Legal Studies Student Organizations

The following student organizations are available for Legal Studies students:

UWF Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International

P.A.D.'s Pre-Law Program resulted from extensive P.A.D. sponsored research and surveys which demonstrated that no national organization was effectively addressing the needs of pre-law students. When the results of P.A.D.'s research were presented to law students, attorneys, and judges on the floor of the 1980 P.A.D. International Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas, it was decided that Phi Alpha Delta would accept the challenge to better equip pre-law students for the rigors of law school and the legal profession. The fundamental objective of P.A.D.'s Pre-Law Program is to assist undergraduate students to make an "informed choice" in selecting law as a career, deciding which law school to attend, and in preparing for the rigors of law school. Phi Alpha Delta remains the only Law Fraternity and the only national legal organization of any kind with a national Pre-Law Program committed to meeting the needs of undergraduate students interested in the law.

Please go to for more information and to join the international organization. For further information please contact the chapter advisor, Professor Charlie Penrod.

Mock Trial Team

The UWF Mock Trial Team allows students from all majors to participate in undergraduate mock trial competitions as part of AMTA, the American Mock Trial Association (Website: As part of this group, students must prepare cases for trial by developing opening statements, witness testimony, and closing arguments. Students compete against other undergraduate students in trial competitions across the country. The UWF team has won numerous awards over the last several years. The Mock Trial Team helps students develop critical thinking skills, public speaking skills, and knowledge of the rules of evidence. This is an invaluable experience for students who are interested in working in the legal system as lawyers, witnesses, or paralegals.

For further information, please contact team coach Professor Charlie Penrod

Visit the UWF Mock Trial Team website