Pre-Law Advising Program

The Pre-Law Advising Program at Elizabethtown College is neither a major nor a prescribed set of courses or cocurricular activities for students who are interested in law and law-related fields. Instead, the Pre-Law Program seeks to emphasize the skills necessary for students in any major to attain success in future legal studies. Because the skills necessary for a law or law-related career can be accomplished in almost any academic discipline – such as English, history, political science, philosophy, or business – a committee has been established comprises members from several academic departments to assist pre-law students during their undergraduate years.

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From the Pre-Law Program

Janelle Hawthorne

Former Pre-Law Club president at Widener

AS a member of the Pre-Law Club at Elizabethtown College—events with practicing lawyers who share their experiences about their education and legal career—gave Janelle Hawthorne ’16 a better insight into the legal profession.

Mock trial prepared Janelle Hawthorne for how to debate and use critical-thinking skills in a trial setting, she said. The former president of the E-town Pre-Law Club and secretary of the Mock Trial now attends Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg. At E-town, she was only the second student and only junior to receive the Mock Trial President George Ness Falkenstein Outstanding Advocate Award after her first year of Mock Trial n April 2015. 

“Some of my favorite things about E-town include the friendly and community atmosphere, which makes E-town feel like a second home.”

From the Pre-Law Program

Alex Liebergall

Legal Studies grad gives nod to unique professors

Alex Liebergall is now compliance analyst.

Alex Liebergall ’12 said he appreciated his professors Kyle Kopko, Sylvester Williams and Ed Chung in the Elizabethtown College Legal Studies program due to their unique experience prior to being the classroom. He graduated from E-town with two bachelor’s degrees—one in business administration with a concentration in marketing and one in political philosophy and legal studies. Four years later, he earned his juris doctor and master’s degree in public health from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Liebergall is now a compliance analyst with McBee Associates Inc., where he develops and enhances internal processes.

“[Chung] was not only an expert in his field but also an amazing professor.  He challenged you to do your absolute best at all times.”

From the Pre-Law Program

Nicole Trinner

Alumni gives insight on personalized E-town experience

Pennsylvania, New Jersey litigator appreciates law school guidance

After graduating from Elizabethtown College in 2012, with a degree in psychology, Nicole (Triner) Mulhern attended Widener University Law School in Delaware. The transition process would have been a difficult one had it not been for Kyle Kopko, director of the College’s Pre-Law program, Mulhern said. With his help, she waded through the red tape and completed all necessary prep work. The Pre-Law Program focused not only on the procedural steps to obtain admission to law school but also the skills and thought process required in the overall legal field. After graduation from law school, Mulhern became a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Currently, she is a litigator and handles general and professional liability matters at a mid-sized law firm.

“Although I speak very highly of the benefits to joining the pre-law program at E-town, I think the most spectacular and unique aspect of Elizabethtown College … was its professors and staff.”

From the Pre-Law Program

Chris Miller

From Blue Jay to Assistant DA

Mock Trial offered skills still used in court

Chris Miller graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2007 with a degree in political science and a minor in sociology. He chose E-town for the small class sizes and individualized attention. While taking part in Mock Trial, a student club, Miller said he gained valuable skills that he still uses today in his work as an assistant district attorney for Chester County. Miller attended Drexel Law, interned for the Defender Association of Philadelphia and finished his master’s degree in forensic/criminalistics science. After passing the bar, Miller became a trial attorney in the Court of Common pleas, trying cases from DUI's to corruption of minors to homicides.

“I can't stress enough the importance of the friendships and connections I made at E-town… It's important to surround yourself with different ideas so that you can constantly challenge yourself.”