Law School professors offer ‘Topics in Political Science: Lawyers and Legal Institutions’ summer course for undergraduates

Are you or someone you know considering going to law school? Want to know more about what it’s actually like to go to law school without having to pay the cost of law school tuition? Then two Wake Forest University School of Law professors have the course for you.

For the first time, Wake Forest students or undergraduates from other universities and colleges can sign up for “Topics in Political Science: Lawyers and Legal Institutions” (PS 286), which will be offered for credit beginning in May during Summer Session I. 

This undergraduate course, sponsored by the law school and taught by law Professors Wilson Parker and Chris Coughlin, will introduce students to the legal system and legal analysis.  Students will learn what law school is like and what lawyers actually do, whether trying a murder case or drafting a prenuptial agreement. 

“By offering this course we also want to get more people involved in the government and political process,” Coughlin explained. 

This is a three-credit course that will count toward a political science major or fulfill an elective.

In four weeks, you can find out if law school is for you and learn more about how our government works.  As a bonus, the Law School has arranged for Kaplan to offer (at a discount) its LSAT prep course for anyone interested, which could be taken simultaneously to the course.

This new political science course in collaboration with the law school is offered  from 9 a.m. to noon Monday – Thursday.  It begins May 23 and ends on June 9.   

This course will be highly experiential and will involve applying the legal and ethical principles students study to realistic scenarios, according to Professor Parker. During the course, students will have opportunities to visit several different types of legal institutions, including state and federal courts, the state Legislature and an administrative body.

For more information, please contact Professor Parker ( or Professor Coughlin  (