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Updated: 09-05-2013


The Department of Government and Sociology continually seeks ways to carry out one of the University’s core values, namely to provide “An Expansive Undergraduate Educational Experience.” Recognizing that many Georgia College students are interested in continuing their studies after graduation, the department offers a Pre-Law program which is one of several pre-professional options on campus. The program is designed to prepare students for the rigors of law school and is led by Jennifer Hammack, J.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Political Science. 

Last year, 18 Georgia College graduates were accepted into law schools around the country, including Mercer, William and Mary, Cornell University, University of Chicago, and University of Georgia.  Graduates received more than $2.35 million dollars in scholarship offers.  

Courses such as Introduction to Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Legal Research and Writing and Constitutional Law serve as an excellent form of preparation. According to Andrew M. Whittaker ‘12, and University of Georgia, School of Law, Class of 2015, “The Pre-Law curriculum at Georgia College is largely responsible for my early academic success in a very difficult learning environment. Ultimately, if you want to go to Law School and compete at the highest level, you are hard pressed to find a place that will prepare you better than Georgia College." 

Lauren Emma Harris, ‘12, Mercer School of Law, Class of 2015 commented that “The courses offered in the program provide students with ample knowledge of political and legal theory in a manner that never ceases to provide an enjoyable challenge. Aside from the normal coursework, the Pre-Law Program has many activities that I think will benefit students greatly regardless of their chosen career path. Georgia College’s Pre-Law program has a rapidly developing and award winning mock trial team. I was a member of mock trial team in 2012-2013. Mock trial forces a student to study harder, strategize with team members, speak on issues in an impromptu setting, and become better at thinking on one’s feet.”

A course of study in pre-law is compatible with a wide variety of majors and minors. The Pre-Law Program includes students from political science, music education, biology, English, history, psychology and economics. A pre-law advisor is available to assist all students with the selection of courses while providing counseling and advising on law school admission requirements.

For more information on the Pre-Law Program in the Department of Government and Sociology, contact Jennifer Hammack at or 478-445-0944.  You can find the Pre Law Society on Facebook.

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