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With practical exposure and high academic standards our graduates are prepared for the rigors of law school and graduate school. Legal Studies majors regularly receive admission to competitive law school and graduate school programs across the country. Alumni have pursued successful careers as attorneys, academics, lobbyists, government relations experts, among many other career paths.

The Legal Studies major provides an interdisciplinary course of study that combines courses and learning outcomes from business, communications, English, history, political science, philosophy and other liberal arts disciplines. Students explore issues such as justice, order, rights, the human condition, and ethical assumptions underlying the competing concepts of human nature and society. The Legal Studies major especially is recommended for students who are considering careers in law, higher education, or public service.

As a legal studies student, you’ll learn the foundational skills and knowledge you need to be successful in law school and graduate school. From formulating arguments and learning to analyze textual claims, to learning the basics of and political philosophy and law, you’ll take a wide range of classes that will prepare you for the rigors of a legal career.

As a result of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Formulate cogent arguments and skillfully critique the arguments of others.
  • Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and in writing.
  • Conduct independent, original research, demonstrating the ability to gather, organize, and present evidence, data, or information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
  • Critically analyze the relationship between law, government, and society.
  • Discuss and understand major theories and criticisms of law from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Evaluate the quality of legal research, whether it employs social scientific methods (quantitative or qualitative) or legal research methods.

Legal Studies majors who are interested in law school are encouraged to participate in the Elizabethtown College Pre-Law Program. The Pre-Law Program offers a strong advisory component to assist students in course selection, engagement in co-curricular activities, and preparation for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

To learn more about why having a degree in legal studies is good for your future career, meet our faculty and sit in on some classes, come visit us on campus!

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