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Legal Studies

The Legal Studies major provides an excellent background for students interested in pursuing professional careers within the legal system. The major takes a liberal arts approach to the discipline, strongly incorporating the Connected Learning philosophy of the College. Each major culminates in the senior year with a year- long Capstone Experience. This experience includes both a full year Justice Studies Internship and a full year Senior Capstone class. The Legal Studies major is uniquely prepared to conduct legal research and other professional work in government, the courts, agencies, and businesses. Legal Studies students also participate in a series of on-campus "mock trials." Lasell students also have the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate competitions such as the American Mock Trial Association Program and the John Marshall School of Law Undergraduate Mock Trial Competition. The program also offers an introduction to the study of law for students interested in entering law school, as many Legal Studies graduates pursue graduate or law school degrees. There is also a Pre-Law advising program (described below in the Catalog) housed in the Justice Studies department that provides advising assistance for students considering law school. Lasell College is a certified location for administering the "LSAT": The Law School Admission Test. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.The following goals and associated learning outcomes delineate what we strive for students to achieve when they complete the major program of study in Legal Studies:

Goal 1: Disciplinary principles
Upon completion of the major program of study in Legal Studies, students will be able to

  1. demonstrate an understanding of disciplinary concepts
  2. demonstrate an understanding of issues of diversity in the field
  3. demonstrate civic/social responsibility

Goal 2: Professional skills
Upon completion of the major program of study in Legal Studies, students will be able to

  1. compare occupations and career paths in the discipline
  2. evaluate ethical and moral issues in a professional/disciplinary context
  3. perform effectively in a professional environment

Goal 3: Analytical thinking skills
Upon completion of the major program of study in Legal Studies, students will be able to

  1. think critically about issues in the discipline
  2. demonstrate effective quantitative reasoning skills
  3. evaluate appropriate source materials

Goal 4: Communication skills
Upon completion of the major program of study in Legal Studies, students will be able to

  1. communicate effectively in writing
  2. communicate effectively orally
  3. demonstrate competence in use of technology and computing skills