Pre-law Scholars Program



Ms. Armstrong-Wright's open advising hours are Mondays from noon until 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Advising is also available by appointment. You may contact Ms. Armstrong-Wright by email at Please let her know when to expect you if you would like to talk with her this semester.


Lee County Clerk's Office internships

All pre-law students are eligible for placement in Political Science 4920, an internship for 3 credit hours. These internships are available in fall, spring and summer. The student interns report directly to the Circuit Clerk for Lee County, and are required to work 10 hours per week during the full fall, spring, or summer semester. A paper composed of a description of the duties of each employee of the Clerk’s Office and an explanation of the responsibilities of the Clerk’s Office to the courts, the Sheriff’s Department, and the other county offices served by the Clerk’s Office is required. A grade of satisfactory (passing) or unsatisfactory (failing) is assigned by Ms. Armstrong-Wright, based on the paper and an evaluation provided by the Lee County Clerk at the end of the semester.

This internship is available in fall semester 2017, spring semester 2018, and summer semester 2018. Students interested in enrolling in this internship should notify Ms. Armstrong-Wright at

Summer internships with judges and attorneys

Pre-law students are eligible for placement in summer internships for 3 or 6 credit hours. If you are interested in interning during the summer of 2018 with a judge, law firm, corporation (legal division), U.S. Senator or Congressman, or government office, please send Ms. Armstrong-Wright the following information by March 1:

  • Your email address and telephone number
  • Your class, major, and GPA
  • Your first and second location choices
  • Practice areas of interest to you

Students participating in this internship program will not be paid by the judges or attorneys who host them, but may earn 3 or 6 hours credit (S/U) in political science. Interns are required to work with their assigned judges/lawyers for 10-20 hours per week, receive a favorable review from the judges/lawyers, and write a 10-page paper on a topic relevant to the internship. Ms. Armstrong-Wright will serve as instructor for these internships.


Visiting Law School Representatives



Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series



Pre-Law Scholarships

Pre-Law students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts may compete for several pre-law scholarships:

Morris Savage Pre-Law Scholarship

Michael Carlilse Farrow Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship

Kenneth Ingram Pre-Law Scholarship

J. Scott Vowell Pre-Law Scholarship

Auburn University Bar Association Pre-Law Scholarship

Application Process

Students must apply for the pre-law scholarships listed above through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM). Students can easily search, review requirements, apply, and accept awards for available scholarship opportunities through this portal. Interested students can apply for all institutional scholarships using this online application. The application deadline is March 1, 2018. Students are only required to complete the AUSOM application once each academic year. For more information and updates about AUSOM, please visit To be considered for a pre-law scholarship, current and incoming pre-law students must indicate current involvement with the Pre-Law Scholars Program on the application. For information about university scholarships, please contact the Office of University Scholarships directly at

Graduation Honor Cords

If you will be graduating this semester and have a 3.0 or higher GPA, please make an appointment to stop by Ms. Armstrong-Wright's office, Haley Center 7002, to purchase your Pi Lambda Sigma honor cord (purple and white) for $10 to wear during commencement.

Post-graduate job opportunity

Birmingham law firm Burr & Forman is interviewing senior pre-law students who would like to take one or two years off between graduation from Auburn and beginning law school. Those hired will work with the firm’s paralegal group as full-time employees with benefits. To schedule an interview, please contact Dawn Carre, at 205-458-5253. Take a look at the firm’s website, before calling.

AU Mock Trial Competition Team

The Auburn University Mock Trial Competition Team will hold try-outs for membership on the 2017-18 competition team at the beginning of fall semester. Times are TBA. If you would like to be interviewed for try-outs, please contact Ms. Armstrong-Wright, faculty advisor for the team, by email at The American Mock Trial Association sponsors the official competitions in which the Auburn team competes. More than 600 universities from across the country compete for the National AMTA title. For information about the AMTA, visit

The Department of Political Science offers a class for students interested in mock trial competition. Ms. Armstrong-Wright will teach the class this spring semester on T/Th from 11-12:15. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Armstrong-Wright at for more information on enrolling in the class.

A mock trial consists of two teams who act as either the plaintiff/prosecution or the defense. Each team presents its side of the case in front of three judges who score the team members based on their performance. Each team has its own witnesses and attorneys, and must be prepared to argue both sides of the case at the tournament. The Auburn team is assisted and coached by an advisory council of attorneys and judges who are Auburn University graduates. The Mock Trial Competition class, which is offered by the Department of Political Science each spring and taught by the team’s faculty advisor, Debra Armstrong-Wright gives interested students a chance to learn more about the AMTA Rules of Evidence and Procedural Rules and to join the Auburn team. The College of Liberal Arts, the Pre-Law Scholars Program and the Department of Political Science are very proud of the success of this team and wish these students the best of luck in the upcoming national competitions.

For more information about Mock Trial Competition at Auburn, please contact Debra Armstrong-Wright, Practitioner-in-Residence, Pre-Law Scholars Program, College of Liberal Arts, at


For more information:

Debra Armstrong-Wright

7002 Haley Center
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-6166

Last Updated: August 18, 2017