Prepare for Your Career in the Courtroom

Integrity, compassion, ethics and justice are the ideals of the legal profession, and the foundation on which Canisius College’s pre-law program is built.  Open to students interested in law or law-related careers, the program provides an ethical framework for the profession, while developing in students the analytical and communication skills necessary to influence with confidence and clarity.  Students gain working knowledge about the law when they travel to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments or are visited in class by prominent legal minds, including U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Unique to the program is the Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center.  One of the first of its kind in the country, the center works one-on-one with students to help them to select the law school that’s right for them; advise them through the lengthy application process; and prepare them for the law school admission test.  

The success of pre-law at Canisius is evidenced by its alumni, who include congressmen, state Supreme Court justices and leading attorneys.  Many guest lecture at Canisius and are mentors to students.

 Why Study Pre-Law at Canisius

  • The number of Canisius pre-law students accepted into graduate school exceeds the national average, which is 50 percent.
  • 120 Canisius pre-law students have received Raichle scholarships. Ninety percent of these Raichle Scholars went on to law school, seven obtained PhDs and three won Fulbright Scholarships.
  • Canisius pre-law students are accepted into the top law schools in the country, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, Columbia University, Notre Dame University, Cornell University, Duke University, Boston College and George Washington University. 
  • The Raichle Pre-Law Center is a valuable resource and popular gathering place for pre-law students.  It includes an extensive law library, technology for students to take virtual tours of law schools around the country, and is home to an extensive network of alumni in the field.

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