Pre-Law

Prospective law students are free to choose among the wide variety of majors offered at Wagner College. This approach by the College is in keeping with the position of the Association of American Law Schools that welcomes any major. Students may select a major from the humanities, social sciences, sciences, arts, or other disciplines.

Pre-Law Program

Because entrance requirements may vary among law schools, students should consult the particular catalog of the schools to which they plan to apply. Law schools evaluate applicants based on their college record, activities, and recommendations as well as on their scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Law schools require applicants to take the LSAT before applying for admission. We also encourage you to utilize the information and resources of the non-profit Law School Admission Council, at lsac.org.

Prospective students may contact the Center for Academic and Career Engagement (CACE) to obtain information about the Pre-Law Program and about the faculty advisors in the Program. The faculty advisors teach in the disciplines of business administration, philosophy, political science, sociology, and other areas, and several of these advisors are members of the legal profession.

Courses

Although the College does not endorse a particular major, it recognizes the importance of a comprehensive liberal arts education as fundamental for a professional career in law. The College’s Learning Communities and General Education Curriculum provide students with an intellectual and interdisciplinary foundation for advanced study in their chosen major. In addition to satisfying the specific requirements of the major, students are encouraged to select a few law-related courses from the following:

  • Business 201 Business Law I
  • Business 202 Business Law II
  • Government & Politics 215 Law & Justice in America
  • Government & Politics 316 Constitutional Law
  • Philosophy 101 Practical Reasoning
  • Philosophy 109 Political Philosophy
  • Sociology 207 Criminal Justice
  • Sociology 270 Criminal Procedure
  • Sociology 300 Law & Society
  • Sociology 305 Criminology
  • Sociology 308 Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Sociology 327 American Legal History
  • Speech 252 Mock Trial
  • Integrated Learning Community (ILC) Law & Society

These courses not only require extensive reading, research, and writing but also foster analytic skills with respect to judgment, interpretation, problem solving, and value conflicts. Students are also encouraged to participate in the Writing Intensive Tutor Program.

Academic Timeline

Unlike other pre-professional programs, there is no single path to law school. Since there are no required courses, students wonder what is the best path. There are important skills, values, knowledge and activities that you can acquire during your Wagner education that will provide a sound foundation for law school.

Use this academic timeline as a planning guide that is offered to assist you in making choices that will help you develop into a thoughtful student, and a desirable law school candidate. The Wagner College Pre-Law Advisors are available to help you through all of the steps outlined here.

Internship Opportunities

One of the best ways to determine if a legal career is right for you is to obtain an internship during your junior year or senior year. A Wagner education, through The Wagner Plan, places a special emphasis on students’ acquisition of practical experience. In CACE, we encourage students to complete multiple internships prior to graduation, and we strive to provide students with the best resources through which to find internships and make the most of their interning experiences. Pre-law Wagner students have interned at numerous organizations, including: The Richmond County District Attorney Office, Brooklyn Veterans Treatment Court, The Legal Aid Society, The United Nations, The Richmond County Supreme Court, Richmond County Family Court, Richmond County Housing Court, CLARO, ACLU, and many different private law firms, partnerships, and sole practitioners. Contact the CACE office at cace@wagner.edu. Wagner students can make an appointment with CACE's Career Engagement at https://wagner.mywconline.net.

Here is some information on the Richmond Civil Court summer internship program for 2022. (Deadline to apply is May 13.)

The Law School 3+3 Program

The 3+3 program allows a pre-law student the opportunity to attend three years at Wagner and complete his/her fourth year at one of our partner law schools, earning a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate degree in a six-years rather than the traditional seven. After successful completion of the first year of law classes, the student would be awarded a bachelor's degree as an interdisciplinary studies major.

Our partner law schools are:

  1. Vermont Law School
  2. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

To take advantage of this opportunity a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 after three years at Wagner, complete (27 units) of study; including all general education requirements, and all requirements of the Wagner Plan. Further, the student must complete the requirements of acceptance into the partner law school. A student should apply for this program in the sophomore year.

For more information, interested students should contact Dr. Sarah Donovan, the Dean of Integrated Learning, sdonovan@wagner.edu, with questions or to learn more about the 3+3 program. Or click here https://wagner.edu/academics/files/2021/04/Law-School-33-Program.pdf.

Law Schools Attended

In recent years, our Wagner students have enrolled into some of the finest law schools in the nation. Here is a quick look at a few of the law schools attended, and please click here for a more complete list.

  • George Washington University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Duke University
  • Boston University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Villanova University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Miami
  • Cornell University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Rutgers University
  • St. John's University

Pre-Law Ambassadors

The Wagner College Pre-Law Ambassadors program provides an opportunity for pre-law students to be mentored by a law student. The Ambassadors are Wagner graduates who are currently studying at an accredited law school. They provide Wagner’s pre-law students with advice and guidance on how to successfully apply to law school, as well as offer an insider’s view of the challenges of law school. The groups get together via conference calls, panel discussions, law school tours, and one-on-one advising sessions.

Pre-Law Society

The College’s Pre-Law Program conducts open forums and panels for students, sponsors talks by guest speakers in the legal profession on law-related topics, invites guest speakers to address issues dealing with admission to law school, and arranges field trips to law firms and law schools. The College’s Pre-Law Society, whose members consist of pre-law students, is also engaged in sponsoring and debating law-related issues.

Events

Criminal Justice Panel Discussion

Professor Michael Pinto's criminal justice students took part in a real-world panel discussion Monday night about how the criminal justice system works on Staten Island with some of those responsible for operating it: Richmond County (N.Y.) District Attorney Mike McMahon, N.Y. Supreme Court Justice Lisa Grey and attorney Yan Katsnelson, chair of the Richmond County Criminal Defense Bar Association.

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LSAT

Registration for LSAT test administrations through June 2023 is OPEN! You are able to register for any of the following test administrations:
August 2022    September 2022    October 2022     November 2022
January 2023    February 2023.    April 2023.    June 2023

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To obtain additional information, please contact any of the following Pre-Law Advisors: