The Saint Joseph’s University Pre-Law advising program helps you discern whether pursuing an advanced law degree is right for you, given your career and personal objectives. Our advisors guide you through the steps and strategies that lead to a successful law school application. SJU’s extensive pre-law resources are available to both current SJU students and our alumni.
A dedicated faculty pre-law advisor is available to guide you throughout your SJU career. When you are a freshman and sophomore, the faculty advisor can help you better understand your career goals and recommend classes that enhance skills for legal studies, legal writing, and taking the LSAT. When you prepare to apply to law school as a junior and senior, the faculty advisor can aid you in crafting your personal essay and offer advice on preparing for the LSAT, so that you can create the best law school application possible. In addition, SJU offers a second pre-law advisor who is an expert in law school applications. This advisor provides you with access to law and public service networking events, sessions on resume building, interviewing and financing law school. When you are ready to apply, she can help you select the right law schools for your interests and expertise. Members of the Pre-Law Advising Board – law faculty from departments across SJU – also assist students in understanding the experience of law school and the practice of law. Both pre-law advisors are available to meet with students and alumni year round.
SJU’s pre-law program carries a large endowment that funds numerous programs and networking opportunities throughout the academic year.
Free practice tests are offered during the year, and a discounted prep course is offered each year.
Students have the opportunity to intern in legal offices and can receive course credit for their internships. Recent student internships include: Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Montgomery Public Defender’s Office, private law firms and federal, state, and local courts.
SJU’s Law Alumni Association sponsors two annual awards dinners, which students can attend at no cost. These dinners provide great networking opportunities. In addition, the Law Alumni Association sponsors an annual award for a graduating senior heading to law school.
Every year, Pre-Law sponsors multiple law-related trips at limited or no cost to students. Past trips have included visiting the LSAC forum for advice on law school applications and a day-trip to NYC to tour the UN.
Hawks in Law School
Law school admissions deans prefer candidates that study an undergraduate curriculum with both a broad liberal studies component and a challenging major. SJU offers just such an education. Over the last four years, Hawks have been accepted to Cornell, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown and Notre Dame law schools, among others.