Pre-Law

Prepare for a Career in Law

Through exposure to political science, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice, our pre-law minor provides the necessary foundation to pursue law school, and law-related careers.

This hands-on minor prepares you with writing, critical thinking and reasoning skills, through classes that range from American government to predatory crime and violence.

Paired with the recommended major in political science and history, you’ll have the opportunity to personalize your study of the law through Field Period® experiences with law offices, district attorneys, public defenders, and organizations in the criminal justice system.

Minor Overview

If you’re looking to pursue a future in law, Keuka College offers a pre-law minor to help get you there. You’ll gain an understanding of liberal-arts based theories in history, political and behavioral sciences, as well as practical applications in criminal justice, sociology, and psychology.

With classes that cover a range of topics from constitutional law and American government, to white collar and corporate crime, studying pre-law program gives you a solid foundation needed to enter law school and pursue law-related careers.

You’ll learn writing, critical thinking and reasoning, and even non-fiction storytelling, and will amass a toolkit of transferable skills that will set you apart. Whether inside an application pool at a top law school, or making your case at a courthouse, you’ll be prepared for professional success.  

In addition to working with your advisor to personalize your study and ensure ample preparation for the LSAT exam, you’ll conduct a Field Period® each year and gain 140 hours of hands-on experience inside law offices or legal agencies, with state or county attorneys or public defenders, and para-legal branches of the criminal justice system. You’ll be well prepared in your pursuit of a career in the legal field.

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Pre-Law Faculty

Dr. Angela Graves

Associate Professor of Political Science

Academic Credentials

Syracuse University
Ph.D.
Central European University
M.A. in Political Science
Babes-Bolyai University
B.A. in Political Science

Biography

Angela G. Graves received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in 2011 and is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science. Prior to joining Keuka College, she taught at the University of North Dakota and Idaho State University.

Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Angela moved to Eastern Europe after high school to study post-communist transition firsthand. She received her B.A. (2002) in Political Science from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and went on to Budapest, Hungary to obtain an M.A. (2003) in the same field from Central European University. Although her research is primarily grounded in the field of American Politics, it continues to reflect her international interests by focusing on the new challenges posed by globalization for national institutions such as the U.S. Supreme Court. Angela has presented her work at the American Political Science Association and the Law and Society Association’s annual meetings, and her publications include 2010 and 2013 articles in the Journal of Law, Politics, and Society and a chapter in the 2015 Wiley Handbook of Law and Society.

In addition to teaching, Angela is an Intercultural Coach for Cartus, a corporate relocation firm, and both Tour Guide and Services Ambassador for Experience! The Finger Lakes' Corning office.

Linda Park, Esq.

Director and Chair of Lightner Library
Associate Professor

Academic Credentials

University at Buffalo
J.D. in Law
University at Buffalo
M.L.S.
SUNY College at Buffalo
B.S.