Pre-Law Advising Within the University
GSU has a unique approach to providing pre-law advising services to students. Whereas most universities merely have one official pre-law adviser, at GSU we combine an innovative official centralized pre-law advising program (called “CASA Pre-Law”) with an extended informal network of faculty and administrators throughout the university. Our approach has many advantages, but probably the biggest is that it provides pre-law students with abundant opportunities for receiving sound advice from multiple individuals with different backgrounds and perspectives.
Currently, the faculty member most responsible for official centralized pre-law advising at GSU is Professor Ryan Grelecki, who heads-up pre-law programming for CASA Pre-Law and also serves as one of GSU’s two official Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Pre-Law Advisers. The other official LSAC Pre-Law Adviser at GSU is lawyer and doctoral student Yoshana Hill, who is also professor Grelecki’s graduate assistant at CASA Pre-Law. Professor Grelecki and Attorney Hill are happy to meet with you by appointment or during their open office hours to discuss your pre-law-related questions. (If you have not already, make sure to join the GroupMe for CASA Pre-Law so you can receive updates about office hours and be among the first to hear about CASA Pre-Law advising events and other opportunities.)
The members of our pre-law advising network are also eager to offer advice. And we in fact encourage students to seek advice from multiple sources since we all have different backgrounds and, thus, offer different perspectives and insights on law school and the legal profession. Here is a list of members of the informal GSU pre-law advising network organized alphabetically by institutional affiliation:
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Cyntoria Johnson. Clinical Instructor. Webpage.
Michael Shapiro. Clinical Instructor / Internship Coordinator. Faculty adviser for GSU’s Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and faculty adviser for Criminal Justice Student Association. Webpage.
Elizabeth Lopez. Associate Professor. Webpage.
Robert Baker. Associate Professor. Webpage.
Fritz Kroncke. Academic Adviser and Internship Coordinator. Email: email@example.com
Legal Studies (through Robinson College of Business)
Ryan Grelecki. Clinical Assistant Professor. Former Faculty Associate for Pre-Law Programming at GSU’s CASA Pre-Law. GSU LSAC Pre-Law Adviser. Founder of the LawWhys pre-law discovery program. Webpage.
Charlotte Alexander. Assistant Professor of Legal Studies with secondary appointment at GSU College of Law. Webpage.
Perry Binder. Clinical Associate Professor. Webpage.
Laura Green. Director of External Relations (Department of Risk Management and Insurance). Email: Lgreen42@gsu.edu
Peggy Sherman: Clinical Associate Professor. Webpage.
Harold Weston: Clinical Associate Professor. Webpage.
Susan Willey. Clinical Professor. Webpage.
Office of Black Student Achievement
C. Bernard McCrary: Senior Student Development Specialist. Adviser for GSU Pre-Law Division of National Black Law Student Association. Webpage.
Tamra Ortgies-Young. Assistant Professor of Political Science (History and Political Science. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Robertson. Instructor of Political Science (History and Political Science). Email: email@example.com
Adam Stone. Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Department Chair. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
George Vargis. Associate Professor and Chair (History and Political Science). Email: email@example.com
S. M. Love. Assistant Professor. Webpage.
Michael Fix. Associate Professor. Webpage.
Robert Howard. Professor. Webpage.
Amy Steigerwalt. Professor. Webpage.
Pre-Law Advising Outside the University
In addition to seeking advice from members of our pre-law advising network, it is important to seek advice from lawyers outside the university. This is a good reason to join pre-law student groups (especially the Pre-Law Society, National Black Law Student Association, and/or Criminal Justice Student Association), because such groups often bring in lawyers and representatives from law schools to speak to club members. You can also meet attorneys and receive a lot of helpful advice by getting jobs or internships in law offices or courts. So that’s another good reason to seek those opportunities. See the page called “Get Prepared” for more information about seeking internships.