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Information for Freshmen & Sophomores

Faculty Pre-Law Advisors

The primary points of contact for pre-law freshmen and sophomores are the Faculty Pre-Law Advisors within the students' major. Faculty pre-law advisors assist students in determining their course of study with an eye toward law school, provide students with general information about the law school admissions process, and assist students in their areas of study. Students should contact the faculty pre-law advisor in their major as early as possible in their undergraduate career.

Dr. Daniel J. Herron
(513) 529-1574

Mr. Todd Bailey
(513) 529-6031
Comparative Religion
Dr. Nathan French
(513) 529-4305
Dr. Brian Kirkmeyer
(513) 529-0700
Brian F. Roley, J.D.
(513) 529-5263
Dr. Amanda Kay McVety
(513) 529-5125
Dr. Keith G. Fennen
(513) 529-4739
Political Science
Dr. Augustus J. Jones, Jr.
(513) 529-4311

Ms. Melanie Marlowe
(513) 529-1693
Dr. Leonard S. Mark
(513) 529-2417

Students who major in an area not listed above should contact the Pre-Law Program Director, Maria P. Vitullo at

General Advice

  • Join the Pre-Law Program listserv and Blackboard site as soon as possible by emailing a request to Make an effort to attend Pre-Law Program events.
  • Make an appointment and develop a relationship with the faculty pre-law advisor in your area of study to discuss your interest in law school and develop a plan of study.
  • Register for the course Exploring a Career in Law, geared toward freshmen and sophomores potentially interested in attending law school. The Director serves as an instructor for this one-credit course, which exposes students to various legal career paths through guest speakers, and provides an overview of the law school admissions process.
  • Choose a major that interests you, that you enjoy, and in which you can excel!
  • Enroll in courses in a variety of subject areas that will develop the core competencies required for law school success, i.e., writing, reading, critical thinking and analysis, oral communication.
  • Work hard in all of your courses; focus on learning as much as you can and achieving the best grades that you can!
  • Get to know your professors. Actively participate in class, and visit them during their office hours.
  • Select a couple co-curricular activities that interest you and in which you can develop a leadership role.
  • Consider membership in Amicus Curiae, the student pre-law society, and/or another pre-law student organization, such as Mock Trial, Associated Student Government, or Student Court.
  • Abide by the Student Code of Conduct.

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