Legal Studies (B.A.)

Law affects society at virtually every level and touches almost every profession. That’s why the legal studies major and minor offer students the opportunity to learn about the ideas, institutions, and processes of law from multiple perspectives.

The core elements of the major give students a competitive edge by balancing liberal arts and applied theory. You’ll examine the various social, political, philosophical, and sociological factors that shape the evolution and application of law in our society. You’ll also study the relationship between the law and diversity issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, and class.

Our major and minor programs stress the interdisciplinary nature of law while providing a broad spectrum of academic and professional options in not only law but business, teaching, public policy, health administration, and social work.

A student interns at the Tompkins County Courthouse.
Selected Courses
  • Political Justice
  • Law and the Media
  • The Legal Environment of Business
  • Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties