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  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania


  • Make Your Mark on Tomorrow with a Pre-Law Degree from Gannon University

    Gannon University's Charles W. Deaner, Esq. '48 Pre-Law program prepares you to enter law school or a legal profession. Engage in course and project work to learn the fundamentals of analyzing problems, identifying significant facts, evaluating precedent, interpreting statues and constructing policy arguments. Our flexible course scheduling and one-on-one faculty advising will help you launch your career so you can improve the future in impactful ways.

    • Connect with a network of graduates in prestigious positions.
    • Tailor your course of study to your individual interests and professional goals.
    • Engage in meaningful coursework that leads to a variety of careers in legal and related disciplines.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Pre-Law

    • Be challenged to think critically and objectively and take part in internship opportunities that offer valuable connections and experiences that will prepare students for a rewarding career.
    • Choose a concentration and plan a course of study best suited to your individual interests. Options include pursuing a legal studies major or certificate, which can be incorporated into your degree of choice.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Hear from an array of impressive speakers that once included former Pennsylvania Governor and first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, who brought real-world experience in government, policy making and leadership into the classroom.
    • Gain valuable global leadership experience by participating in one of the country's first Model U.N. programs.
    • Explore a range of options available to you in preparation to enter law school or the legal field.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key pre-law courses including:

    Introduction to Law in Society: Learn legal institutions and processes, evolution of the American legal system, major substantive areas of law, legal reasoning and the adversarial process and the role of attorneys and courts in American society.

    Legal Analysis and Persuasion: Learn to persuade a targeted audience in both written and oral forms through briefs, mock appellate arguments and mock trial.  

    Career Preparation in Law: Prepare for a legal career and the exam needed to gain acceptance to law school.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

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

    • Prepare for further graduate study in prestigious schools including Charlotte School of Law, Cleveland Marshall School of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
    • Prepare for a career in corporate practice, government, politics, private practice, public interest law, civil and criminal law or patent and copyright law.
    • Earn an annual median wage that frequently exceeds $50,000, 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.