As a 21st century lawyer in any field, you will benefit from Clarkson's real-world learning philosophy and teamwork that spans disciplines. You need the edge provided by Clarkson's technology-rich environment. The pre-law program takes advantage of faculty expertise in business, engineering, and science — along with the well-rounded education that all lawyers require.
In Pre-Law at Clarkson, you'll benefit from preparatory courses in business law, communications, literature, history, or political science to begin developing traditional legal skills. But you will also gain a set of specialized skills that set you apart from other law students — and other lawyers. Your ability to make computing and information technology work for you will be invaluable in the fast-paced world of law. The path you choose depends upon the kind of law you want to practice. While many generalists handle a variety of legal problems, lawyers frequently specialize in fields like corporate law, international law, tax law, patent and trademark law, securities law, bankruptcy law, criminal law, and environmental law.
At Clarkson, we know that hands-on experience is the best way to learn any job. That's why we promote student opportunities to work in law offices. As a Pre-Law student, you work with local lawyers in "real-world" situations. Third year students can arrange a semester of co-op experience through Clarkson's Career Center. We also arrange internships for Pre-Law students with state and federal legislatures. Clarkson's reputation for hardworking, intelligent graduates makes students prime candidates for pre-degree employment, especially summer positions.
An agreement between Clarkson and Franklin Pierce Law Center benefits students interested in specializing in intellectual property law. The center, based in Concord, New Hampshire, is internationally known for producing specialists in patent law and other intellectual property fields. If you are admitted to Clarkson, you can also receive a provisional admission to Franklin Pierce Law Center.
Another option for studying law at Clarkson is the Law Studies minor.