Pre-law

The Department of History & Political Science

  •  Pre Law at SFU

    Why Study Pre-Law

    Do you enjoy debating others? Are you fascinated by trials and court cases? Do you have a passion for justice? Do you want to have a positive impact on society? Do you want to join a well-respected profession? If so, then Pre-Law may be for you!

    The Pre-Law concentration at Saint Francis University is excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing a law degree after college or joining the legal profession in other capacities, such as the paralegal field.

    Degree Options

    • Pre-Law Studies Concentration, B.A - The Pre-Law concentration is available as a concentration to students majoring in Political Science, Public Administration/Government Service, History, and other subject areas who are interested in attending law school. While this concentration is not mandatory for students preparing for a legal career, it does provide a unique preparation for law school. Enrolling in the Pre-Law Concentration ensures that interested students will receive appropriate advising as they prepare for a career in the legal profession.

    Pre-Law at SFU

    • Structured yet flexible program: Carefully selected courses from political science, history, philosophy, logic, statistics, economics, English and other disciplines; compatible with all majors
    • Skill development: Course work aimed at preparing students for law school, emphasizing communication, research, analytical and problem-solving skills; case briefing exercises; moot court exercises built around hypothetical but real-world issues
    • Ethics and values: In keeping with the Franciscan heritage of the institution you will learn to develop a respect for others and a concern for the larger community around you; the concentration emphasizes ethical decision-making
    • Professional advising: Designated faculty Pre-Law Advisor; member of the Northeastern Association of Pre-Law Advisors; Pre-Law Advisory Committee available for additional assistance
    • Pre-Law Club: Sponsors debates, films, guest speakers, Constitution Day and Law Day programming, and moot court exercises; visits to law schools and law school fairs; field trips to the Constitution Center, the U.S. Supreme Court and elsewhere
    • Law School preparation support: Mini-grants to defray costs; LSAT prep course; Richard-Dorsey Muller Scholarships for qualifying graduating students attending Law School
    • 3+3 program with Duquesne University School of Law: Complete your B.A. or B.S. in three years and Law School in three years; Duquesne’s Legal Research and Writing Program ranked in the top 10 nationally
    • Internships: Local law offices and courthouses; Pennsylvania Government; legal affairs internships in Washington, DC 
    • Red Mass/Law Days: Saint Francis University’s recognition of National Law Day; meet and network with lawyers, judges, law enforcement leaders, and other legal affairs specialists

    Career Possibilities

    Job outlook for legal fields (Bureau of Labor Statics, Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Spring 2010)

    • Lawyers: projected 13% growth (98,500 new jobs) from 2008 to 2018
    • Paralegal and legal assistants: projected 28% growth (74,100 new jobs) from 2008-2018

    Median salaries (Bureau of Labor Statics, Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Winter 2009-2010)

    • For lawyers (May 2008): $110,590.00
    • For paralegals and legal assistants (May 2008): $46,120.00

    What Law Schools do SFU Pre-Law students attend?

    • Boston College School of Law, Newton, MA
    • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
    •  Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA and State College, PA
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI
    •  University of Pittsburgh Law School, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
    • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA
    • Washington &Lee, University School of Law, Lexington, VA
    • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
    • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE 
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