James R. Bowers, Chair, Political Science & Legal Studies

Pre-Law and Legal Studies at Fisher

The Pre-Law experience at St. John Fisher College includes student engagement in the Pre-Law Student Association, participation in such activities as Mock Trial, one-on-one advising with the Department Chairman of Political Science & Legal Studies, and the Department's Legal Studies major. The Legal Studies major is the expanded academic component of the Pre-Law experience at Fisher. The major is a 36 credit-hour (12 course) Bachelor of Arts program and requires the declaration of a second major.

The Legal Studies major replaces the previously available Pre-Law minor, which is no longer available.

Legal Internship

All students interested in Pre-Law or Legal Studies should pursue relevant internships in those areas. Legal Studies majors have a required internship component in their program of study. Students interested in Pre-Law who are not majoring in Legal Studies are encouraged to work with the department chairman of the Political Science & Legal Studies Department or their academic advisors to develop legal internships compatible with their majors. Internships may be credit- or non-credit-bearing experiences.

Pre-Law Student Association

Students interested in Pre-Law are encouraged to join and be active in the Pre-Law Student Association. The Pre-Law Student Association is a student-run organization dedicated to enhancing students’ pre-professional interest and understanding of law and to provide students with a way to network and become acquainted with like-minded students. Among regular Association activities are guest speaker presentations from a variety of legal occupations, trips to law schools, and legal movie night.

Mock Trial

Students interested in Pre-Law are encouraged to participate in the Pre-Law Student Association's Mock Trial Team. The Mock Trial Team is a member of the American Mock Trial Association. It competes in both AMTA-sanctioned and non-AMTA competitions.

Pre-Law Opportunities

For More Information

Wes Renfro
Department Chair, Political Science and Legal Studies
(585) 385-5253

(585) 385-8064