Program Description

The undergraduate Bachelor of Arts major in Law, Societies, and Justice provides students an interdisciplinary liberal arts education regarding the unique forms of social control, institutionalized disputing, and justice commonly identified with law or legality. Courses inquire into the historically embedded principles and institutional practices associated with diverse legal domains — constitutional, criminal, common, civil, and administrative law as well as fundamental human rights — in the United States and throughout much of the world. The program encourages complex, critical assessments about the workings and implications of law in different social contexts according to normative standards of justice that are both internal and external to the rule of law itself.

Students may earn either a major or a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice. Coursework emphasizes close reading of key texts, active classroom engagement with complex ideas, and the development of the capacity to articulate arguments both verbally and in writing. In this way, LSJ courses emphasize the development of the core skills of a liberal arts education rather than seeking to prepare students for a particular professional path such as law school.  Graduates of the program pursue a wide diversity of career lines directly or indirectly related to law, including: the legal profession; legal administration (courts, corrections, probation and parole, etc.); law enforcement (police, FBI, etc.); rights advocacy; government and politics; public policy development and management; academic research and teaching.