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The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in legal studies.
The Legal Studies Program offers a specific curriculum for students planning to attend law school or pursue other law-related careers. This curriculum has been developed based on recommendations by the Pre-Law Committee of the American Bar Association's section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
This interdisciplinary program is at the same time structured and flexible. Students work in consultation with an advisor to tailor the program to fit their particular needs.
The program 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) designed to prepare students for the LSAT—and to do well in law school.
Coursework includes study in constitutional law and judicial processes, a legal research course, and a culminating experience, during which students complete a major research project.
The department offers opportunities to participate in internships and study abroad—and also offers practice LSAT sessions each fall to help students going on to law school improve their performance on this test.
Other opportunities include:
The Legal Studies Program can prepare students for law school, thereby paving the way for a career as an attorney, corporate counsel, public defender, judge, or law professor.
In addition, the program offers the basis for alternative careers, including:
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the department offers several scholarships and awards.
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