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Approximately 95 percent of Roanoke College faculty members hold the highest degrees in their fields. Courses are taught by professors, not graduate assistants, and the average class size is 17. This ensures that students receive one-on-one attention and develop strong working relationships with faculty. On a 1-5 scale, Roanoke students rate faculty at 4.6 for openness to questions in class.
Faculty members who advise pre-law students hold Juris Doctorate degrees and Ph.D.s from such prestigious institutions as the American University, the University of Virginia, Emory University, the College of William & Mary, George Washington University, Rutgers University and the University of South Carolina.
Among the pre-law faculty are a leading labor lawyer, a former corporate attorney representing major manufacturers and a former state and federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney, and federal law enforcement training instructor.
Their specific areas of expertise include criminal justice, trial advocacy, business law, criminal law, civil liberties, law enforcement, labor relations and forensics.
"At a different or bigger school, there wouldn't be an opportunity to do such research. I was a lot more prepared for law school because I have research skills."
Bridget Tainer '06, on her internship. Bridget did research for a federal judge.