This week’s podcast discusses pre-law programs. Our guests today are Rodia Vance, Associate Director and Pre-Law Advisor at Emory University’s Career Center; Debra Krumholz, Assistant Dean of Students and Pre-Law Advisor at Amherst College; and Amy Urbanek, Coordinator for Pre-Professional and Pre-Law advising at the University of Utah.
Our first guest, Rodia Vance, suggests that students who are interested in the practice of law should consider attending a university with a well-developed pre-law program. At Emory University, she advises students applying to law school and also leads sessions and informational meetings that educate students on a variety of other pre-law subjects. She strongly advocates that undergraduate students take the time to investigate and select the right law school for them; she emphasizes that finding the right “fit” when it comes to both the city in which the school is located and the educational value the school offers to the student is utterly important.
Debra Krumholz offers three pieces of advice for pre-law students: (1) Do well in school; (2) Take challenging courses; and (3) Follow your interests. She encourages students to take full advantage of pre-law programs because it gives them services for free that might otherwise be very costly. She also encourages alumni to contact their university’s pre-law program if they are considering attending law school later in life.
Our final guest, Amy Urbanek, doesn’t have the same type of pre-law program at the University of Utah that Emory and Amherst do; however, though her program isn’t a “cumulative program” which involves a curricular element, it still offers advising to students, which she believes to be extremely beneficial. She, like Krumholz, offers three pieces of advice to undergraduates as they contemplate applying to law school: (1) Get good grades; (2) Get involved; and (3) Have fun.
Amy Urbanek – Coordinator for Pre-Professional and Pre-Law advising at the University of Utah
Debra Krumholz – Assistant Dean of Students and Pre-Law Advisor at Amherst College
Rodia Vance – Associate Director and Pre-Law Advisor at Emory University’s Career Center