Quinnipiac’s Law in Society program combines the classic values of a liberal arts education with the critical thinking, analytical writing and oral presentation skills of the legal profession to prepare graduates who are active and thoughtful citizens in their local and global communities.

Program Overview

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Focused learning

Students on all of our campuses have areas inside and outside that are designed to provide opportunities to collaborate and reflect.

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.


A degree in law in society can position you for a career in a growing number of specialized and in-demand opportunities. Graduates can work in law offices, government agencies, businesses, education and related specialties. Law in Society majors gain abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers.

Examples of careers for law in society majors:

Legal field

  • Consultants
  • Legal Assistants
  • Litigation Analysts
  • Paralegals
  • Research Associates

Government/state agencies

  • Court Administrators
  • Court Clerks
  • FBI Agents
  • Government Relations Directors
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Policy Developers
  • Public Service Administrators


  • Data Analysts
  • Historians
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers
  • Reporters

Faculty Spotlight: Jill Martin

Earning a lifetime achievement award

Jill Martin, legal studies professor and department chair at Quinnipiac, received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Paralegal Education in 2019. AAfPE was founded in 1981 to serve paralegal educators and their institutions, and improve the quality of paralegal education programs. Martin has been a member for 35 years, serving as president, board member, national conference chair, regional conference chair, credentials committee chair and editor-in-chief of AAfPE’s professional journal.

“I am honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from AAfPE,” said Martin. “I have enjoyed every minute of my involvement in AAfPE. I’ve learned so much and made many wonderful friends.”

Jill Martin speaking at podium

Making connections

Jill Martin is constantly seeking ways to improve her classroom through her involvement with AAfPE.

Martin has engaged with fellow AAfPE members from all across the country at various conferences. She views these sessions as opportunities to improve her teaching, and by extension, the legal studies department at Quinnipiac.

“AAfPE provides me with new ideas and best practices for teaching undergraduate law courses,” she said. “I can learn a different way of integrating a topic, or how to better incorporate technology into my classes.”

An attorney admitted to practice in both New York and Connecticut, Martin has worked closely with paralegals for many years and remains an active member of both the American Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association. A former member of the ABA Approval Commission, she has visited many legal studies programs over the years. These visits enabled her to see how other departments operate and glean new ways she can improve as an educator.

“My teaching has always changed over the years to meet the needs of the students,” she said.


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Law in Society Curriculum 

Students majoring in Law in Society must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
Law in Society Core Requirements
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all Law in Society core requirements at the 200 level or above, to move to the next required courses.
LE 101Introduction to the American Legal System3
LE 211Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing I3
LE 212Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing II3
LE 305Civil Procedures3
LE 340American Constitutional Law (PO353)3
LE 485Legal Internship Seminar3
LE 490Senior Seminar in Law in Society3
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
LE 312
Family Law
LE 315
Wills, Probate and Estate Administration
LE 320
Land Transfer and Closing Procedures
LE 328
Employment Law
LE 330
Law of Business Entities
LE 345
Intellectual Property
LE 355
Environmental Law
LE 360
LE 370
Alternative Perspectives in the Law Electives
Select one of the following: 3
LE 250
Gender and the Law (WS 250)
LE 317
International Law (PO 317)
LE 319
International Law and the Individual
LE 329
European Union Law
LE 336
Immigration Law
LE 342
Comparative Constitutional Law (PO 342)
LE 356
International Environmental Law
Legal Studies Electives
LE 115
Criminal Law
LE 150
Introduction to Mock Trial
LE 160
Competitive Mock Trial (may be taken up to three times, or twice if LE 150 was taken)
LE 200
Special Topics
LE 224
Sports Law (SPS 224)
LE 225
Alternative Dispute Resolution
LE 233
Law for Everyday Life
LE 300
Special Topics
LE 312
Family Law
LE 322
Health Care Law (HSC 322)
Three additional courses chosen from any LE elective, including those in Legal Practice and Alternative Perspectives9
Additional Requirements 3
SO 101Introduction to Sociology3
Select a 200-level English course3
Select an American History course3
Free Electives5-8
Total Credits120-126

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements. 


Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.


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.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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