Austin College is well-qualified to aid pre-law students in preparing for their future occupation. Each year many Austin College graduates are admitted to a number of the better law schools in the nation. The College believes that a thorough liberal arts education is the best foundation for students to attain both their personal and professional goals, and law schools have responded favorably to this concept. As such, we do not offer a pre-law degree.
Instead, our pre-law advisor, Dr. Frank Rohmer, aids students in degree planning and law school selection. The Austin College Pre-Law Society seeks to further students’ understanding of the law and the legal profession. To fulfill these objectives, speakers—law professors, judges, lawyers, law students and politicians—are brought to the campus throughout the year to present programs for the Pre-Law Society.
The Pre-Law program also is able to benefit from the annual Kenneth W. Street Law Symposium which invites lawyers, Austin College students, and others interested in the law profession to campus for discussion of timely issues in law and ethics. The event honors Austin College Professor Emeritus Kenneth W. Street. A professor of political science at Austin College from 1959 to 1997, Dr. Street held the John D. Moseley Chair of Government and Public Policy. An award-winning teacher, he also served many years as the advisor for students considering careers in law and launched many professionals in the field.
The law symposium is organized by the Alumni “L” Law Association and Austin College Pre-Law Society, under the direction of Dr. Frank Rohmer, associate professor of political science. Each year’s outstanding line-up of panelists is made possible through the generosity of donors, the Hatton S. Sumners Foundation, and Austin College Student Assembly.