Student Opportunities

PS 230 / “Exploring the Legal Profession”
This one credit-hour class (typically scheduled to meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:50 p.m. during the Fall, Term) addresses various aspects related to law school. Topics include admissions, financial aid, LSAT preparation, careers in lawyering; etc. Law school representatives, lawyers, SVSU alumni who have / are attending Law School, and others will visit the class and offer their insights and knowledge about law school and/or lawyering. The class is open to all SVSU students who might be interested in Law School. Students can be pursuing a majoring and/or minor in any field. (Even though it is a PS class, it’s not restricted to PS students.) The only requirement for taking the class is to have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours prior to taking the class. [Please Note: THIS IS NOT A CLASS FOR PREPARING TO TAKE THE LSAT! This is a class about law school and lawyering!]

Law Club of SVSU

The Law Club of Saginaw Valley State University was first organized in 2008 and consists of students interested in attending law school, or students interested in law for other careers such as criminal justice and business law.  The club focuses on helping students to prepare for legal careers through activities such as moot court, volunteering for the Saginaw County Mock Trial program for high school students, meeting informally with legal professionals and sponsoring law related speakers for the university.  Meetings are held bi-weekly.

Law School Forum
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) annually sponsors a Law School Forum in Chicago, IL. The Forum provides an opportunity for prospective law students to visit with representatives from over 160 law schools located in the U.S. and Canada.

PS 290: Moot Court
This three-credit hour class focuses on one aspect of practice of law-argument in front of an appellate court, in this case the United States Supreme Court.  Students work with partners to prepare oral arguments and/or legal briefs on a case involving an important set of constitutional principles, then either participate in the American Moot Court Association regional program or submit a written brief in the brief writing contest.  The class uses a minimum of lecture and focuses instead on developing the ability to read, analyze and synthesize Supreme Court decisions, allowing students to apply the concepts from class to a simulated constitutional law case.

SVSU's Moot Court Teams have made it to nationals in 2013 and 2012.