Jurisprudence Learning Community

Whether you plan on pursuing law school following graduation or are interested in learning how the law pertains to a career in public administration, policy, or politics, this community is for you!

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As a member of the Jurisprudence Learning Community, you will:

  • Earn course credit (three credits in the fall semester, one credit in the spring semester)
  • Attend field trips in and around the D.C. area
  • Meet and network with leaders throughout the legal profession
  • Pursue opportunities for leadership development
  • Benefit from law school admissions guidance and resources 
  • Learn alongside students with similar interests and career goals
  • Participate in career workshops and study groups with guidance from legal studies faculty and staff

This community is open to any interested sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

A Supportive Enviroment

The Jurisprudence Learning Community will help you connect with social and academic programs designed to help students with an interest in law, such as the Black Justice Association, Patriot Pre-Law Program, and career services.

You'll also be encouraged to identify organizations and activities in the D.C. area that align with your interests and engage with them. Both individually and as a group, community members will reflect on how these experiences impact their personal and professional goals.

Help Achieving Your Goals

You can also count on easy access to school resources to help prepare you for law school or landing a great job right out of school, such as:

  • Preparation for the LSAT
  • Resume help
  • Career support
  • Guidance on internships
  • Help with personal statements

To participate in the Jurisprudence Learning Community, you should enroll in the Government 301 section that is specifically for learning community members for the fall semester (do not register for the online section).

This course, GOVT 301: Public Law and the Judicial Process:

  • goes towards Law, Philosophy, and Governance concentration in the Government and International Politics major
  • counts as an elective in the Criminology, Law, and Society degree with College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • is a core course in the Legal Studies minor

During spring registration, community members will enroll in a connected 1-credit course for that semester.

For the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years, students who have already taken GOVT 301 but wish to be part of the community can take the 1-credit course in the spring. Following these two inaugural years, it is strongly preferred that all members of the Jurisprudence Learning Community take GOVT 301 and the spring course together.

Professor Ally Coll

Meet the Jurisprudence Learning Community Director 


Professor Ally Coll

For any questions or to learn more, contact: acoll2@gmu.edu