St. Thomas More Pre-Law Program

Pre-Law Information

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History Of The St. Thomas More Pre-Law Program

Dr. Michael R. Dillon, who on June 1, 2017 retired as as a member of and Chairman of the Political Science Department, established the St. Thomas More Pre-Law Program soon after he returned to teaching at La Salle University in 2007 after practicing law for over twenty years.

The present faculty advisor is Nicholas J. Staffieri who is a practicing lawyer and instructor in American Constitutional Law, Environmental Law and Criminal Law, among other courses.  His e-mail address is and his office address is Olney Hall, Room 331.

Purpose Of The St. Thomas More Pre-Law Program

The purpose of the St. Thomas More Pre-Law Program is to provide to students of La Salle University who have an interest in attending law school the following services:

  • Advice and guidance on the selection of courses within the university;
  • Events at which students can meet lawyers and judges who graduated from the university and recent graduates of the university who are attending law schools; and
  • Opportunities to attended trials, hearings, oral arguments and arbitration trials.

The commitment of La Salle University to “Education for the Greater Good” provides the students with the ethical foundation for practicing a profession that requires integrity, trust and service in the spirit of St. Thomas More.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 19, 2017,
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Villanova University Law School Fair – Garey Hall, Room 10A, Villanova University.  Garey Hall is located across the street from Villanova University’s law school building.

The fair affords students from colleges and universities situated in Greater Philadelphia the opportunity to discuss legal education and admissions criteria with represent-atives from some of the nation’s most prestigious and highly-regarded law schools.

There is no dress code; school attire is acceptable.  Student registration is not required, but strongly encouraged.  The link for registration is:

Thursday, October 19, 2017,
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Founders’ Hall
Forum on the election for District Attorney of Philadelphia.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017,
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The location has not yet been selected.

A representative from Villanova University School of Law will answer questions about the LSAT and the law school admission process.


University Courses That Cover Aspects Of Law

Course Name/
Arts and Sciences
Political Science Department
American Constitutional Law – I
POL 302
Arts and Sciences
Political Science Department
American Constitutional Law – II
POL 303
Arts and Sciences
Political Science Department
Environmental Law
POL 316
Arts and Sciences
Political Science Department
Congress, Courts and Capitalism
POL 373
Arts and Sciences
Political Science Department
Courts, Judges and Judging
POL 319
Arts and Sciences
Criminal Justice Department and
Sociology Department
Criminal, Civil and Constitutional Law
CRJ 270
SOC 270
Business Introduction to Contracts
BUS 300
Business The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
BUS 303


Note:  The Political Science, Criminal Justice and Sociology Departments do not offer their respective courses every academic year.


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