Summer Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates

The following information for parents and families was provided by the Law School and the Communication department.


Dear Wake Forest Parent,

The Wake Forest Law School and the Wake Forest Communication Department are excited to announce that we are again offering the Summer Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates.  The Summer Program will consist of the following two courses that will be taught in the Law School: Legal Theory, Practice, and Communication (COM 348) and Advocacy, Debate, and the Law (COM 349).  Students will receive three (3) credit hours of Wake Forest college credit for each course.

The purpose of the Summer Pre-Law Program is to show undergraduates what law school is like. Law school is far too expensive to engage in a “test drive” for a whole year.  This Summer Program gives college students a realistic view of law student life and educates them about different career opportunities for lawyers.  After participating in the Summer Program, some students may well decide that law school is not for them.  Others will have their interest in law school confirmed and emerge better prepared for law school and their chosen career path.

Legal Theory, Practice, and Communication is a unique class designed to expose undergraduates to a wide variety of legal subjects and tasks that lawyers confront in the practice of law.  Advocacy, Debate, and the Law, developed in consultation with Wake Forest College’s nationally ranked Communication Department, focuses on basic communication theory as well as the special demands of legal communication. Both courses have received rave reviews from students.

Consistent with the Wake Forest teaching philosophy, both courses have a small student/teacher ratio.  This enables Summer Program students to network with their professors, as well as other lawyers, judges and law students who participate in the Summer Program activities.  In addition, the courses are team-taught by Wake Forest Law School professors and professors from the Wake Forest Communication Department in a “Law School” style.  This unique teaching design enables students to receive extensive individualized feedback on the multiple writing and public speaking assignments incorporated into the courses.

The two classes will be offered during Summer Session 1–May 30-June 21. We anticipate that the cost will be $3,300 per course. While a student may enroll in either course independently, the classes are taught in a coordinated fashion. Wake Forest students as well as students in good standing at other undergraduate institutions should register via the Wake Forest College Registrar’s Office. Summer School registration begins March 12, 2018. More information about the Program can be found at

We look forward to hearing from you or your student.

Sincerely yours,


Wilson Parker, Professor of Law

Allan Louden, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication


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