The Saint Joseph’s University Pre-Law program adapts cura personalis to the law advising process combining academic and professional advice for students from all majors.  Our law advisors have up-to-date knowledge of the law school process and attend NAPLA regularly to bring information on institutions and trends to all students and alumni.

If you are considering law school, please click the button and fill out the form to receive e-mail notifications of all pre-law activities and events.

Before applying to law school, it is important to have a strong understanding of the application process.  The following steps outline what makes a strong applicant.

Understand the LSAT

LSAT Prep Course

Saint Joseph's University Pre-Law program will host an LSAT course in Spring 2018.  This course is subsidized by a generous grant from the SJU Law Alumni Association endowment.

Registration for the course will open in November 2017.

Questions? Please e-mail cfalcone@sju.edu.

Take Courses to Develop Your Skills

There is no one path to a great legal education or career.  The American Bar Association does not recommend any particular major or set of courses.  Rather, they recommend a set of skills, a broad range of courses from demanding teachers, attention to values, exposure to the law, and pursuit of your passions:

Problem Solving | Critical Reading | Writing and Editing | Oral Communication and Listening | Research | Organization and Management | Public Service and Promotion of Justice | Relationship-building and Collaboration | Background Knowledge | Exposure to the Law

Saint Joseph's University’s Justice and Ethics in the Law minor combines ALL these recommended skills, opportunities for legal internships, and challenging professors by offering a wide variety of courses from both the College of Arts and Sciences and Haub School of Business.  Requirements and a list of courses may be found here.

We highly recommend reading more about the skills required for being a successful law student and legal professional here.

Find the Right School

Before you apply to law school it is important to have an understanding of where you will have a competitive application so that you can develop a list of competitive, reach, and safety schools.  Once you have completed the LSAT, review the following links to determine the LSAT and GPA expectations of schools. This knowledge will help you evaluate where you might have the greatest chance for admission.

LSAC Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools

How I Compare
Create your free profile, be sure your username is anonymous and can not be tied to you, and connect with Christine Falcone through the system.

NAPLA/SAPLA Book of Law School Lists

When you have completed your list, make an appointment to meet with Ms. Christine Falcone (call 610-660-3100) to discuss your application strategy.

Financing Your Law Degree

Most law schools offer some sort of financial assistance, but this is not always guaranteed for the length of the program.  Many schools offer merit-based, need-based scholarships, and loan repayment assistance programs. It is important to become familiar with resources available to you as you navigate this process.

Review Financing Your Legal Education to become knowledgeable on key terms, resources, and the process in place to support your law school funding.

Create a custom financial worksheet for your prospective schools to easily compare your financial options and to clearly see differences in your options.  Discuss your worksheet with the pre-law advisors in an appointment.

Create a Strong Application

Each piece of the application is an arrow in your quiver – so arrows can come from different sources, not just your personal statement.  What is most important is attention to detail and a personal statement that is authentic (rings true to who you are).

Exude Professionalism

Professionalism is just as important when applying to law school as it is when applying for a job.  Your actions demonstrate respect for those around you and a sincere interest in your candidacy.

Professionalism is more than just having an effective resume or strong interview; it includes editing emails and application documents, dressing appropriately for events and interviews, and addressing individuals by formal title. Students are asked to disclose everything (e.g. Academic Honesty violations, open liquor, arrests, etc).  Even expunged crimes must be disclosed. Handling disclosure honestly and appropriately is also a sign of professionalism.

For more information about presenting yourself in a professional manner review Career Development Webinars.

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Pre-Law Events

Events

Corporate Scandal: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 21; 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Young, Conaway, Stargatt, and Taylor, LLP (Wilmington, DE)
This panel discussion, hosted by Penn State Dickinson Law, will focus on the Department of Justice's policies on corporate crime during the Clinton, Bush II, and the Obama administration and will discuss what might change during the Trump administration.  Register here by February 16.

Drexel Law School Visit - Law School Success for Diverse Candidates
Tuesday, February 28; 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Drexel University, School of Law
Saint Joseph's University Pre-Law Program and the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity are hosting a trip to Drexel University School of Law for diverse students who are typically underrepresented in law school. You will have the opportunity to tour the school and then attend a reception with current students which will give you the chance to learn how Drexel Law supports diverse student populations to create an inclusive culture, along with key things to consider when applying to law school.  Transportation to and from Drexel Law will be provided.  Please sign up here.

JUST Listening: A 2 Part Training
Wednesday, March 1, 2017; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
McShain 5th Floor, Large Meeting Room
Presented by Sharon Browning, JD and sponsored by the Faith-Justice Institute and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, this two part training will focus on the fundamentals of listening (Part 1) and how this developed skill can support a more inclusive Jesuit Catholic community.  To learn more about the training, click here.  To register, click here.

JDs on Campus: A Discussion
Monday, March 6, 2017; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Doyle Banquet Hall, South
A degree in law can result in many different career paths. Attend this lunch to speak with the JDs who work on Saint Joseph's University's campus. Learn about how their law degrees have contributed to their success in various roles. Ask questions. Gain contacts. Pizza will be provided. RSVP through your SJUcareers account.

