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Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

A strong advocate and knowledgeable advisor, attorneys represent clients in courts, before government agencies, and in private legal matters. Additional duties include preparing and filing legal documents; interpreting rulings, laws and regulations; presenting facts in written and verbal communications; and conducting research.

Whether one chooses to become a defense attorney, prosecutor, or counsel for a corporation, or government agency, the opportunities are numerous. Lawyers can also choose to specialize in a particular area including environmental, tax, and intellectual property law.

Lourdes students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree with a Pre-Law concentration work closely with their advisor during their undergraduate studies. The Pre-Law concentration provides an extensive immersion in critical thinking, communication skills and a background in the United States legal system. The program also gives a solid foundation in ethics and social justice consistent with the institution’s Catholic and Franciscan values.

Specialized courses such as ENG 440: Studies in Rhetoric and PLS 250: Introduction to the Legal Profession make the Pre-Law concentration unique and very focused on student success in a future legal career. Lourdes graduates have successfully taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and gained admission into an American Bar Association accredited law school.

High achieving students can choose to apply for membership as a Dean’s Scholar or Honors Program candidate.

To practice law in any state, individuals must be admitted to the bar.

Lourdes University and The University of Toledo College of Law
3+3 Articulation Agreement

Program allows students to complete two degrees in six years

Effective summer 2016, Lourdes students pursuing their Bachelor of Arts or Science degree can opt into the newly-established “3+3 Admissions Program” that provides bachelor degree-seeking students a pathway to achieve both their bachelor’s and Doctor of Law (J.D.) degrees in six rather than the traditional seven years.

Students enrolled in the “3+3 Admissions Program” will complete their first three years at Lourdes University and then begin their first of a three-year J.D. program at The University of Toledo College of Law. The credits earned in the first year of law school will apply to the final 30 credit hours required for completion of a Lourdes University Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. Law school students who successfully complete the UT College of Law three-year program will then earn their J.D.

For more information, please contact Mary K. Robinson, mrobinson@lourdes.edu.

Learn more about the pre-law concentration and the College of Arts and Sciences.