Program Facts

  • GU Legal Studies Facts

    • Gannon legal studies graduates have an opportunity to earn double majors or minors in law-related fields, such as business, criminal justice, English, accounting, Spanish, social work and political science.
    • Students have opportunities for trial observation at the Erie County Courthouse and Federal Courthouse, which are both adjacent to Gannon’s campus.
    • Legal speciality credits from non-American Bar Association (ABA) approved programs may be transferred as cognates or electives.
    • A paralegal is not licensed to practice law, but works closely with those who are.
    • Legal studies/paralegal students all experience an internship in a legal setting.
    • More than 90 percent of paralegal graduates find employment in the legal field after graduation.

    Major Facts

    • The paralegal profession ranks among the fastest growing occupations in the country, and an increasing number of law firms and other employers with legal staffs are hiring paralegals to improve the availability and efficiency of legal services.
    • The average annual salaries for paralegals range from $34,600 to $59,000, plus bonuses.

    About the Program

    • Gannon’s legal studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is also part of the American Association of Paralegal Educators.
    • Classrooms used for the legal studies program are housed in the Palumbo Academic Center, which provides access to professors and other attorneys and paralegals who teach legal specialty courses.
    • The director of the legal studies/paralegal program is also the pre-law advisor.
    • Legal studies/paralegal students have opportunities to join the Paralegal Club.
    • Legal studies faculty specialize in the areas of law in which they teach courses. The most recent accolade was to the Honorable Stephanie Domitrovich, a faculty member who attained the first Judicial Ph.D. in the United States.