Experience What You Learn
At Clarkson, we know that hands-on experience is the best way to learn any job. That's why we promote student opportunities to intern in law offices. In the pre-law track, you work with local lawyers in real-world situations. Third year students can arrange a semester of co-op experience through Clarkson's Career Center. Clarkson's reputation for hardworking, intelligent graduates makes students prime candidates for pre-degree employment, especially in summer positions.
Franklin Pierce Law Center
An agreement between Clarkson and the Franklin Pierce Law Center benefits students interested in specializing in intellectual property law. The center, based in Concord, New Hampshire, is internationally known for producing specialists in patent law and other intellectual property fields. If you are admitted to Clarkson, you can also receive a provisional admission to the Franklin Pierce Law Center.
Washington, D.C., Semester
Students in the pre-law advising track may also benefit from the Washington, D.C., semester. You can spend a semester as a student at American University, taking classes and participating in extraordinary internships at places like the World Bank, NBC, Greenpeace and Homeland Security and/or as a legislative aide to members of Congress.
Albany Semester Program
If you really want to dive deep into the legislative process, you can participate in the New York State Assembly Session Internship. You will gain a semester's worth of real-world government experience, learning by doing in the Assembly office and through a structured academic curriculum.
Advance Your Studies
If you want to take your pre-law track to the next level, Clarkson also offers a four-Year JD/MBA joint program with Albany Law School (ALS) that allows students to spend their first year in law studies at ALS, their second year in management studies at Clarkson, and their third and fourth years in law and management studies. More information about the program can be found here.