Pre-Law Society

In addition to the 120 or so events the LEAP Center participates in every year, the Center also oversees three distinct student organizations: the LEAP Ambassadors, the Moot Court Team, and the Pre-Law Society.

The Pre-Law Society is the largest of such groups on campus.  With 45 members–despite only being in its first year–the organization hosts speakers, puts on workshops, and participates in many pre-law activities across the campus and beyond.


This past semester, our speakers included: Rhonda Beassie, Attorney for the Texas State University System and former Associate Dean of Career Development at UH Law School;

Rhonda Beassie, Pre-Law Society, LEAP Center, SHSU

…David Weeks, District Attorney for Walker County;

David Weeks, Pre-Law Society, SHSU, LEAP Center

…and Nicole Tarrence, Associate Dean of Recruitment at South Texas College of Law Houston.

The dues for the Pre-Law Society are $20 a semester, plus a $35 initiation fee for the student’s first semester (this fee pays for t-shirt and cords).  For more information, contact the Pre-Law Society’s advisor Mike Yawn at


Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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