St. Bonaventure University

The Center for Law & Society (Prelaw)


The Center for Law & Society provides numerous opportunities for students interested in pursuing a law degree upon graduation from St. Bonaventure.

The center, the university's most direct prelaw track, promotes the values of St. Bonaventure University's Franciscan heritage by preparing students to commit to lives of citizenship and service.

We work closely with students to provide them with the best opportunities to be successful law school applicants and be prepared for the rigors of law school. We accomplish this through one-on-one advising, a minor in law & society, workshops, internships, and the opportunity to participate in mock trial competitions.

The Center for Law and SocietyThe center provides these opportunities for all students, regardless of major. As the American Bar Association (ABA) notes, there is no preferred undergraduate major for students who intend to apply to law school. It is necessary for students to engage in a rigorous undergraduate program, choosing courses that develop writing skills and stress the ability to reason logically and analytically.

In addition, the ABA recommends courses that provide prelaw students with a general understanding of economics, politics and social institutions. The law & society minor offers you the opportunity to take courses in these various areas, adding to the skills and knowledge gained in your major area of study.


Program information


Minor in law and society

The law and society minor involves students in the multi-disciplinary study of law and society, focusing on the interaction of law and legal institutions with social, economics, and political systems.

Students will examine the historical, philosophical, sociological, and political foundations of law and the social forces influencing law and society. The law and society minor is designed to help students gain an understanding of the role of law in society, approaching questions from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Requirements for the law and society minor


News, Publications, & Research

Bona’s hosting talk on costs, benefits of proposed NYS single-payer healthcare

Apr 25, 2019 |

St. Bonaventure University is hosting a free public presentation Wednesday, May 1, by Dr. Leonard Rodberg on the economic costs and benefits of setting up a single-payer healthcare system for New York state.

The program is set for 7 p.m. in the Walsh Science Center Auditorium and will include time for questions from the audience.

Rodberg is professor of urban studies at Queens College/CUNY in New York City, where he has served on the faculty since 1981.

Rodberg has written and spoken extensively over the years about the American healthcare system, focusing most recently on the New York Health Act. His talk will address the most contentious issue surrounding the bill: its potential cost.

The New York Health Act has been approved by wide margins in the New York State Assembly for the last several years before stalling in the Republican-controlled State Senate. Now that the Democrats have a majority in the Senate, the bill has a stronger chance of being approved during the current legislative session.

If the bill passes, New York will become the first state in the nation to move toward implementation of a state single-payer system, making it a model for similar programs that could affect the entire nation. 

Rodberg’s visit is sponsored by St. Bonaventure University’s Visiting Scholars program, School of Health Professions, Department of Political Science, College Democrats, and the Citizens Action Network of Southwestern New York.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Chris Stanley at cstanley@sbu.edu or 716-372-4232.

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