Pre-Law Advisements

Students in Class

Resident in the Department of Political Science and History, the Pre-Law Program at Hampton University provides all Hampton University students, regardless of major, with individualized advisement on the law school application process. The Pre-Law advisor is available to meet with students on a one-on-one basis or in groups. In addition, the Department offers a number of courses designed to acquaint the student with important skills that will prepare them for the study of law. These courses include, but are not limited to, Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, Introduction to Logic and Scientific Method, and Legal Writing.

Pre-Law Program Timeline (based upon classification)

Freshman Year

  • Focus on establishing good study skills
  • Focus on maintaing a good GPA
  • Register for Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) College Scholars Program (see links below)

Sophmore Year

  • Get a headstart on LSAT prep
  • Register for a logic course
  • Register for CLEO Sophomore Summer Program (see links below)
  • Maintain that GPA!

Junior Year

  • Meet with Pre-Law Advisor
  • Order LSAT prep materials
  • Begin LSAT study in January
  • Begin selecting law schools
  • Register for the June LSAT
  • Take the June LSAT

Senior Year

Summer: Request and complete Law School Applications

**Cleo Senior Program Application due in February

Review Acceptance Letters and Secure Financing
Meet with Pre-Law Advisor for advice as required

Important Websites


Law School Admissions Council
(Contains a wealth of information about the law school admissions process; preparation for LSAT)


**Council on Legal Education Opportunity Mission Statement:
To increase the number of people of color in the legal profession.

For more info:
Dr. Eric W. Claville, J.D., M.L.I.S.,
Director of HUPLI and Pre-Law Advisor
Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Political Science
School of Liberal Arts
Phone: 757.728.5302
Fax: 757.727.5047

Mailing Address:
Hampton University
126 Martin Luther King Hall
Office of HUPLI, Center for Research and Advisement, Room 201
Hampton, VA 23668

Pre-Law Track

This track is open to all Hampton University students regardless of major and consists of 18 credit hours chosen from the following categories.

Required Courses

  • POL 318 Legal Theory
  • POL 319 Legal Research
  • POL 425 Legal Writing
  • PHI 210 Introduction to Logic and Scientific Method

Recommended Electives

  • PHI 304 Ethics
  • POL 302 Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • POL 309 Law and the Judicial Process

Free Electives

  • ECO 201 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)
  • ECO 202 Principles of Economics (Microeconomics)
  • ECO 319 Industrial Organization*
  • MGT 305 Legal Environment of Business I*
  • MGT Legal Environment of Business II*
  • JAC 405 Media Law
  • ENG 399 Law and Literature
  • SOC 305 The Criminal Justice System
  • SOC 401 Sociology of Law
  • *Prerequisites Required

Students who pursue the track will be expected to work closely with his or her academic advisor and the Pre-Law advisor to ensure that all major and track requirements are met. Once the student has satisfied the track requirements, the Pre-Law advisor will provide the students with written certification of that fact.