Program Facts

  • GU Pre-Law Facts

    • Gannon University has a pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, the largest law fraternity in the country. This pre-law club gives students the opportunity to take field trips to law schools, participate in service learning in the legal community and form study groups to prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
    • The legal studies program advisor can arrange an internship experience for students, giving them hands-on experience in a legal setting.

    Major Facts

    • Employment opportunities are abundant in the courts as well as corporate, banking and insurance industries. Projections for these opportunities are within the top 10 of all occupations.
    • Through the next decade, increased demands for lawyers will result from continued growth in areas such as population, health care, intellectual property, international law, elder law, sexual harassment, oil and gas, and the environment.
    • Salaries for lawyers, depending on location and specialization, are in the $60,000 to $120,000 range. Positions in related fields, such as paralegal, are in the $34,600 to $59,000 range, depending on experience and location.

    About the Program

    • Classrooms used for the pre-law program are housed in the Palumbo Academic Center, which provides liberal access to professors and other attorneys and paralegals who teach legal specialty courses.
    • Many pre-law students take advantage of the courses offered within the legal studies/paralegal program. The legal studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Taking some of these classes helps to further students’ knowledge of the legal field prior to entering law school.
    • The pre-law advisor is also the director of the legal studies/paralegal program. Many students complete a legal studies certificate and a pre-law minor to add to their educational portfolio, which can be completed within four years with proper course sequencing.
    • Gannon University and Duquesne University offer a competitive, six-year program for students interested in law.