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 SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY’S PRE-LAW PROGRAM 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Slippery Rock University’s pre-law program is a university-wide program designed to assist undergraduate, graduate, and alumni interested in law school.  SRU accomplishes this goal by:

  • Providing students with information about law school
  • Assisting students with law school admission  
  • Providing information about financial aid
  • Informing students about legal opportunities available
  • Preparing students for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Guiding students curricular selection in order to assist the student in building a toolbox of skills, values, and knowledge that provide the foundation for an education in law 

Slippery Rock University accomplishes the above goals by providing:

  • Workshops
  • Webinars
  • Field trips to law fairs
  • Site visits to courts, firms, and law schools
  • Networking events
  • Student organization:  Law Society

American Bar Association:

The Pre-Law Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar acknowledges that there are many different paths that can lead students to law school.  The Committee “does not recommend any undergraduate major or group of courses to prepare for a legal education” (accessed September 23, 2011).  However, the Committee has listed core skills and values, and significant bodies of knowledge that provide a core foundation for a legal education.  These are:

Analytic/Problem Solving skills:

  • Critical Reading Abilities
  • Writing Skills
  • Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
  • General Research Skills
  • Task Organization and Management Skills
  • The Values of Serving Others and Promoting Justice

General Knowledge includes:

  • A broad understanding of history, including the various factors (social, political, economic, and cultural) that have influenced the devlopment of our society in the United States
  • A fundamental understanding of political thought and of the contemporary American political system
  • Some basic mathematical and financial skill, such as an understanding of basic pre-calculus mathematics and an ability to analyze financial data
  • A basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction
  • An understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the United States, of international institutions and issues, of world events, and of the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities within our world (accessed September 23, 2011).

Early Admission Agreements: 

SRU has also entered into early admission agreements with two law schools. 

Duquesne University School of Law will accept SRU students who meet the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for three years (based on earning 90 credit hours) 
  • Completion of all undergraduate curricular major field and liberal studies requirements within any university of the State System
  • A minimum LSAT score in the 60th percentile
  • Recommendation by SRU’s Provost and Academic Vice President of SRU and the Dean of Admissions of Duquesne University Law School
  • Apply and schedule an interview with the Dean of Admission of Duquesne University School of Law (after taking the LSAT-even if test results are still pending)
  • SRU students selecting this option will be awarded a Bachelor’s Degree from SRU after successful completion of the first year of the Day Division of Law School or the first three semesters of the Evening Division program. 

Widener University School of Law also has an Early Admissions/Joint Degree Program in Harrisburg and will accept SRU students who meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 75% of their bachelor’s degree requirements and obtain prior approval from SRU to use course credits earned at Widener Law in Harrisburg for their remaining degree requirements
  • Attain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher the semester prior to applying to Widener Law in Harrisburg
  • Apply no later than April 1 of the calendar year student plans to attend law school
  • Provide letters of recommendation and a personal statement
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT
  • Attendance at Widener Law will fulfill the student’s remaining requirements to earn the Bachelor’s Degree at SRU
  • Students must attend law school full-time for the first year or until they receive their bachelor’s degree
  • The bachelor’s degree will be awarded from SRU and the J.D. from Widener University School of Law

Widener University School of Law also has an Express Admissions Program.  In this program PASSHE graduates are eligible to apply under this program and are guaranteed admission to Widener Law in Harrisburg if:

  • Student submits an application by April 1 of the calendar year student plans to attend law school
  • Satisfy Widener Law’s admission requirements relating to character and fitness
  • Rank in the top 50 percent of the graduating class
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT

DIXON Scholarships

Students admitted to the Express Admissions Program or the 3+3 Early Admission/Joint Degree Program are eligible for Dixon Scholarships (30 percent of Widener Law’s tuition).  Up to four scholarships are awarded annually to each of the 14 PASSHE universities.  If students maintain a 2.7 grade point average they will retain the scholarship.  The scholarships apply to fall and spring semesters only.

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Alex Hiller
Political Science & Philosophy
Alex Hiller

Pre-Law
Coordinator

Political Science:
Heather Frederick
heather.frederick@sru.edu

Pre-Law
Representatives

Communication:
Tom Flynn
thomas.flynn@sru.edu

Criminology:
Sarah Kuehn
sarah.kuehn@sru.edu

English:
Nancy Barta-Smith
nancy.barta-smith@sru.edu

History:
Lia Paradis
lia.paradis@sru.edu

Philosophy:
Katherine Cooklin
katherine.cooklin@sru.edu

Professional Studies:
Susan Lubinski
susan.lubinski@sru.edu