With our humanities-based approach to the study of law, you will be exposed to different methodologies and distinct approaches to the understanding of law, while learning how the law shapes and is shaped by particular perspectives, historical contexts and actual practice. Our experienced faculty of practicing lawyers and judges teach you how to interpret laws, form arguments and understand a variety of complex legal issues. Additionally, the program’s electives allow you to tailor your degree to your career goals. Many graduates attend law school or graduate school, or work as paralegals in law offices. But job prospects don’t end at the courtroom or law office. The skills of legal reasoning and critical thinking translate into fields as diverse as policy, mediation, local law enforcement, social services, education and human relations.
Your studies expose you to a strong blend of theory and real-world experience. In the internship seminar, taken in your senior year, you will apply your knowledge in a practical environment such as a private law firm, courthouse, non-profit organization, or even the office of the State’s Attorney or Connecticut’s Attorney General. As part of the major requirements, students complete a Legal Studies certificate, approved by the American Bar Association
Curriculum and Requirements
BA in Law in Society Curriculum
|Law in Society Core Requirements|
|Students must earn a grade of C or better in all Law in Society core requirements to move to the next required courses.|
|LE 101||Introduction to the American Legal System||3|
|LE 211||Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing I||3|
|LE 212||Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing II||3|
|LE 305 (Civil Procedures) 1||3|
|LE 340||American Constitutional Law (PO353)||3|
|LE 485 (Legal Internship Seminar) 2||3|
|LE 490 (Senior Seminar in Law in Society) 2||3|
|Law in Society Elective Courses|
|At least 9 credits must be at the 300 level:|
|Legal Practice Electives|
|Select two courses of the following||6|
|Advanced Legal Writing and Advocacy|
|Wills, Probate and Estate Administration|
|Land Transfer and Closing Procedures|
|Law of Business Entities|
|Negotiation (Alternative Perspectives in the Law Electives)|
|Alternative Perspectives in the Law Electives|
|Select one of the following||3|
|Gender and the Law (WS 250)|
|International Law (PO 317)|
|International Law and the Individual|
|Health Care Law (HSC 322)|
|Comparative Constitutional Law (PO 342)|
|Federal Indian Law and Policy|
|Sociology of Law|
|Psychology and the Law|
|Legal Studies Electives|
|Introduction to Mock Trial (may be taken up to three times)|
|Sports Law (SPS 224)|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|Three additional courses chosen from any LE elective, including those in Legal Practice and Alternative Perspectives||9|
|Additional Requirements 3|
|SO 101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Select a 200-level English course||3|
|Select an American History course||3|
Course available beginning Fall 2018.
Course available beginning Fall 2019.
May be taken in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.
Students also must complete a minor in any other department within the university.
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