SJU Summit: Leadership in Action
Saturday, March 25, 2017; 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Campion Student Center
Attend the SJU Summit to hear alumni, faculty, and experts speak on the topic of leadership.  Sessions will be action-focused, leaving you with information and resources that can be applied to your personal leadership style, your leadership roles on campus, and integrating leadership into your professional life when you leave SJU.  Students of all class years are welcome. Register here.

How to Spend Your Gap Year: An Alumni Panel
Tuesday, March 28, 2017; 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
North Lounge, Campion Student Center
Gap years are increasing in popularity, with the majority of 1L students having taken a gap year prior to beginning law school.  Attend this panel to hear what SJU alumni have done in their gap years to help you decide if a gap year is right for you.  RSVP through SJUcareers.

 

Summer Opportunities

Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program
May 15, 2017 - June 8, 2017
Florida State College of Law
This free summer program provides college students with an "inside look" at law school and the legal profession and helps them decide if law school is the right choice for their careers.  Take classes taught by law professors, attend academic and professional development workshops and take field trips.  The program is free and a $500 travel stipend is provided at completion of the program.  Application deadline is Friday, March 24.  See website for more details.

Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program
May 29, 2017 - June 23, 2017
University of Maine, School of Law
Apply for this free four week intensive summer leadership program, targeted to college students with racial and ethnic minority backgrounds as well as first generation college students.  This program will expose you to careers in law, law school, and arm you with skills that you can use in all industries.  Attendees receive a stipend.  Applications are accepted starting on January 15 with a deadline of March 1.  See website for more details.

Ron Brown Prep Program
June 2017 - July 2017
St. John's University Law School
Open to students from rising sophomores through rising seniors, the Ron Brown Prep Program through St. John's University Law School prepares students for the challenges of law school and the law school application process through internships, LSAT prep, and courses.  The goal of the program is to help raise the number of diverse, disadvantaged students in law schools.  Application deadline is March 31, 2017.  See website for more details.

Fordham Pre-Law Institute
July 5, 2017 - August 8, 2017
Fordham Law
School

Earn undergraduate credits while spending the summer in New York City and learning the fundamentals of U.S. law.  Classes are taught by Fordham law professors and optional sessions will prepare you for the law school application process.  See website for more details.

Webinars

Expert Advice for Undergraduates as they Explore and Plan for Law School
Hosted by Michigan State University School of Law
February 22; 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
This webinar will host a panel of experts who will offer:

  • Tips for assessing whether law school is a good investment
  • Recommendations for learning about legal careers
  • Suggestions for courses and experiences that will position you for success in the admissions process and law school
  • A discussion of the skills and competencies required for future members of the law profession.

Strategies for Success on the LSAT
Hosted by Michigan State University School of Law
Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
This webinar, presented by Jon Denning, Vice President of PowerScore Test Preparation, will offer an informative overview of the LSAT, suggestions for creating an effective LSAT preparation plan, and recommendations for optimizing performance on the LSAT.  Register here.

Ongoing Events

Career Conversations
Register for your SJU Connects account here and schedule career conversations with law alumni and alumni in fields of interest.

Internships
An internship in the legal field will help you clarify if a law career is a good fit. It will also help give you exposure to different areas of the law.   For more information on internships in the legal fields, click here.  For guidance on how to find an internship, please contact the Career Development Center.

NOTE: The Career Development Center is now located in the tan house behind the Maguire Wolfington Welcome Center (Admissions), #59 on the campus map

Pre-Law Timeline

Contact Us

Meet Pre-Law Advisors

Our law advising combines resources from Career Development, a focused law advisor selected from the faculty, and members of the Pre-Law Advising Board (faculty from departments across the University who assist students in understanding the experience of law school and the practice of the law).

Dr. Susan Liebell, associate professor of Political Science is available to help students craft their essays and put law and law school in context by helping students understand the different types of law schools.

Ms. Christine Falcone, assistant director of the Career Development Center, demystifies the process by outlining the nuts and bolts of the application process and helping students clarify career goals.

We provide accurate and up-to-date information about financing and push students to think critically about the debt they would acquire and how it might impact other life choices.

Advisory Board

Dr. John McCall, Ph.D., professor, the John McShain Chair in Ethics
Dr. William McDevitt, JD, professor of Management
Dr. Regina Robson, JD, associate professor of Management
Dr. Robert Moore, Ph.D. & JD, assistant professor of Sociology

We thoughtfully push students on their reasons for getting a law degree given their career objectives, including asking whether they should go or not go to law school.  When possible, we encourage students to take classes that will help them be successful in the application process and in their legal studies (e.g. logic, economics, courses using case-based analytic reasoning, courses that introduce students to areas of substantive and procedural law to which they will be exposed during law school.

Scheduling an Appointment

Dr. Liebell is available to speak by phone or in person.  To schedule an appointment, e-mail sliebell@sju.edu.

Ms. Falcone is available by appointment in the Career Development Center (610) 660-3100.