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.
As Melissa Faragasso ’17 entered law school this fall, she did so with a foundation in the legal system that few first year law students have, a fact the former legal studies major proved to herself last summer. Thanks to a scholarship she won from the global law firm Clifford Chance, Faragasso was able to attend Barbri's prestigious law preview course at Columbia University, a summer law school prep class taught by the nation’s leading experts in the fields of contracts, property, torts, criminal procedure, criminal law, and constitutional law. Course topics ranged from the arguments for and against negligent infliction of emotional distress to the constitutionality of executing the mentally disabled, exposing students to many of the historical cases that they’ll study during their first year of law school.
As Faragasso worked through the material, one fact became very apparent to her. “I realized how well-prepared I was to begin law school” she said. While her peers struggled, Faragasso excelled. She was already familiar with many of the high-profile cases covered, as well as with how to effectively use legal research sources such as LexisNexis, all of which she covered as an undergraduate.
“This class didn't so much teach me new concepts as it made me extremely confident in the education I had already received through Quinnipiac,” Faragasso said. “I cannot adequately express the gratitude I have for the education I received in the legal studies program.” Even as she begins her law school experience at Fordam University, Faragasso has expressed interest to her former professors in returning to the Quinnipiac campus to speak on their behalf.
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 Assistants
- Litigation Analysts
- Research Associates
- Court Administrators
- Court Clerks
- FBI Agents
- Government Relations Directors
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Policy Developers
- Public Service Administrators
- Data Analysts
- Human Resource Managers
- Social Workers
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.”
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 1||46|
|College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 2||21-24|
|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 101||Introduction to the American Legal System||3|
|LE 211||Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing I||3|
|LE 212||Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing II||3|
|LE 305||Civil Procedures||3|
|LE 340||American Constitutional Law (PO353)||3|
|LE 485||Legal Internship Seminar||3|
|LE 490||Senior Seminar in Law in Society||3|
|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|
|Advanced Legal Writing and Advocacy|
|Wills, Probate and Estate Administration|
|Land Transfer and Closing Procedures|
|Law of Business Entities|
|Alternative Perspectives in the Law Electives|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Gender and the Law (WS 250)|
|International Law (PO 317)|
|International Law and the Individual|
|Health Care Law (HSC 322)|
|European Union Law (PO 329 IB 329)|
|Comparative Constitutional Law (PO 342)|
|Federal Indian Law and Policy|
|Psychology and the Law|
|Legal Studies Electives|
|Introduction to Mock Trial|
|Competitive Mock Trial (may be taken up to three times, or twice if LE 150 was taken)|
|Sports Law (SPS 224)|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|Three additional courses chosen from any LE elective, including those in Legal Practice and Alternative Perspectives||9|
|Additional Requirements 3|
|SO 101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Select a 200-level English course||3|
|Select an American History course||3|
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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