the Pre-Law area of interest is geared toward preparing students for law school, you will also be prepared to enter careers in law enforcement, state and local government, and court administration, among others.

Pre-law faculty

The faculty blend real world experience, in the courtroom, in business settings, and consulting with local, state, and national governments, with a wide range of academic knowledge. Their research and teaching expertise range from American to international law, as well as U.S. foreign policy and human rights issues. They are internationally recognized scholars on legal issues ranging from post-Holocaust trials in Germany to the ethical concerns raised by modern science.

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Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • Early Decision 2 - Jan. 15, 2015
  • Regular Decision – Feb. 2, 2015


To learn more, please contact:
Ron Washburn, J.S.D.

Lecturer, Legal Studies
Coordinator, Pre-Law program
rwashbur@bryant.edu

BRINGING SUCCESS INTO FOCUS

Jose Batista ‘11
Studying at: Roger Williams University School of Law

“I came to Bryant as a first-generation college student. I was extremely excited and, at the same time, overwhelmed by the opportunities that lay ahead of me,” recalls Batista. “Thanks to small classrooms, I was able to develop relationships with the professors who taught subjects I was really passionate about. Similarly, the vibrant extracurricular community at Bryant helped me to further explore interests that had been piqued in the classroom. “Through those relationships and conversations, the once overwhelming path to law school became progressively clearer,” says Batista.

LAW SCHOOL AND BEYOND

Hassan Zawawi ‘09
Studying at: Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

It didn’t take long for Zawawi of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to know he made the right choice traveling nearly 6,300 miles from home to come to Bryant. “The moment I set foot on the campus,” Zawawi recalls, “I knew this was a place that I could spend the next four years of my life.” His Bryant education prepared him well for law school - and beyond. “Bryant is a small school that provides undivided attention to its students,” says Zawawi, “providing them with the right tools and skills for the global world we live in today.”