Jackson State University College of Liberal Arts unveils new Pre-Law Center in honor of Attorney Bob Owens

JACKSON, Miss – Jackson State University students who aspire to have a career in law will now have a space dedicated to making those goals a reality. The JSU College of Liberal Arts unveiled the new Bob Owens Pre-Law Center, located on the second floor of the Dolly M.E. Robinson Building. A large gathering of family, friends, colleagues, and elected officials attended the event honoring alumnus Bob Owens, J.D.

“I want to give thanks to Attorney Owens. Twenty-four years ago in the Fall of 1998 you came and spoke to our class,” recalls President Thomas Hudson, J.D. “I was a student here at Jackson State University and just during that short time you poured something into us and into me that I feel sparked everything that you’re seeing here today. It’s that life of service, that legacy of excellence. We’re just so thankful it culminated in this moment where we can have the Bob Owens Pre-Law Center that we needed when we were students here.”

In keeping with the university’s strategic plan to foster student success through student-centered programs, the Bob Owens Pre-Law Center’s premiere program will be the Bob Owens Pre-Law Academy. The academy will serve as an accelerated and interdisciplinary boost to prepare students for the LSAT exam and the difficulties of Law School.  The center will bring together new program delivery models and challenging initiatives that will aid JSU students interested in attending top-tier law schools.

“We envision Jackson State as a major pipeline for law schools around the country, for this to be accomplished we’ll need each of you to be ambassadors for JSU and the Bob Owens Center,” expressed Owens. 

The Bob Owens Academy will focus on implementing preparatory programs, special projects, events and co-curricular activities. The undergraduate academy welcomes students from various studies to apply if they possess a serious desire to work in the field of law.

“The center does not promote any particular major. A student with a strong academic record and a strong interest in pursuing law will be considered,” says KB Turner, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Research shows that students with a background in biology, physics, history, and English tend to also be accepted at compatible rates as those students with degrees in social sciences, like political science or criminal justice.”

JSU alumnus Charles Irvin, Ph.D., will serve as the advisor for the Bob Owens Pre-Law center. During the ceremony Irvin praised Owens and his family for investing in the future generations of lawyers who will graduate from Jackson State and pursue law degrees. Irvin also spoke about his plans to lead students of the Bob Owens Academy to success.

“Establishing a successful pipeline means those students need to be ready and what does it mean to be ready? It’s rigor, it’s exploration, exposure, advantage detail and yield. You’re going to need a certain GPA and you’re going to need a certain LSAT score those are practical implications that we’ll deal with,” stated Irvin.

The first class of the Bob Owens Academy will enroll in the Fall of 2022.