The minor in Common Law offers 15–21 credits of LVC coursework to support students’ dual enrolment in a University of London distance-learning program leading to the Certificate of Higher Education in the Common Law (equivalent to the first year of a British law degree). The University of London materials are arranged in four modules (Legal System and Methods, Public Law, Criminal Law, and Contracts) and the student will need to complete required self-directed studies and pass a three hour unseen essay exam in each module. Students will be able to transfer 24 credits to LVC (6 credits for each successfully examined London module) following their successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education in the Common Law. Additional information on the law and society minor can be found in the undergraduate academic programs section of the College Catalog.
In the cooperative 3+2 Engineering Program, a student earns a B.S. degree from Lebanon Valley College and a B.S. degree in one of the fields of engineering from another institution. Students do three years of work at Lebanon Valley College and then usually do two additional years of work in engineering. To assist the student, Lebanon Valley College has cooperative (contractual) agreements with The Pennsylvania State University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. There are two tracks for 3+2 engineering. For most fields of engineering, the student completes the B.S. physics track. For chemical engineering, the student completes the B.S. chemistry track. Contact Dr. Keith Veenhuizen, director of engineering, at email@example.com for additional information.
Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science)
The goal of the Medical Laboratory Science Program is to prepare students for a career as a clinical laboratory scientist with certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel. Medical laboratory science is a 3+1 cooperative program in which the student spends three years at LVC to fulfill the requirements of the College and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). During the third year, the student applies to a NAACLS-accredited school of medical laboratory science, where they will complete the fourth year of clinical training. After successful completion of the fourth year, the student is awarded the bachelor of science from Lebanon Valley College. Degree requirements are listed under the Medical Laboratory Science Program.
The College is affiliated with the following clinical programs: Florence M. Cook School of Medical Laboratory Science of the Jersey Shore Medical Center, and the Clinical Laboratory Science Program of the Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences. However, the student is not limited to these affiliated programs and may seek acceptance at other accredited clinical schools.
Students should consult with the pre-law advisor well before commencing the law school application process. The pre-law advisor, Dr. Philip Benesch, will help students decide when to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and which law schools may suit their interests and qualifications. The LSAT is required for acceptance at American Bar Association-approved law schools. Also, it is strongly recommended that before taking the LSAT, students complete PHL 280 Logic, a course required for the law and society minor.
In addition to an applicant’s LSAT score, law schools will consider their GPA, transcript, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. No single major is identified as ideal preparation for law school; a broad liberal-arts curriculum is preferred, with courses known for extensive reading, writing, and thinking challenges being particularly valued.
A law and society minor can be taken alongside any major at LVC. Additional information on the law and society minor can be found in the undergraduate academic programs section of the College Catalog.
Students interested in law school should contact Dr. Philip Benesch, pre-law advisor, as early as possible in their studies at Lebanon Valley. He can be reached at 717–867–6326 or firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as in his office in Administration/ Humanities 206.
Pre-Medical, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinary
Lebanon Valley College offers pre-professional preparation in the medical (medicine, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, chiropractic, dentistry, and physician assistant) and veterinary fields. Students interested in one of these careers usually follow a science curriculum with a major in biochemistry & molecular biology, biology, chemistry, or neuroscience.
In addition to the basic natural sciences suited to advanced professional study, the student may participate in an internship program between the College and local physicians or veterinarians. Students receive credit for the work and gain valuable experience in the field.
The faculty-led Health Professions Committee coordinates the various plans of study in addition to offering advice and assistance to those persons interested in health professions careers. They meet all incoming pre-health professions students in their first year to get to know them and become informed about their intended vocational goals so they can provide guidance all four years.