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Pre-Law Certificate

Discover What It Means to Think Like a Lawyer with a Pre-Law Certificate

The Pre-Law Certificate at Southern New Hampshire University is an interdisciplinary instructional and mentoring program that helps you prepare for law school by giving you substantial insight into what it means to "think like a lawyer." Although the program is hosted by the School of Arts and Sciences, it's open to students in the undergraduate day school from throughout the University.

As an integral part of the program, SNHU provides a Pre-Law Advisor - a full-time School of Arts and Sciences faculty member, lawyer and former law school legal practice skills instructor - to advise you on all matters related to your preparation for law school and the practice of law.

See Yourself Succeed with a Pre-Law Certificate

The Pre-Law Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) does not recommend any particular major or group of courses as the best preparation for law school. Instead, the ABA emphasizes that pre-law students take "a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors," and "seek courses and other experiences that will engage you in critical thinking about important issues, challenge your beliefs and improve your tolerance for uncertainty." SNHU's pre-law certificate has been designed with this advice in mind.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your pre-law certificate at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. (This scholarship amount is only for students who do not need a visa to study in the U.S.)
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine.

Internships & Outcomes

Competition for admission to law school is less intense now than it has been for several years. Nevertheless, law schools continue to seek well-prepared college graduates, and those who aspire to law school should expect to be part of a competitive applicant pool. This makes the pre-law skills and knowledge you'll learn at SNHU as vital as ever.

Some law school graduates become trial lawyers of the type familiar to us from television and movies. The vast majority of others work as legal counselors, appellate litigators, legislative staffers, regulatory policy-makers, arbitrators, mediators, administrative law judges or legal educators, or in law-related fields such as legal publishing. These legal professionals work in a wide variety of settings, including private law firms that range in size from two lawyers to many hundreds, solo practices, regulatory agencies or attorneys' general offices, legislatures, nonprofit organizations, the legal departments of large corporations, law schools, consulting firms, publishing houses and more.


The pre-law certificate program is not for students enrolled in the BA in Law and Politics or the BA in Law and Politics (Pre-JD Accelerated). Students in any other major in the undergraduate day school may participate. The curriculum includes a series of required foundational courses, like The American Legal Tradition and Advocacy and the Law, along with your choice of classes in business, forensics, criminal procedure, logic and more.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.