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  • Make Your Mark on Tomorrow with Expertise in Pre-Law from Gannon University

    Gannon University’s Charles W. Deaner, Esq. ’48 Pre-Law program prepares you to enter into Gannon’s legal studies program and pursue a career in law school or a legal profession. Engage in course and project work to learn the fundamentals of analyzing problems, identifying significant facts, evaluating precedent, interpreting statues and constructing policy arguments. Through flexible course scheduling and one-on-one faculty advising, you can tailor your academic experience as you prepare to launch your career and improve the future in impactful ways.

    • Connect with a network of graduates in prestigious positions.
    • Tailor your course of study to your individual interests and professional goals.
    • Engage in meaningful coursework that leads to a variety of careers in legal and related disciplines.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Pre-Law

    • Master critical and objective thinking skills that are essential in the career field.  
    • Pursue internship opportunities that offer valuable connections and experiences that prepare you for your career.  
    • Choose a concentration and plan a course of study best suited to your individual interests. Options include pursuing a legal studies major or certificate, which can be incorporated into your degree of choice.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Attend conferences and lecture series featuring predominate legal leaders at the local, state and national level, including former Pennsylvania Governor and first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.
    • Gain valuable global leadership experience by participating in one of the country’s first Model U.N. programs.  
    • Pursue classes from local judges and lawyers who teach in their prospective fields.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key pre-law courses including:

    Introduction to Law in Society: Learn legal institutions and processes, evolution of the American legal system, major substantive areas of law, legal reasoning and the adversarial process and the role of attorneys and courts in American society.

    Legal Analysis and Persuasion: Learn to persuade a targeted audience in both written and oral forms through briefs, mock appellate arguments and mock trial. 

    Career Preparation in Law: Prepare to enter a legal career, take the LSAT, and gain acceptance into law school. 

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Our pre-law program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can: 

    • Prepare for further graduate study in prestigious schools including Charlotte School of Law, Cleveland Marshall School of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
    • Prepare for a career in corporate practice, government, politics, private practice, public interest law, civil and criminal law or patent and copyright law.  
    • Earn an annual median wage of $126,930 for lawyers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Eleni Vlachos School of Humanities and Social Sciences

“I am thankful for my professors who involve me in the Erie community through internships and interpersonal connections."

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.