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Pre-Law

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Degree Details

Offered as: Bachelor

Optional Certificates/Specializations
  • Business/Accounting Specialization
  • Criminology Specialization
  • English Specialization
  • History/Political Science Specialization
  • Paralegal Certificate

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning
  • Great internship opportunities
  • Experienced faculty

Why study Pre-Law at Mount Aloysius College?

You will benefit from a hands-on advantage in your pre-law education that includes a required off-campus internship. Focused on law school acceptance, our liberal arts curriculum allows students to incorporate traditional political science and American history studies with ethics and law.

Our extensive course selections teach graduates a foundation for all disciplines of law. A pre-law seminar focuses your preparation for the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT). Students also have the choice of pursuing a Paralegal Certificate. The Certificate qualifies you to function in a variety of legal environments including law offices, corporations, governmental agencies or other pursuits where a law background is vital.

What do Pre-Law graduates do?

After graduation, students may choose to enter law school or go directly into the workforce.

Lawyers advocate, advise and counsel their clients about legal options and can represent them in criminal or civil court proceedings. Clients can be individuals or businesses and organizations. Outside of the courtroom, lawyers do research and prepare case files.

Legal assistants and paralegals, while two separate terms, are generally the same job. Both professions complete a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents. Paralegals and legal assistants help lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings.  A legal assistant’s specific duties often vary depending on the area of law or size of the firm in which they work.

Possible Careers

Pre-Law graduates have a plethora of career options in addition to becoming an attorney including:

  • Law secretary
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal services
  • Local government
  • Federal government
  • State government
  • Finance and insurance

Are their job openings? How much will I make?

The demand for lawyers is expected to rise 6% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 43,800 jobs.*

The average median wage for an lawyer in the state of Pennsylvania is $131,090.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

The demand for paralegals and legal assistants is expected to rise 8% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 21,200 jobs.**

The average median wage for a paralegal and legal assistant in the state of Pennsylvania is $53,390.**

**Bureau of Labor Statistics

Success Stories

Eli Troup, ‘10, is a Legal Services Coordinator at Family Design Resources
Amber Trude, ‘15, is a Paralegal at the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office
Marin Cypher, ‘15, is a Law Student at Duquesne University School of Law
Colleen Cannon, ‘16, is a Paralegal at the Lindsay Law Firm.

Who will teach me?

The Justice, Law and Society Department is comprised of full-time faculty who hold their Juris Doctorate and Doctoral Degrees, as well as adjunct faculty who also have their Juris Doctorate Degrees. Law classes are taught by practicing lawyers; while other core classes are taught by business, history/political science and criminology professors who bring their varied backgrounds into the classroom.

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Meet Our Department!

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Julie Smith
Chairperson of Justice, Law, and Society Department, Professor of History/Political Science, Coordinator for Secondary Education
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Joseph Bobak
Assistant Professor of Criminology
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Elizabeth Mansley
Assistant Professor of Criminology
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Matthew Arsenault
Assistant Professor of Political Science
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David Andrews
Full-time In-House Counsel in the Office of General Counsel



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