Law & Public Affairs
Law and Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary major including a core set of courses that give students the background to appraise and understand the American justice system and legal issues. The Law and Publich Affairs program examines the law as it cuts across themes central to other disciplines and how law permeates social, political, economic and other institutions. The student will examine how decisions are made by these institutions and policy is created, and will develop skills in advocacy, research, problem-solving, writing and critical thinking necessary for pursuing jobs in public affairs. Students will also be exposed to a global perspective on law and justice, comparing American legal issues and policies to those of other cultures. Students will have Connected Learning and internship opportunities to build and enhance student learning. Students trained in the Law and Public Affairs major are prepared to pursue career opportunities in policy and regulation, advocacy, non-profit agency work, government agency work, legal offices for municipalities, or government organizations. Students may also continue with graduate study in such fields as public administration, policy studies, management programs, and political science or law. Graduates with degrees in Law and Public Affairs are qualified to work various jobs in public affairs, such as a lobbyist, a city and regional planner, a public or program administrator, a volunteer coordinator, a community outreach coordinator, law firm work-public interest or otherwise, and/or corporate work in related organizations. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts from the Justice Studies Department.