Education in the liberal arts and sciences is great preparation for a career in the law, particularly if you choose programs that stress strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

At Elmira College, the Legal Studies, Criminal Justice, History, English, Economics, and Political Science programs, as well as others, will give you a strong foundation as you pursue a law degree.

Please note, if you're interested in pursuing a career in patent law, you'll need to major in a “hard science” such as Chemistry or Biology in order to be eligible to take the patent law bar examination.

Elmira College boasts an active pre-law student organization – Pre-Law Student Association – which meets regularly. In addition to providing a fun social environment, the group provides assistance in Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) preparation, law school application assistance, financial aid planning, and entertains guest speakers, including attorneys and judges from the region as well as law school recruiters. Elmira College is also one of a handful of undergraduate schools in the nation with a chapter of Phi Delta Phi – the oldest legal honors society in the country. The Pre-Law Society sponsors the Elmira College Mock Trial Team, which is comprised of any interested student (freshmen through seniors) from any major with any future plans.

Keiser University

Elmira College criminal justice majors may be automatically accepted into Keiser University's online Master of Arts in criminal justice or online Homeland Security programs. Elmira students also may earn dual credit while attending Elmira College.

EC criminal justice majors who have: (1) completed or are within one academic year of completing their Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from Elmira; (2) earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) above a 3.00/4.00; and (3) earned a criminal justice GPA of 3.00/4.00 will:

  • Be automatically accepted into either the Master of Arts program in criminal justice or the Master of Arts program in Homeland Security - at the student's choice - upon submission of: a completed Keiser University Graduate School Application form, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, and a formal resume
  • Not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Not be required to pay Keiser University's application fee

In addition, Keiser University will automatically accept and award three credits hours for students who complete Elmira College's course, CRJ 4590: Seminar in Criminal Justice, with a B- or better as it fulfills Keiser University's prerequisite requirements in both programs.

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