Legal Studies

  • Program Overview

    The Gannon University Legal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA definition of a legal assistant is: "A legal assistant is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, government agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible."

    "The Legal Studies Program mission, at Gannon University, is to provide consistency with the University mission that includes preparing students to enter the legal field with the knowledge, skills and competency to be valued and respected members of the legal profession."

    The most important goal of the legal studies program is to prepare students to enter careers in the legal field, in law firms, courts, public and private settings with the skills important to employers, that includes a strong exposure in what is considered ethical behavior, and with the understanding that without a law degree and bar admission, they will only work under the supervision of an attorney. Other goals include the ability to work on a team and expand their knowledge through continuing legal education.

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Associate of Arts
    • Certificate

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

  •  Gainful Employment for Certificate Program

    Legal Studies
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    Normal Time to Completion  
    18-24 months
    On-Time Completion Rate 2011-12  100% 
    Placement Rate for Completers 2011-12   Not required by an accrediting body 
    Tuition  $14,125
    Fees  $60
    Books and Supplies  $600 
    Median Loan Debt: Title IV funds  N/A 


    N/A:  Either no students graduated from the program in 2011-12; none of the student(s) that graduated from that program in 2011-12 had a loan; and/or the 2011-12 median for that program is = $0.