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
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.
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