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Bruce McClure

Bruce McClure
Founders Hall 572  A

Professor McClure is a Lecturer, Director of Legal Studies in the PSC/CJ department and Pre Law Advisor for Northern Kentucky University.  He is a native of Northern Kentucky, having been born and raised in Covington, Kentucky.  A graduate of Covington Holmes High School, he served four years in the United States Air Force as a licensed Radiologic Technologist and medical corpsman. 

Professor McClure obtained his B.A. in Political Science from NKU in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1980. He holds an M.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati.  He has over 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney in the areas of general civil and criminal practice including trial work, appellate, personal injury, family and administrative law practice.  He is licensed in Kentucky and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court and the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.   He has also taught for NKU since 1982 in some capacity. 

Professor McClure teaches and has taught Judicial Process, Introduction to Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Race Gender and Politics, Race Gender and the Law, History of Western Political Thought, State and Local Government, American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Behavior, Legal Research and other Political Science and Criminal Justice courses. He is the editor of the Governor John Y. Brown public papers and is published in the Kentucky Governors publication with an article about Governor Brown.  He is a past recipient of the NKU Alumni Distinguished Service Award and a judicial commendation for his representation of juveniles in Juvenile Court Proceedings. He has been appointed to the Kentucky Supreme Court Historical Society.

As the NKU Pre Law Advisor since 2002, Professor McClure works closely with students from all majors and disciplines across campus who have aspirations to gain entrance to law school and coordinates with departments around the university to bring pre law opportunities to students’ attention.   NKU has graduates who have been accepted to law schools throughout the country, including University of Kentucky, University of Dayton, University of Illinois, University of Alabama, Capital School of Law (Columbus), Regents School of Law (Virginia), Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego), Harvard School of Law, University of Cincinnati, Appalachian School of Law (Virginia), University of Louisville, and Salmon P. Chase.  

He is the Faculty Advisor for Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Chapter which works closely with the chapter at Chase Law School in establishing programs such as “Shadow a Law Student for a Day” and mock trial participation by pre law students as witnesses and jurors.  PAD also has brought speakers from the local bench and bar from a list that includes federal judges, state judges and attorneys.  Professor McClure also advises and assists students from around the University to obtain undergraduate internships with local law firms and agencies such as the county attorneys’ offices and public defender’s office and has worked with interns in his own law offices in the past.

Professor McClure offers these thoughts on NKU. “I believe in Northern Kentucky University. My wife, both sons and I all have degrees from here.  Having studied in and taught for several other institutions, I believe that NKU is unsurpassed in quality as a strong and prominent academic institution.  The student body is the beating heart of any university, and NKU’s progress and growth through the decades is evidence of that fact.  I have witnessed this growth as a student and instructor. 

Every semester I have the pleasure of teaching four classes and working with a large number of students who are dedicated and focused on making positive changes in their worlds through education and application of their talents.  Many of my former students, clerks, and interns are now active attorneys, teachers, mediators, state representatives and judges.  I am proud of them and our alma mater, Northern Kentucky University. I enjoy being a part of such a positive force in our community.”  


Recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Student Organization Faculty Advisor of the Year