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Welcome to Miami's Sue J. Henry Center for Pre-Law Education website. This Center is dedicated to helping students decide whether law is a good career fit, and assist them in the law school admission process.

What Does This Program Involve?

This is a comprehensive Center designed to supplement pre-law students' learning and practical experience, regardless of their major. Some of the services provided by the program include:

  • Counseling and programming on the different aspects of legal practice
  • Advice on navigating the law school admissions process
  • Career counseling to determine whether law is the best career choice
  • Creation and exploration of leadership programs, legal internship opportunities, and mentorship opportunities
  • A dedicated and comprehensive web portal to keep students, faculty, and alumni apprised of deadlines, programs, and opportunities

We Need Your Help!

We are hoping to gather as much information from our alumni as possible. Our students can benefit from your experiences. If you are interested in helping us, please visit our Support the Henry Pre-Law Center page or contact Maria P. Vitullo, Esq. (

Patent Attorney — A Nice Niche

Jim Heinen (Miami, 2003) majored in Chemistry. He is now an Associate, Intellectual Property Group, Armstrong Teasdale LLP. Mr. Heinen explained how his major led to a career as a patent attorney. [November 2012]

Patent Attorney - A Nice Niche Video Transcript

Analyze an Issue from All Sides

Mark Thompson (Miami, 2011) majored in Political Science and minored in Ethics. He is currently a student at the University of Chicago Law School. Mark described how he decided to become a lawyer and how Miami prepared him for law school. [October 2012]

Analyze an Issue from All Sides Video Transcript

The World Isn't All Contracts and Torts

Beth McNellie (Miami, 1986) majored in Interdisciplinary Studies; she earned her JD in 1989 from Columbia University School of Law. She is a Partner at Baker & Hostetler, LLP (Columbus office). She is a former chair of the Pre-Law Alumni Advisory Board and a member of the College of Arts and Science Alumni Advisory Board. She talked about how Miami prepared her for the Columbia School of Law. [September 2011]

The World Isn't All Contracts and Torts Video Transcript