Georgia State University’s CASA provides centralized Pre-Law programming that complements department-based efforts in order to ignite serious interest in legal careers, support undergraduate experiences in pathways toward law school, and sustain assistance for students and alumni transitioning to and through law school.
Three main goals drive this Pre-Law programming: 1) help students discover whether the study and practice of law are a good fit for their academic, professional, and personal goals; 2) provide Pre-Law mentoring and opportunities that hone interests and keeps students on track toward successful law school bids and progressions; and 3) maintain a legal internship program through local and regional firms.
“Before joining CASA Pre-Law, I have to admit I was lost. I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, but I didn’t have the guidance to show me how to get there. Through the tremendously helpful programs, I have been able to secure a law mentor, LSAT prep skills, and my path to law school is now bright and clearer than ever. If you want to be a lawyer, but don’t know where to start, welcome to CASA Pre-Law.”
Ryan C. Grelecki, J.D., is the CASA Faculty Associate for Pre-Law Programming. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in the Risk Management & Insurance Department in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Professor Grelecki brings both breadth and depth of experience in the legal industry to CASA.
Prior to teaching, Professor Grelecki practiced law for several years in two of the nation’s largest law firms, focused on commercial litigation, electronic records management strategy, litigation avoidance and general business counseling. After full-time practice, he gained invaluable experience in various facets of the legal industry. He worked as a legal recruiter placing attorneys in law firms and corporate legal departments all over the country. He was then the manager of attorney professional development at another of the nation’s largest law firms, overseeing all training initiatives for attorneys, designing developing, and delivering programs to attorneys at all levels in connection with both hard and soft skills. Upon exiting law firm life for good, Professor Grelecki ran his own solo law practice. Prior to law school, Professor Grelecki worked as a Technology Analyst with Accenture, deploying CRM software solutions at large telecommunications companies. He has also worked as Director of Business Development for the Atlanta-based tech start-up, Kredible Technologies. Beyond teaching, Professor Grelecki also provides business development consulting services to law firms and other professional services providers.
Professor Grelecki is a Certified Practitioner of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®), a behavioral science methodology uncovering individual thinking styles and preferences, leveraging this tool in his work with students.