Washington Adventist University Honors College Launches Enhanced Pre-Law Curriculum and Historic Partnership

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Washington, D.C. has always been a center for studying and practicing law and public policy. The Honors College at Washington Adventist University uses its location near the Nation’s Capital to offer unique and innovative options for students.

MoU between WAU and University of Baltimore Law School offers dual-enrollment law school options.

During the Fall 2021 semester, WAU signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Baltimore School of Law to develop a dual-enrollment law program.

The agreement was initiated by WAU President Weymouth Spence and signed by Spence and University of Baltimore President Kurt L. Schmoke. The agreement creates an expedited pathway for eligible WAU students to complete the first year of law school that will also count for the senior year at WAU!

This marks the first time that an Adventist college or university will grant law school credits. WAU graduates have strong ties with the University of Baltimore School of Law. Recent graduates include WAU Honors Program (now Honors College) alumni Natalie Hynum and Bradley Moore. Renée Battle-Brooks, a member of the WAU Board of Trustees, also graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

WAU Honors College revitalizes the Pre-Law curriculum.

The MoU with the University of Baltimore comes on the heels of a newly re-designed pre-law curriculum that continues to allow students in any major to com- plete a Pre-Law pre-professional program.

Administered by the Honors College, the revised curriculum merges traditional pre-law courses with innovative seminar-style classes that explore a wide range of in-depth legal topics seeing through the lens of the law, and that rely heavily on our proximity to the people and institutions in Washington, D.C. Our first semi- nar course, ‘Supreme Court Seminar,’ will be offered during the Spring 2022 semester. It will examine some of the most important and influential Supreme Court cases in American history. The course will take advantage of its location by including expert guest lecturers from the region and trips to D.C. Future legal seminar courses will cover topics related to health-care, constitutional law, public policy, and internaitonal legal issues.

Kaplan LSAT prep options developed for WAU Pre-Law students.

A final development in the new Pre-Law program is a collaboration with Kaplan to offer LSAT prep cours- es to students while they are at WAU. Students will now be able to prepare for the LSAT with customized course offerings from Kaplan that can be done on

a self-paced basis or as part of a formal class for academic credit. WAU has also partnered with Kaplan to offer a similar review course for those interested in taking the MCAT, an exciting development for our Pre-Med students.

Pre-Law Alumni Make School Leaders Proud

WAU Pre-Law graduates continue to tell WAU staff how grateful they are for what the program did to prepare them for law school, and leaders think some of our recent initiatives will only help the program grow. WAU is proud of our recent Pre-Law graduates, who consistently represent the university well at law schools around the country.

Two recent Honors College graduates are either attending or planning to attend law school in the region. Sonny Moretta (2020, Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Political Studies) is in his second year at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Sara Devaraj (2020, Political Studies and Biology) will enroll in law school in the Fall of 2022 and is currently deciding among a number of schools in the DMV. Sara has spent the past year as a Legislative Assistant at Percy Public Affairs, LLC in Oxen Hill, MD.

The Pre-Law program at Washington Adventist University is both targeted and flexible–providing unique pathways to degree completion with multiple content delivery options. It’s exactly the kind of program that will meet the needs of students in 2022 and beyond.