Whether you see yourself arguing a major case in the US Supreme Court or defending a client in a county court, you'll need to have a law degree to practice.
Pre-Law at the Mount
Pre-Law is an advising track designed to assist the student in developing the communicative, analytical, and methodological skills important to the legal profession. Under the guidance of the Pre-Law advisor, the track provides, along with your major, a broad liberal arts education to prepare a student for admission to and success in law school, graduate school, or employment in the public or private sector.
The American Bar Association does not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. You may choose to major in subjects that are considered to be traditional preparation for law school, such as History, History/Political Science, English, Communications, or Business, or you may focus your undergraduate studies in areas as diverse as Science and Mathematics, Computer Science, Nursing or Education.
Mount students who have successfully attended law school include have majored in Accounting, Business, English, History/Political Science, Psychology, and Public Relations.
Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education.
The American Bar Association has identified a set of core skills essential for the study of law, which include:
- Analytic/Problem solving skills
- Critical reading skills
- Strong writing skills
- Skills in both oral communication and listening
- General research skills
- Time management and organization skills
Mount Saint Mary College offers a range of courses that will help you prepare to study law, regardless of your major. Courses that develop skills useful for law school include:
- Public Speaking
- Argumentation and Persuasion
Also valuable are courses about law, the legal system, and the history and philosophy on which it is based, including:
- American State and Local Government
- The United States Constitution and Supreme Court
- Political Thought
- Modern American Legal History
- Philosophy of Law
- Law and Society
- Business Law
While these courses can be taken by students majoring in any discipline, combining a major in Hstory/Political Science or Business with a minor in Philosophy will incorporate many of the courses listed above.
Where Mount Students Have Interned
The Career Center can assist you in identifying and applying for internships in a variety of settings related to the legal profession.
Previous law-related internships have included experiences at:
- Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP, Walden, NY
- Sony Music, Copyright Division, NY, NY
- Monroe Village Justice, Monroe, NY
- NYS Assembly, Albany, NY
- NYS Senate, Albany, NY
- Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt, Goshen, NY
- Law Office of Richard Bernsley, Chester, NY
- NYS Attorney General, Poughkeepsie, NY
- Law Office of Dennis Kenny, Newburgh, NY
- US Secret Service
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- US Postal Inspection Service
- TASC- Alcohol and Drug Addiction Council drug court program
- Brooklyn District Attorney
- Safehomes of Orange County
- Domestic Violence Services of Dutchess County
- Coalition of Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Victim Advocate program, Long Island
- Orange County DSS-Juvenile Offenders program or CPS unit
- Mental Hygiene Legal Services of Orange County
- Orange County Dept. of Probation
- RECAP Transition Center, Parole Re-Entry Program
- US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, office of the Inspector General
- Westchester District Attorney
- Wallkill Correctional Facility