Prelaw Grads Well–Prepared for Law School and Careers
PCC’s Prelaw major prepares students for law school and careers by giving them a solid liberal arts education with superior academic standards. Our graduates have been accepted into over 80 law schools, including 17 of the top 50 law schools (3 of the top 10) as ranked by US News & World Report.
Assistant Public Defender in the areas of criminal defense and traffic
law at Durham County Public Defender’s Office
On the board of Justice Matters, a Christian, non-profit, pro-bono
legal services organization
Juris Doctorate: North Carolina Central University School of Law
“PCC paved the way for my law school work and legal career in a number of important ways. First, I grew in my relationship to God. The church services, chapels, prayer groups, and service opportunities brought me to a closer and more mature relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Second, PCC sharpened my academic skills and enhanced my appreciation for academic excellence. My speech and debate classes taught me to study both sides of an issue, understand the arguments, frame my argument, and then present my argument in eloquent and persuasive fashion. Pensacola Christian College was a huge part of God’s plan for my life, and I am most grateful for how He works.”
Juris Doctorate: Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Master of Law in Intellectual Property, emphasis in Copyright,
Trademark and Trade Secrets: The John Marshall Law School
Award: Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Book Award for Law of Cyberspace
“PCC’s English classes were especially beneficial to me in law school, and in particular Advanced Grammar, where I learned how to summarize information concisely and accurately. This skill became the one I relied on the most during law school, and I was always grateful that my teacher had the wisdom not only to teach it, but also to teach it so thoroughly. He knew, where I did not, that this would be a valuable skill for any graduate work, and especially valuable in the field of law.
As a result of my training at PCC, I was able to perform well in Legal Writing classes, as the following story illustrates:
As a first-year law student, I was assigned to read a case and write a brief. I did my best and used every skill taught by the PCC English professors.
When I met with my professor, he looked through his file of briefs to find mine. He pulled it out and said excitedly, ‘You’re the one! You’re the one!! Where did you learn to write?’
I replied, ‘Pensacola Christian College. Why do you ask?’
His answer stunned me: ‘I had to ask. We have never seen writing skills this strong in a first-year law student, so we wanted to know where you learned to write!’
I have always treasured the training that the entire PCC English department provided.
I also treasured the speech classes at PCC. The speech faculty prepared me for giving various presentations in law school, for which I am deeply grateful.”
Juris Doctorate: St. Thomas University School of Law
Dean’s list honor student, graduated in the top one–fourth of his law school class
Completed the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Estate
Planning Certificate Program
Served on the Opinio Juris, the law school student newspaper
“A good portion of my cases require writing skills, interpretation, and of course good grammar. Most of those cases require a court appearance or two, and ultimately a trial, so PCC’s speech and oral interpretation classes assisted in preparing me for that.”