Pre-law Program

Considering a career as a lawyer? Hartwick’s pre-law program can help you get ready to make a difference.

Pre-law studies at Hartwick prepare students to thrive in careers in the law. Hartwick students are equipped with the skills they need to be successful in legal work thanks to a robust liberal arts education infused with hands-on learning through our Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum.

Where a background in pre-law can take you.

No matter where you want to go, Hartwick can help you get there. What’s more, with a Hartwick-educated background, you’ll be ready to thrive when you get there.

The pre-law program coordinator at Hartwick provides guidance to students interested in law-related careers.

A closer look.

Following the guidelines of the Association of American Law Schools, we recommend individualized courses of study that:

  • provide basic information about economic, political, and social institutions
  • cultivate an appreciation for historical documentation and analysis
  • develop skills in oral and written use of the English language
  • develop the ability to think creatively and critically through deduction, induction, and by analogy

Beyond the basic.

The coordinator counsels students to educate themselves broadly, challenge themselves in a major, and maintain a high academic average. Popular majors for pre-law students are English, political science, economics, and philosophy. Opportunities to become familiar with the practice of law itself are available through internships and job-shadowing programs.

Putting pre-law to work.

Hartwick pre-law students have been accepted at some of the finest law schools in the country, including:

  • Albany Law School
  • University of Buffalo Law School
  • Charlotte Law School
  • University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Syracuse University Law School
  • University of Vermont Law School
  • Hofstra Law School
  • Pace Law School
  • University of Dayton Law School
  • University of Maine Law School
  • CUNY Law School
  • Wake Forest University Law School
  • George Washington Law School
  • Thomas Jefferson Law School

Meet the pre-law faculty.

Our distinguished faculty are dedicated to giving tomorrow’s scientific professionals the tools to make an impact the moment they graduate.

Matthew Chick
Assistant Professor of Political Science & Pre-Law Program Coordinator
Ph.D. Washington University


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