Pre-Law Program

What makes a good lawyer? Perhaps these traits come to mind: Someone who understands the practical contexts of legal issues, thinks analytically, loves research and complex argumentation, and communicates well with clients and courts.

While all that may be true, we see the profession in another light at George Fox: the lawyer as servant leader. For that reason, we emphasize more than what you need to “know” for law school. You will take courses that deepen your understanding of society and culture and engage in discussions focused on what a career in law can do to benefit others. And you will do so in classrooms with professors who know you by name and will do all they can to challenge you and set you up for success beyond graduation.

It’s a formula with a proven track record: Our students have attended some of the most prestigious law schools in the country, including Georgetown, Cornell University School of Law, Harvard University Law School, the University of Michigan School of Law, and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

students at the networking event

What Will I Study?

  • Upon choosing your major, you will round out your studies with electives and general education options that stress writing and oral communication skills, logical and critical thinking, and close reading of difficult material.
  • You can pair your pre-law courses with most any major, giving you a well-rounded education.
  • We host law-related events on campus that invite lively discussion, bonding with your peers, and networking opportunities.
  • The key to becoming a good lawyer is a good undergraduate degree rich in the liberal arts. George Fox offers numerous options in a wide range of disciplines, allowing you to create a curriculum based around your areas of interest. However, our history major is a popular choice for pre-law students.
View History Major Courses

Meet Our Pre-law Advisor

Professor, Mark David Hall

Mark David Hall

Mark David Hall, the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics, serves as our pre-law advisor. He has written numerous books and articles, including law review articles, that concern different aspects of the law, and he has served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the Arkansas Solicitor General’s Office. He also works regularly with religious liberty advocacy groups to help protect and promote what many founders called “the sacred right of conscience.”

Pre-law students are strongly encouraged to take the following classes:

  • PSCI 260 Introduction to Law
  • PSCI 353 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
  • BUSN 360 Business Law

Ron Davis

Harvard Law School graduate (JD), George Fox philosophy and history major

My George Fox education expanded my worldview, stimulated my curiosity and taught me the art of disciplined, thoughtful inquiry. More uniquely, my professors helped me deconstruct and reconstruct my worldview in an open, supportive, caring Christian environment that welcomed intellectual pursuits as God-honoring, rather than as a threat to established orthodoxies.