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The Legal Studies major is an interdisciplinary major that incorporates a variety of subjects and professors from different disciplines such as philosophy, history, and law.

In contrast to a traditional pre-law program, we offer a wide ranging program that readies a student for not only the rigors of law school, but other graduate study too. Every year we offer a free three-part seminar on getting into law school.

In addition, the Legal Studies program provides opportunities to get an internship garnering real-world experience for credit, and a two-track program that allows students to focus on either international or American legal ideas and concepts, along with a host of electives to improve that understanding.

Professors are regularly offering new classes and new opportunities to enhance the major. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Gary Gershman, J.D., Ph.D.
Department of History and Political Science
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 

Why Choose This Major?

  • Law has been central to shaping a distinctive American culture. Because of its sweeping influence on society, the law will likely continue to expand its defining role in American daily life.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of the major provides an excellent springboard to graduate study in a myriad of subjects including law, business, history, politics, and economics.
  • The legal studies major hones important tools such as critical thinking and analysis that are valuable in almost any job once one leaves the university.
  • A legal studies major provides a perfect entry for those students wishing to pursue a career in the law.

Click here to learn more about career opportunities for graduates of this program.

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