Why Law? We believe that God calls Christians to serve in every area of culture, including law and government. By training leaders to communicate effectively, Christian students will be equipped to excel in their sphere of influence because they carry the truth and glory of God.
Within a four-year period, four PHC alumni have clerked for the following U.S. Supreme Court Justices: Justice Scalia, Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Kennedy, and Justice Alito. In addition, PHC alumna Lindsay See, Solicitor General of West Virginia , has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. PHC has created the finest pathway to legal excellence in America for Christians.
As a pre-law student, you will work with PHC’s pre-law adviser to develop a personal plan for success. This will include selecting internships, extracurricular activities, and LSAT training curriculum that will be a good fit for your interests and passions. When it comes time to apply to law school, the pre-law adviser will work with you to put together and fine-tune your application packet. PHC students also have access to a deeply discounted commercial preparation class, as well as practice LSAT offerings.
The Patrick Henry Undergraduate Law Review is an undergraduate journal dedicated to the scholarly examination of legal issues and informed discourse on legal thought. This student-run journal provides a forum for students to publish their research and join the academic discussions that permeate the legal field while developing opportunities for the College's future attorneys to learn skills that few practitioners possess. Visit the Law Review’s webpage to read past editions of the publication, meet the editorial staff, and learn how you can be a part of what this journal is accomplishing!
In moot court, students simulate appellate advocacy and hone their understanding and articulation of constitutional law and Supreme Court precedent. Well-deserving of an extremely rich legacy through years of dedicated coaching by Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Michael Farris and the late Dr. Frank Guliuzza, the Patrick Henry moot court team has won an unprecedented twelve of the last fifteen national titles in the American Moot Court Association. No other college or university has more than one title. Additionally, PHC students stunned the world by winning the 2016 Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Tournament in Geneva Switzerland. This was PHC's first year in the World Human Rights competition.
The Mock Trial program prepares students to enter the worlds of both civil and criminal trial advocacy. Students develop knowledge of the federal rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, witness examination, case-building, and more. PHC Mock Trial teams compete against more than 700 teams from 400 schools, including the nation’s top ivy-league institutions. Fierce competition hones their critical thinking skills and equips them to clearly articulate passionate and well-reasoned legal arguments.
At Constitutional Law Camp, you will explore our nation's founding documents and precedent-setting Supreme Court decisions. You’ll get familiar with legal terms and complex judicial and legislative concepts, while learning to reflect critically about the Constitution’s original intent. You will receive cases to decide, as if you were a member of the Supreme Court, and you will get to apply the legal principles that you have learned, to come up with an oral opinion as Supreme Court Justices. Leave camp with a thorough understanding of the world’s first and longest standing written constitution, the basis for how our country and its freedoms work.