About Pre-Law at Marist


  Marist College takes pride in its tradition of providing
  students with solid preparation for the study and practice
  of law. Grounded in a liberal undergraduate education
  modeled on the recommendations of the American Bar
  Association, this preparation has gained our students
  admission to a wide spectrum of law schools. These
  include the most prestigious in the country, among them
  Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University,
  New York University, the University of Notre Dame, the
  University of Virginia, and Yale University. From there our
  alumni have entered virtually every field including private
  practice, government service, corporate law, and the judiciary.

Pre-Law at Marist College provides a culture of support for students interested in exploring law school. The goal of the
program is engaging students to create an academic, leadership, and character profile that would enhance the opportunity
for admission to the law school of their choice. Having a consistent, central source of advice helps students launch their
professional futures during their time as an undergraduate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Marist have a Pre-Law major?
What is the Paralegal Studies Certificate?
How can I learn about Pre-Law courses and career options during my time at the College?
What internship opportunities does the College provide for Pre-Law students?
What kinds of Pre-Law campus events are held at the College?

Does Marist have a Pre-Law major?
The College does not have a Pre-Law major. Instead, students from any major may draw upon Pre-Law resources at any point
in their College careers. These include intensive advising, extracurricular events, and coursework. Students considering a career
in law often gravitate toward majors and minors in Political Science, History, English, and Philosophy, and many students
develop law-related skills through courses such as PHIL 203 Introduction to Logic and ENG 222 Introduction to Professional
Writing. Students also have the opportunity to choose the Legal Studies Pathway as part of their Core requirements.

What is the Paralegal Studies Certificate?
The Paralegal Studies Certificate is a 60-credit program (36 general-education credits and 24 credits of specialized courses)
that train students to function as paralegals. Paralegals work with lawyers to conduct research; investigate facts; analyze,
digest and draft documents; and interview clients and witnesses. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the
public, except as permitted by law.
Students may complete this certificate along with their undergraduate major. Please see
here for additional information about this certificate program, which recently celebrated its 26th year of approval from the
American Bar Association.

How can I learn about Pre-Law courses and career options during my time at the College?
Extensive, individualized Pre-Law advisement is available to all Marist students regardless of field of study or major
throughout your undergraduate experience. The Pre-Law/Paralegal Studies Director, Professor Annamaria Maciocia, assists
students with a wide range of pre-professional challenges including course selection, LSAT preparation, law school
applications, law school selection, personal statements, and the admission process. A full-time faculty member and
member of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors, Prof. Maciocia is admitted to practice law in the State of New
York and also serves as the town justice in the Town of Plattekill Court. Students in any major may request the
designation of Prof. Maciocia as a secondary advisor through the Registrar’s Office.

The Marist College Pre-Law Advisory Board provides another outstanding resource for Pre-Law students seeking advice
with respect to law school placement, internships, and information with respect to the legal field. Members of the Board
regularly visit campus to participate in campus talks and workshops with undergraduates.

What internship opportunities does the College provide for Pre-Law students?
The Mid-Hudson River Valley Region is home to numerous exciting venues for internships. The College coordinates
distinctive programs such as the Albany Internship Experience and the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership.
Pre-Law students regularly also complete internships through the Washington Semester Program and the Hansard
Scholars Programme
. Other recent internship sites include the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court, the New York State
Attorney General Regional Office
, and Dutchess County Family Court. Please see here for additional information about
Pre-Law internship opportunities at the College.

What kinds of Pre-Law campus events are held at the College?
April is "Pre-Law" month at the College, with many lectures, workshops, and other events taking place. But opportunities
for academic enrichment and interaction with legal professionals in the area occur throughout the year. They include
everything from discussions of current events, to the nuts and bolts of the law school application process, to Q & A
sessions with Marist alumni currently in law school. In most cases these events provide Pre-Law students with the
opportunity to ask questions and glean information in an interactive, small-group setting. The student-run Pre-Law
Society, as well as the Marist College Pre-Law Advisory Board and Pre-Law alumni, play crucial roles in contributing
to these events.