Pre-Law  
 

AQ Difference

 
The Aquinas College Pre-Law Program offers students a range of unique opportunities, including:
 
Moot Court Team
Moot Court provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to write appellant briefs and present oral arguments before a panel of attorneys and judges. This credit bearing course offered Fall Semester sends a team of competitors to a regional competition where they are judged against other undergraduate teams. High scoring teams are invited to a national tournament.
 
2013 Moot Court Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Moot Court Participants: (Left to Right)

 

Diamond Johnson, Brooke Johnston, Marika Rietsema, Stephen Wright, Zac Rolinski, Alex Banash, Haleigh Timmers, Lauren Andrini, Nik Artaev, Nicole Raap, Nathan Gimby, Brandon Heritier, Bradford Winkler (Faculty Advisor)

 
On November 8 & 9, 2013, 12 members of the Aquinas Moot Court class traveled to Saginaw Valley State University to compete at the Great Lakes Regional Moot Court Tournament. They were accompanied by their coach, Bradford Winkler, Esq., who also serves as an organizer for the Regional Tournament.
 
The team of Brandon Heritier and Haleigh Timmers advanced to the finals, but were defeated by a team from Youngstown State University. Congratulations to all the teams for an outstanding showing at the tournament.
 
Moot Court is a national undergraduate forensic competition where students (working in pairs) argue before the U.S. Supreme Court a nationally selected case for the competitions. They are judged by attorneys and judges who evaluate the quality of the legal arguments and extensively question the participants on their legal arguments and analysis.
 
Moot Court is offered in the fall semester by the Political Science Department. Students write a formal U.S. Supreme Court brief which is the basis for their oral arguments and develop their argumentation skills throughout the semester as they refine their legal arguments.
 
What AQ Students have had to say about past competitions:
"The competition was an incredible challenge; I felt we pulled together as a team and represented Aquinas well." - Josh Davis
"I enjoyed being challenged to argue against some of the hardest teams in the country." - Michael Licari
"My favorite part of the competition was the actual argument portion. I enjoyed having the opportunity to present myself in front of real judges and have a true experience before entering law school." - Onyinye Ezeh
 
Michigan Law School Representatives
Aquinas hosts representatives of law schools in Michigan each fall semester. Additionally, trips to national law school fairs are coordinated. These exchanges provide students with a chance to gather information, ask questions, and talk directly with law school admissions officers.
 
Practical Advice About Law School and Careers in Law
The Pre-Law Program provides sessions which guide students who are considering a legal career. Workshops throughout the year include, “Navigating the Law School Admission Process,” “How to Write Personal Statements for Graduate School,” and rehearsal interviews. In addition, Aquinas provides practice exams each semester of the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test).
 
The Pre-Law Advising Program Committee
The Pre-Law Advising Program Committee is a network of advisers committed to assisting students in the selection of an appropriate curriculum, the construction of an application to law school, and the consideration of career opportunities in law. The Committee includes lawyers, and faculty and staff members of the College with interest and experience in law.