About the program

By offering a challenging course of study in a highly supportive environment, The James C. and S. Maynard Turk Pre-Law Program gives students a distinct edge in preparation for an outstanding legal career.  

Why study pre-law at Roanoke?

Experience. With the campus conveniently situated in a judicial hub, Roanoke routinely places students in prime internships with federal judges, public defenders, police departments and U.S. Attorney's Offices. Learn more about internships, simulations and research opportunities.

Challenge. Roanoke's innovative curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, research and communication skills essential to working with clients and building a strong legal case.

Support. The pre-law program eliminates roadblocks by pairing students with pre-law advisors, paying for students' testing fees and covering part of the cost of LSAT preparatory courses.    

Results. Roanoke has an impressive record of placing students in top-tier law schools, and a number of pre-law students have secured full-ride scholarships. Further, Roanoke graduates have gone on to impressive careers in public interest, criminal and corporate law.

Program requirements

The pre-law program is interdisciplinary, drawing upon a variety of different legal perspectives. Pre-law students may study any major; coursework is designed to give students the flexibility to investigate subjects most relevant to their future career plans or interests. Learn more.  

Chris Besse -- “Make Roanoke College your own”

Chris Besse -- “Make Roanoke College your own”

Besse, who majors in political science and criminal justice, worked as an intern in Washington, D.C., and in the commonwealth attorney's office.

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"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.


Honorable James C. Turk '49 Endowed Scholarship:

The income from this endowment provides awards to needy students from Virginia and who intend to go to law school. This endowment was established by the Turk family.

Read the news release about the establishment of the program.