Professional Program PartnershipsPre-Law

A group of pre-law students pose for a picture.
A pre-law student poses for a photo at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Why Pre-Law at JU?The Jacksonville University Advantage

The Pre-Law program at Jacksonville University offers a unique series of support services to help students who are considering Law School or a career in public service.  The program offers the following:

  • A Pre-Law Advisor, Professor Austin Trantham, who is available to meet with students through in-person or virtual meetings to give advice on law-related courses offered at JU, internship opportunities, and preparing for the LSAT and law school application process.  Professor Trantham’s office is located in the Gooding Building, Room 219.  To schedule an appointment, please contact him at atranth@ju.edu
  • An active Pre-Law Society led by students that plan events, LSAT support sessions, and meetings with attorneys and judges from the Jacksonville area.  Register at the Pre-Law Society on Presence to receive e-mails about upcoming events.  Society membership also allows you to be included in networking opportunities and law school visits.
  • A Mock Trial team that competes against nationally ranked teams including Florida State and the University of Miami.  The team consists of students who are both attorneys and witnesses in a series of competitions run by the American Mock Trial Association.
  • A List of recommended courses that focus on Legal issues and Legal Processes.  These include Constitutional Law, Criminology, Ethics, and Philosophy of Law. 
  • LSAT preparation in the form of mock exams and study sessions.
  • Mentorship from the Dolphin Lawyer Network—JU alumni who are now practicing law.
  • Internships at the Public Defender’s Office, Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and the only undergraduate internship at a federal courthouse in the state of Florida. Contact Professor Austin Trantham, Pre-Law Advisor, at atranth@ju.edu for more information on these opportunities. 
  • A strong partnership with JU’s Public Policy Institute

Law School PreparationSuggested Timeline

This brief timeline shows you different steps to take depending on your current year at JU.

Freshman Year

  • Discuss your interests with Professor Trantham, JU’s Pre-Law Advisor
  • Join the JU Pre-Law Society and Mock Trial Team

Sophomore Year

  • Take law-related courses
  • Begin studying for the LSAT, including taking a practice exam
  • Observe a trial in Jacksonville

Junior Year

  • Register for and take LSAT
  • Complete a legal internship if possible
  • Research potential law schools of interest

Senior Year

  • Request recommendation letters for law school applications
  • Submit applications to law schools

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