Raichle Pre-Law Center

Established in 1981, the Raichle Pre-Law Center at Canisius College was made possible by a generous gift from the late Frank G. Raichle HON ’68. Raichle was a nationally recognized Buffalo trial lawyer and leader of the American Bar Association; he also served on the Canisius Board of Trustees.

The Raichle Pre-Law Center provides pre-professional counseling and advisement; new courses; and extracurricular activities in the field of law that enrich the campus’ understanding of the role of law in American society (specifically through the Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series). In addition, the endowment provides for eight need-based scholarships of up to $4,000 to be awarded each year, to juniors and seniors who intend to study law.

Since 1981, several hundred aspiring lawyers have passed through the center’s doors. 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.

Additionally, a more structured program of new, one-credit courses for students interested in law are offered. These include Getting into Law School: Strategies for Success, Exploring Legal Careers and Basics of Writing for Pre-Professionals. Students also work closely with faculty who help them select the right law school, get through the application process and prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).