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  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Legal Studies

  • Gain a Solid Foundation in Legal Principles and Practice with a Legal Studies Degree from Gannon University

    Gannon University's legal studies program prepares you to enter the legal field equipped with the knowledge, skills and competency to become a valued and respected member of the legal profession. Leverage your success through options to pursue a four-year bachelor's degree, twoyear associate's degree, or certificate option, based on your identified professional needs. Enter a field where impactful opportunities abound in many areas of law.

    • Experience internship opportunities in an array of settings within walking distance from campus.
    • Duquesne UniversityAccelerate your education through a Legal Studies 3+3 program option with Duquesne University Law School.
    • Engage in interesting coursework that leads to a variety of careers in legal and related disciplines.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Legal Studies

    • Build a strong foundation of specialty legal courses that provide practical and highly sought-after skills in interviewing, investigation, legal research and preparation of legal documents.
    • Choose from a variety of core and elective courses to suit your life and career goals.
    • Learn to perform specifically delegated and substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Complete your required internship with banks, corporations, courts, insurance companies, law firms or others.
    • Participate as a member of the Legal Studies Club in mock trials and the Wills for Heroes project in conjunction with the Erie County Bar Association.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key legal studies courses including:

    Legal Research and Writing II: Learn the fundamental principles of case analysis and the preparation of both informal and formal legal memorandums.

    Public Records Research and Title Abstracts: Study the theory and practice of completing courthouse civil and criminal records, research and real estate title abstracts.

    Computers in the Law: Learn how to employ computers in the legal field, and acquire skills preparing you to use computers in a legal environment.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    Our legal studies program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can:

    • Develop the foundations necessary to gain acceptance into law school and earn your juris doctor degree.
    • Master critical thinking and analytical skills, which are necessary for an array of careers with insurance companies, law firms, private investigator offices, district attorneys, banks, hospital administration and more.
    • Earn an average annual wage of $122,960 for lawyers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.