Why study pre-law at CMU?

The pre-law program offers students hands-on training and classroom preparation to enter law school or a law-related graduate program. Consider these key features distinguishing this pre-professional program at CMU:

  • Resources and guidance at the CMU Law Professions Center, which is designed to advise and assist students in preparation for careers in law
  • Preparation workshops and practice for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) administered nationally at many sites, including the CMU Testing Center
  • A specific advisor to guide students in selecting an undergraduate major and course work
  • On-campus learning opportunities with full law library and access to online legal research

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Employment of lawyers is expected to grow 9 to 17 percent.
  • Job growth among lawyers also will result from increasing demand for legal services in areas such as health care, intellectual property, venture capital, energy, elder, antitrust, and environmental law.
  • Employers increasingly are seeking graduates who have advanced law degrees and experience in a specialty, such as tax, patent, or admiralty law.

Career options

Students who complete their pre-professional and law school training and pass the state bar examination will find career possibilities in general practice of law or a variety of legal specialties, such as:

  • Civil Rights Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Military Law
  • Patent, Trademarks, and Copyright Law
  • Probate Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Taxation Law


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