Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Pre-Law

In today’s highly competitive legal environment you need to be able to get into a top law school of your choice and, once admitted, achieve success in your class. Our program stresses these skills: critical thinking, analytical reasoning and effective communication, which our accomplished alumni say are essential and have helped them thrive in their careers.

​Program Highlights

  • State-of-the-art Moot Court/Mock Trial Courtroom.
  • Undergraduate legal policy research projects in collaboration with law professors, and second/third year law students that have been published in peer reviewed publications; developed model legislation; drafting of rule and regulation reform.
  • Internships in the local, state and federal judicial system. Recent sites include: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York State Tax & Finance, New York State Economic Development, New York State Environmental Conservation, Unified Court System – Third, Judicial District – State Family Court, Unified Court System – Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congress – Paul Tonko, U.S. Congress – Chris Gibson.
  • Legal advocacy on behalf of the poor and marginalized.

Careers Pursued by our Graduates

  • Corporate attorney
  • Government counsel
  • Federal, state or local judicial clerk
  • Governmental lobbyist
  • Not-for-profit legal counsel

Employers of our Graduates

  • New York State Senate
  • New York State Assembly
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Department of Law
  • Federal District Court, Northern District
  • New York State Court of Appeals
  • New York State Supreme Court
  • Girvin and Ferlazzo, LLP
  • Whiteman, Ostermann, Hanna, LLP
  • Martin, Harding and Mazzotti, LLP

Pre-Law

The pre-law program at Siena College provides students with the information, background and skills to complete the law school admissions process. Our 4/3 admission programs with area and national law schools are an added bonus for qualified Siena students.

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Career Opportunities

Judicial law clerks assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.

Job titles include: Appellate Law Clerk, Career Law Clerk, Child Support Officer, Clerk to Justice, Deputy Clerk, Federal Law Clerk, Judicial Assistant, Judicial Clerk, Judicial Law Clerk and Law Clerk.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $47,120 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-10% percent from 2012 to 2022.

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. The majority of lawyers work in private and corporate legal offices. Some work for local, state, and federal governments. The majority work full time, and many work long hours. All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Job titles include: Attorney, Associate Attorney, Lawyer, Associate, Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, City Attorney, County Attorney, Partner and Assistant Counsel.

Wages:

The median annual wage for lawyers was $113,530 in May 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022

​Judges arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases.

Job titles include: Judge, Magistrate, District Court Judge, Superior Court Judge, Circuit Court Judge, County Judge, Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals Judge, Justice of the Peace and Associate Justice.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $115,760 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience little or no change from 2012 to 2022.

Political Science Professors teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Political Science Professor, Professor of Political Science, Instructor, Political Science Instructor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Adjunct Professor, Associate Professor of Political Science, Government Professor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $72,170 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Court Reporters use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

Job titles include: Court Reporter, Official Court Reporter, Freelance Court Reporter, Court Stenographer, Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR), Deposition Reporter, Digital Court Reporter, Realtime Court Reporter, Stenographer, Court Monitor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $48,160 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Business Professors teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations,marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Instructor, Business Professor, Business Instructor, Business Administration Professor, Management Professor, Associate Professor, Faculty Member, Marketing Professor, Business Office Technology Instructor, Accounting Professor, Business Law Professor, Finance Professor, Quantitative Business Analysis Professor

Wages:

Median annual wage was $73,660 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Paralegals/Legal Assistants assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

Job titles include: Paralegal, Law Clerk, Legal Assistant, Legal Clerk, Real Estate Paralegal, Summer Law Associate, Legal Analyst, Paralegal Specialist, Certified Paralegal, Immigration Paralegal

Wages:

The median annual wage was $46,990 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.