GENERAL Legal Studies Info

If your interest is the law, the Legal Studies Program in the Department of Political Science at Indiana State University offers a specific curriculum for students planning to attend law school. This curriculum has been developed based on recommendations by the Prelaw Committee of the American Bar Association section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

This interdisciplinary program is at the same time structured and flexible. It emphasizes both the learning of substantive knowledge about the law and the development of important skills (oral and written communication, reading comprehension, logical and analytical thinking, and competence in conducting legal research) that will help you prepare for the LSAT, and once accepted, do well in law school.

The Department of Political Science is part of Indiana State's College of Arts and Sciences, the oldest and largest academic unit of the University offering more than 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. While preparing students for a professionally engaging career, the concern of the college is that our graduates; lives be personally fulfilling and ethically and socially responsible.

Programs

The Department of Political Science offers a flexible, interdepartmental Legal Studies Program which can be tailored to fit the needs of individual students in consultation with the legal studies advisor. Degrees include:

MINORS

The legal studies curriculum includes courses in constitutional law and judicial processes, a legal research course, and a culminating experience where you will participate in a moot court. You are encouraged to participate in internships, study abroad, and faculty-directed research opportunities as a legal studies major.

What makes us different?

First-year students can participate in the department's learning community, which links students across courses and creates connections among students, faculty, and staff in and out of the classroom. Co-curricular, community engagement, and service-learning opportunities are integrated into the academic curriculum. Faculty- organized field trips make it possible for you to attend such events as the National Association of Woman Judges conference, Raise Your Voice at the State House, and the State of Judiciary address. An annual highlight is lunch with Indiana Court of Appeals judges. The department offers practice LSAT sessions each fall to help student going on to law school improve their performance on this test.

Experiential learning opportunities include a trip to Washington, DC to view oral arguments before the US Supreme Court; an annual visit by the Indiana Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments on campus; and faculty-directed research opportunities on subject matters including, but not limited to, media and the law, gender and decision-making, women judges, and judicial selection.

Goals, Assessment, Curriculum Mapping, and Sample Four-Year Student Plan

 

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