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Legal Studies at Ithaca College is an interdisciplinary program.

Core requirements expose students to the political,  sociological, philosophical, economic, and communicative elements of law. Students learn legal concepts, legal analysis, legal language, and how legal institutions function within larger contexts.

Core requirements prepare students to create a self-designated concentration tailored to individual student interests and with the guidance of a legal studies advisor.

Opportunities in Legal Studies

Legal studies is good preparation for careers in law, business, politics, the non-profit sector, the criminal justice system, international human rights, social advocacy, community organizing,  and graduate programs in many of the social sciences and humanities.

During their senior year, legal studies majors learn methods of legal research, which they then apply to an intensive internship experience or major research project.

Mock trial provides students with an opportunity to argue legal cases in a simulated courtroom setting.

Pre-law advising provides preparation and advice for students interested in attending law school.

The legal studies minor provides grounding in legal thought, analysis, and institutions that is useful in fields such as journalism, business, politics, economics, sociology, communications, psychology, and more.

For more information

Contact Craig Duncan, Legal Studies Coordinator and Professor of Philosophy