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About the Program

The Pre-Law program is designed to help students make informed decisions regarding preparation for law school and a career in the law. Students who plan to attend law school ordinarily pursue a standard disciplinary or interdisciplinary major, along with challenging electives outside the major. They may also pursue the Legal Studies minor. The goal is to develop the skills of critical thinking and analysis, clear and persuasive writing, and a broad understanding of human nature and society. The Pre-Law program provides information and advice on career opportunities in law and law-related fields and assists students in preparing for admission to law schools.

As part of this program, students are offered a variety of experiences, including visits to campus by practicing lawyers and law students, trips to area law schools, workshops on applying to law schools, and an annual trip to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The Pre-Law program is organized by the Law Professions Advisory Committee (Law PAC), which includes faculty from a variety of disciplines. The Westminster Student Pre-Law Society allows students to participate in the planning of programs for Pre-Law students

Students interested in law can also apply to participate in one of two Bachelor’s Degree Plus Programs, which save time and money by allowing you to begin law school at the end of your junior year.



Bachelor's Degree Plus Programs


Bachelor’s Degree + Law Degree (3+3 Programs)

Westminster participates in two 3+3 law programs, which enable students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor (J.D.) degree in just six years, saving students time and money.

We have agreements with Duquesne University School of Law and Widener University Commonwealth Law School, both of which allow Westminster College students with any major to begin law school at the end of their junior year, simultaneously finishing their bachelor’s degree and pursuing their law degree.

For both programs, qualifying students must complete their major and general education requirements (including Capstone) by the end of their junior year at Westminster College.

Students must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than February of their junior year and apply to Widener or Duquesne by April 1 of their junior year.

Duquesne University School of Law is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. Widener University Commonwealth Law School is located in Harrisburg, Pa. Both institutions are accredited by the American Bar Association.

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Jim Rhoads, professor of Political Science.

James C. Rhoads

James C. Rhoads