If you are interested in law or preparing for law school, consider pursuing a post-baccalaureate certificate in Exploring the Law. This program gives students hands-on experience for a career involving law through a diverse set of course requirements. Exploring the Law fosters critical thinking and exploration through all aspects of law. Students gain a wider understanding of the subject through classes in logic, philosophy, criminology, and ethics to ensure that this certificate compliments their undergraduate experience and future career goals. 

Course Requirements

  • POLI 130: Exploring the Law
  • POLI 225: American Legal Process
  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 360: Philosophy of Law
  • PSYC 240: Psychology and the Law
  • ENG 241: Introduction to Professional Writing
  • CRIS 207: Polite Functions
  • CRIS 230: Criminology
  • CRJS310: Constitutional Law in Criminal Procedure
  • CRJS 322: Legal Research & Writing
  • CRJS 343: Criminal Justice Ethics
  • COM 311: Communication Law and Ethics

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted into a Post-Baccalaureate program, student shall at the time of enrollment:

  • Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by federally approved institutional accreditor or its foreign equivalent
  • Have earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours attempted across all academic institutions

The following materials are required to apply:

  • A completed free online application
  • Official transcript showing bachelor's degree or higher conferred from a federally approved institutional accreditor or its foreign equivalent

After submitting your application, official college transcripts sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at:

Mercyhurst University
Attn: Paul Hirsch
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546

Applications for Post-Baccalaureate programs are accepted on a rolling basis. Once you've applied, you will receive communication from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions regarding your acceptance. Students in Post-Baccalaureate programs are not eligible for GA/GE positions or academic/merit-based scholarships.

Contact Us

Colleen Hordych
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
Phone: 814-824-2297
Email: chordych@mercyhurst.edu