Voter Registration Drive sponsored by Current Affairs Club and Pre-Law Club!
published: 03-13-2012

As P Diddy says, "Vote or Die!"

The Current Affairs Club and the Pre-Law Club are co-sponsoring a voter registration drive. Voter registration materials will be distributed in Padua Lounge on March 14, 15, 16, 19, 20 and 21 between the hours of 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day. Voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms will also be available on the Center for the Study of Government and Law table near Scotus 316.

Students can register to vote in their home counties or they can register to vote locally. The Pennsylvania residency requirement for voting purposes is 30 days. You can register to vote by mail. To do so, pick up a form, complete it, and send it to the Voter Registration Office (in your home county or in Cambria County, depending upon where you want to be registered). Registration forms must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. on March 26, 2012 for you to be able to vote in the primary. Keep in mind that Pennsylvania is a “closed” primary state. Only Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary and only Republicans can vote in the Republican primary.

If you are already registered to vote back home and want to request an absentee ballot, you can do that by mail as well. Pick up a form, complete it, and send it to your County Election Board. It must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2012.

If you are not a Pennsylvania resident, consult the Rock-the-Vote web site ( for additional information.

Dr. Melusky takes pre-law students on tour of law schools
published: 02-17-2012

Dr. Joseph Melusky, Professor of Political Science and Director of the SFU Center for the Study of Government and Law, took pre-law students to visit Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg campus) and Penn State-Dickinson School of Law (University Park campus) on February 10, 2012. Participating students included Derek Markle, Shiann McGovern, Melanie Reynolds, and Joe Bellissimo.

Dr. Melusky publishes article on standards of decency and methods of execution

Dr. Joseph Melusky, Professor of Political Science and Director of the SFU Center for the Student of Government and Law, had a paper published in National Social Science Proceedings, Volume 46, Number 2 (2011). The paper is entitled, “From Burning at the Stake to Lethal Injection: Evolving Standards of Decency and Methods of Execution.” Dr. Melusky also served as a pre-publication reviewer for a proposed article about Pennsylvania’s Winner-Take-All Allocation of Electoral Votes, Commonwealth (2012).

How awesome is the SFU HiPS department?
published: 10-28-2011

Watch this video to find out: HiPS Awesomeness






Law School! Free Pizza!
published: 10-27-2011

Are you thinking of going to law school?  Do you enjoy pizza?

Come hear Bethany Yenca, Admissions Representative at Regent University School of Law, present on law school admissions processes.   Tomorrow (Friday), October 28, 12 noon at Scotus 302C.  Please RSVP to

Sponsored by the Pre-Law Club and the SFU Center for the  Study of Government and Law.

Dr. Melusky attends Pre-Law Advisors Workshop
published: 01-27-2011

HiPS’ own Dr. Joseph Melusky, Professor of Political Science and Director of the SFU Center for the Study of Government and Law, participated in a Pre-Law Advisors Workshop in Philadelphia on January 25-26, 2011. The program was sponsored by the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.  If you are thinking of attending law school, make certain you get to know Dr. Melusky!

“What can I do with my degree?”
published: 11-11-2010

Get some ideas here!

Funds available to defray LSAT costs
published: 10-27-2010

Thinking of taking the LSAT?  Did you know that Mini-Grants to support enrollment in LSAT preparation courses are available through the SFU Center for the Study of Government and Law?  Contact Dr. Melusky for further information.

Congratulations to Karesa Hodak, class of 08.

Dr. Melusky reports that 2008 Saint Francis University graduate, Karesa Hodak, recently became one of the newest members of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Law Review. Congratulations to Karesa for earning such a prestigious honor.

Pre-Law Club Happenings

An update from Dr. Melusky on the Pre-Law Club’s many activities and accomplishments, including Constitution Day, the Philadelphia Law School Fair, and a webinar on preparing for law school:

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