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Pre-Law program at Mount St. Mary's University



To what degree does a company hold a responsibility to the environment when manufacturing its products? How could changes in the pharmaceutical drug patent process affect both businesses and individuals? And to what extent do a city’s zoning laws impact its ability to develop affordable housing? Questions and topics such as these are what people in the law profession encounter, using their knowledge and experience for building persuasive arguments to seek an outcome.

Interdisciplinary program

The pre-law program is an interdisciplinary program which spans each of our schools and divisions.

  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the program.

Where there is the potential for debate or conflict, the need for law is present. The Mount’s pre-law program is designed to help you discover the many ways a background in law can be applied to your career and prepare you for success in your pursuit.

Through the program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about intellectual property, tax, civil, criminal and corporate law, as well as environmental, entertainment, housing, health care, international and real estate law – and how to make a positive impact in those fields.

You’ll have the chance to meet with our Law Advisory Board and Mount Mentors, law school admission officials, current law students, practicing attorneys, judges and legislators, as well as visit law schools, sit in on trials and attend talks by nationally renowned speakers. Special dinners and other programs sponsored by various law-related groups are also offered, providing you with exceptional networking and relationship building opportunities.

Through preparation in the pre-law program, your career options are nearly limitless. In addition to working with major law firms, opportunities exist for those with a law background at nonprofits, financial institutions, government agencies, corporations, consulting groups and private practice.

About the program.

Through the Pre-Law to Juris Doctor program, you can begin your career path into law at the Mount and gain direct admission into the Juris Doctor program at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law through a special affiliate agreement. This 3/3 program can be completed in a total of six years rather than the standard seven.

Where pre-law students go.

Mount graduates from the pre-law program have joined organizations such as:

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury

And have gone on to graduate school at such institutions as:

  • Catholic University School of Law
  • Boston University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Notre Dame
Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree.

Meet Our Faculty

Edward T. Egan

Edward T. Egan

Director, Pre-Law Program / Director, First Year Symposium / Lecturer


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