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Pre-Law Center in the School of Law

As a part of Duquesne's continued devotion to excellence in undergraduate education and pre-professional studies, a pre-law center opened in August 2019. Housed in the School of Law, the aim of the center is to provide interdisciplinary access to students across campus who are interested in pursuing a legal career.

As director of the center, Dr. Kristen Coopie serves as an advisor to students on course scheduling, LSAT prep, and law school application and admissions assistance. The center's location within the Law School has proven especially beneficial for students in the short time it has been open.

"Having the ability to connect students with the law admissions team, professors who focus on their field of interest, or other resources within the Law School has been fantastic, and students are absolutely taking advantage of these opportunities," says Coopie. "Many of them are certain about pursuing a law degree and want to begin to professionalize themselves as early as possible."

Additionally, Coopie oversees the Pre-Law Certificate, a 15-credit undergraduate certificate focused on helping students develop logical thinking, analytical reasoning and basic legal skills. Over 50 courses from multiple disciplines, including business, English, philosophy and political science, count toward the certificate. There are also courses that have been specially designed for pre-law students, including Introduction to Legal Education and the Lives of Lawyers, taught by Duquesne Law Professor Ashley London; a new undergraduate Legal Research and Writing class; and American Presidents and the Constitution, which is instructed by President Ken Gormley and Coopie. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students are eligible for expedited admissions consideration and a $5,000 scholarship for their first year at Duquesne's School of Law.

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