Undergraduate: Major, Pre-Professional

College of Arts & Sciences

If you’re interested in law, the Pre-Law program will provide you with foundational knowledge, hands-on experience and guidance to successfully prepare for, and transition to, law school. Entering a legal profession, requires rigorous study and sharp insight. The Pre-Law program will aid in your undergraduate education, while keeping your eyes on the step up to graduate or law school. Taken alongside whichever major you declare, Pre-Law will provide you with valuable experiences outside of the classroom and help to develop the analytical and communication skills that you’ll need to excel in the competitive law fields. No matter what major you decide to pursue as an undergraduate, if law school is your goal it is recommended that you enroll in the Pre-Law program.

Program Description

Enrolling in Pre-Law will grant you access to the Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center, a resource dedicated to guiding and advising students who are working towards law school. Pre-Law is not a major on its own, rather it is advisement and course preparation alongside your major to ready you for law school. Counseling members of the Pre-Law committee provide enrolled students with course recommendations to prepare them for advanced study in law, exercising analytical and persuasive skills in both writing a spoken communication. You are also counseled through all aspects of admission and transition into law school including school selection, the application process, and preparation for the all-important law school admissions tests.

3+3 Accelerated BA or BS plus JD Track

The Raichle Pre-Law Center is proud to offer an accelerated option for those who want to earn their bachelor’s degree and juris doctor in 6 years. Canisius College is now a partner institution for the University at Buffalo School of Law’s 3+3 Accelerated BA-JD program.

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Pre-Law students are invited to join the pre-law chapter of the prestigious Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, network with other law students and professors, and compete for several pre-law scholarships. Students will build familiarity and analytical skills through mock trial exercises (for course credit) and active internship opportunities. Students can attend the prestigious Raichle Lectures series, which have included six justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Graduates that enrolled in Canisius Pre-Law are regularly accepted into top law schools across the country, and have enjoyed successful careers as lawyers in many fields, politicians, and state Supreme Court Justices.


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