Jurisprudence Learning Community

Whether you plan on pursuing law school following graduation or are interested in learning how the law pertains to a career in public administration, policy, or politics, this community is for you!

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Jurisprudence Faculty Director Ally Coll, right, with Amazon General Counsel David Zapolsky

Jurisprudence Faculty Director Ally Coll, right, with Amazon General Counsel David Zapolsky

Position Yourself Now for Your Future Career

  • Earn course credit (three credits in the fall semester, one credit in the spring semester)
  • Attend field trips in and around the D.C. area
  • Meet and network with leaders throughout the legal profession
  • Pursue opportunities for leadership development
  • Benefit from law school admissions guidance and resources 
  • Learn alongside students with similar interests and career goals
  • Participate in career workshops and study groups with guidance from legal studies faculty and staff

This community is open to any interested sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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A Supportive Enviroment

The Jurisprudence Learning Community will help you connect with social and academic programs designed to help students with an interest in law, such as the Black Justice Association, Patriot Pre-Law Program, and career services.

You'll also be encouraged to identify organizations and activities in the D.C. area that align with your interests and engage with them. Both individually and as a group, community members will reflect on how these experiences impact their personal and professional goals.

Jurisprudence - Fall 2022 dinner

Jurisprudence LC student Miranda Céspedes with Justin Dews, Associate Counsel to the President

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Jurisprudence - Fall 2022 dinner

Help Achieving Your Goals

You can also count on easy access to school resources to help prepare you for law school or landing a great job right out of school, such as:

  • Preparation for the LSAT
  • Resume help
  • Career support
  • Guidance on internships
  • Help with personal statements

A Memorable Year

Past and future events include: 

  • A weekly dinner series with high-profile speakers for participating LC students. Speakers have included the Associate Counsel to the President at the White House, and the Senior Advisor to the Speaker of the House 
  • A field trip to the Supreme Court of VA for a talk and tour with Justice Cleo Powell 
  • A law school admissions tour and class visit at GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School 
  • An evening with David Zapolsky, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Amazon 
Jurisprudence - A Memorable Year
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To participate in the Jurisprudence Learning Community, you should enroll in the GOVT 301 section that is specifically for learning community members for the fall semester.

This course, GOVT 301: Public Law and the Judicial Process:

  • goes towards the Law, Philosophy, and Governance concentration in the Government and International Politics major
  • counts as an elective in the Criminology, Law, and Society degree with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • is a core course in the Legal Studies minor

During spring registration, community members will enroll in a connected 1-credit GOVT 399 course for that semester.

For 2022-2023, students who have already taken GOVT 301 but wish to be part of the community can take the 1-credit course in the spring. Following this inaugural year, it is strongly preferred that all members of the Jurisprudence Learning Community take GOVT 301 and the spring course together.

Professor Ally Coll

Meet the Jurisprudence Learning Community Director 

Professor Ally Coll

For any questions or to learn more, contact: acoll2@gmu.edu