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Lane Sunderland

Chancie Ferris Booth Professor of Political Science, Pre-Law Advisor

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Lane Sunderland

At Knox Since: 1972

Chancie Ferris Booth Professor of Political Science; Pre-Law Advisor

Sunderland has been a Supreme Court Fellow for more than 20 years.

Do you have any advice for students interested in Knox's pre-law program?

Pick a major that you're most interested in and where you feel you can excel. Since law schools require no set curriculum for applicants, successful law students are well-rounded in many academic areas ranging from the humanities to social sciences -- making a liberal arts college an ideal place for pre-law students. The quality of academic counseling and the personal nature of instruction at Knox increase your chances of fully developing your academic potential and therefore achieving a good academic record.

How do you help students who on their way to law school?

To help students perform well on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), I developed a series of study sessions to help students prepare for the test. Students find these sessions extremely helpful in raising their scores. By keeping a careful eye on students' progress and the classes they've taken, I'm eager to help students design a curriculum that achieves both the goals of a liberal arts education and their individual interest in law -- whether it's in patent, public interest, business, or other areas of the law.

What are you currently working on?

Outside the classroom, I am currently studying Associate Justice Stephen Breyer's constitutional jurisprudence and have published two books and many articles that focus on issues such as constitutional interpretation, First Amendment church and state issues, and the rule of law in the 21st century. I also worked with Former Chief Justice Warren Burger to establish the James Madison Memorial Fellowship, which provides financial assistance to students who plan to become teachers of the American Constitution.

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