Pre-Law

A four-year course of liberal arts study at St. Lawrence is an excellent foundation for law school. There is no formal pre-law curriculum and law schools require no particular major. Students interested in law should acquire a good general education, demonstrating achievement in serious and substantial courses.

  • Students are advised to take foundation courses in all aspects of liberal education––humanities, science, social science, and arts––and to study such areas as basic accounting, economics, government, and history.
  • Courses and majors that demand expository writing, sustained research, and the analysis of arguments are especially apt.
  • Courses in reasoning and symbolic logic are also helpful in preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Students wishing to pursue law school should plan to take the LSAT no later than the early fall of their senior year, as admission is heavily dependent on the LSAT score. Information about the LSAT can be obtained from the offices of Academic Advising Programs in the Whitman Annex and in the Career Services Office in the Sullivan Student Center.

The Pre-Law Advising Committee provides briefings periodically for students at all levels of preparation.

Upcoming event: Preparing for the LSAT, Thursday, Sept. 7, 12:00, Monaco Rm (SC 242). If you're thinking about law school, you need to understand the importance of scoring well on the entrance exam -- the earlier the better so you can practice, practice, practice!  Pre-register ("+ Join Event") in Handshake for this presentation by Dr. Cathy Crosby, JD, PhD.

For further information, consult the Law School Application Resources document (below) as well as the website of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), which has information for prospective students, including advice on preparing yourself for law school, dates and locations of LSAT administration, and the law school application process.

The St. Lawrence University-Cornell Law School Scholarship Fund offers one student per year who is accepted to Cornell Law School a full scholarship. Come to an information session on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Monaco Room (Student Center 242). To register, "Join Event" in Handshake.

Students with specific questions about their plans should meet with one of the Pre-Law Advisors:

• Ron Albertson, Director of Career Services (Sullivan Student Center, ralbertson@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5962)

• Cathy Crosby, Associate Professor of Psychology (Valentine 113, ccrosby@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5167)

• Elun Gabriel, Associate Dean for Academic Advising Programs (Whitman Annex 4, egabriel@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5149)