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The Legal Studies program is designed for students who are interested in a career in the law.

Practicing attorneys will help you develop the oral communication, writing and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in law school.

Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in the law, business or government, the student who majors in general Legal Studies students will be introduced to the techniques of successful negotiation and mediation and will have the chance to develop these skills in more advanced courses.

A Legal Studies student in the Mercy College Library (Legal Section).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Legal Studies program are prepared for law school as well as careers in politics & administration, interest representation (lobbying) and conflict management.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

Do you have online courses?

Yes. Many of our major courses are taught online on a rotating basis.

What are the benefits of majoring in Legal Studies?

The Legal Studies major provides a strong foundation for students interested in attending law school. The program helps you develop the oral communication, writing and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the legal profession. The Legal Studies major also provides the student with the skill set necessary for a career in government, politics or public administration.

Am I eligible for induction into an honor society?

Yes. With 75 degree credits and 15 major credits (and overall GPA at least 3.3, major GPA 3.4), you are eligible for induction into Pi Gamma Mu, the National Honor Society for the Social Sciences.

Program Details & Curriculum


General Liberal Arts and Sciences

General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration
Legal Studies: 36 Credits
Open Electives: 24 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog. 


Academic Program Sequence Map

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Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Identify and explain both federal and state governments and their respective court systems
  • Conduct research which effectively integrates primary source material
  • Critically analyze and interpret the law; evaluate the legal arguments
  • Apply ethical concepts to legal and political situations