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Law & Legal Studies Program

Law & Legal Studies Program


Program Information

The Law & Legal Studies major is a unique, multidisciplinary program designed to prepare students for a number of legal support roles becoming increasingly popular in the legal field, including advocacy and e-discovery/litigaton support. This program is for people intent on changing the world who want a legal foundation from which to operate.

The Law & Legal Studies major includes standard core general education requirements which serve to develop critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary awareness - both of which are essential for today's legal professional. The Program also incorporates options from three related majors, Political Science, Criminal Justice and Digital Forensics, offering students pathways to current career fields in the law.

The major is suitable for those who want to go on to law school as well as those who wish to enter a legal career upon graduation.

Once students fulfill the core requirements of the program, they can choose a concentration area, including Civil Law and Government, Criminal Law or e-Discovery/Digital Forensics.

Each year, a theme related to current events will bring special courses to the Law & Legal Studies program.

Major & Minor Requirements

For more information about major and minor requirements, view the Law & Legal Studies section of the Catalog

Paralegal Option

The Law & Legal Studies major offers a paralegal track for those interested in exploring that career option. Paralegals cannot provide legal advice and must work under attorney supervision.

Experiential Learning

Getting hands-on training in the legal field helps students chart their future—all while helping those in need. Students can participate in a number of experiential learning activities while majoring in Law & Legal Studies.

Contact Information

If you’re interested in the Law & Legal Studies major, please contact Kathleen M. Smith, JD


Contact Information

Kathleen M. Smith, JD
Associate Professor, Law & Legal Studies
(215) 248-7176

Lauren M. Barrow, PhD
Chair, Center for Education, Advocacy & Social Justice
(215) 242-7719