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Pre-Law & Paralegal

  • Why Study Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies

    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.

    A pre-law student who takes pre-law electives in a deliberate manner can complete the Paralegal Minor without taking any additional credits. This is a great opportunity for students who are unsure about making a commitment to law school. Complete the paralegal minor, get a job in a legal setting, earn a salary, and sample the profession before deciding to go to law school.

    Degree Options

    • Pre-Law Studies Concentration - History B.A. Course Catalog Major Requirements | Political Science B.A.  Course Catalog Major Requirements
      • 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 Studies Concentration - Course Catalog Major Requirements
    • Pre-Law Early Admissions Programs: Complete your B.A. or B.S. in three years at SFU, and Law School in three years at the following schools:
      • 3+3 program with Duquesne University School of Law. Duquesne’s Legal Research and Writing Program ranked in the top 10 nationally.
      • 3+3 program with Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law.
    • Paralegal MinorCourse Catalog Major Requirements

    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
    • 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, 2016-17 Edition)

    • Lawyers: projected 6% growth, 2014 to 2024
    • Paralegal and legal assistants: projected 85% growth, 2014-2024
    • Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators: projected 9% growth, 2014-2024

    Median salaries (Bureau of Labor Statics, Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition)

    • For lawyers: $118,160.00
    • For paralegals and legal assistants: $49,500.00
    • For arbitrators, mediators and conciliators: $59,770.00

    What Law Schools do SFU Pre-Law students attend?

    • Boston College School of Law, Newton, MA
    • Drexel University Thomas r. Kline School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
    • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
    •  Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA and State College, PA
    • Penn State Law, University Park, PA
    • University of Iowa college of Law, Iowa City, IA
    • University of Pittsburgh Law School, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA
    • Washington &Lee, University School of Law, Lexington, VA
    • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
    • William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA
    • Widener University Commonwealth Law School, Harrisburg, PA
    • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE