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Are you interested in politics, the law, business, or government? Then Mercy College’s four-year Legal Studies with a Specialization in Political Science Program is for you. Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, the program is for students interested in law school, or a career in politics and public administration, or in pursuing a graduate degree. 

You’ll develop analytical, writing and oral advocacy skills and will be introduced to the skills necessary to resolve conflict such as: mediation, negotiation and arbitration.

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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include: law, business, government services, international affairs/organizations, interest representation (lobbying), campaign management, non-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), military, conflict management, organizational management, and teaching.

What You'll Get

  • Internship opportunities to gain hands-on knowledge in the field

  • Learn from faculty with practical experience in their fields

Full-Time Fauclty

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Donna Drumm Assistant Professor
Legal Studies

Program Director, Legal Studies
Prof. Diana Juettner
Diana Juettner Professor
Legal Studies

Chair, Social Sciences

Part-Time Faculty

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Larry Arias Adjunct Professor
Legal Studies
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Fernando Correa Adjunct Instructor
Legal Studies
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Christopher Cuomo Adjunct Instructor
Legal Studies
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Ruth Rivera Adjunct Instructor
Legal Studies

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.

Why should I major in Legal Studies with a Specialization in Political Science?

The Legal Studies major with a Specialization in Political Science is for students interested in government or attending law school. The program is designed to help students develop the oral communication, writing and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in government and in the legal community.

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.

Do you offer the program online?

While some courses are offered online, the entire program is not available online.

Do you have an internship program?

Yes, students are afforded the opportunity to intern.

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

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. 


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
  • Demonstrate analytical writing, oral communication and advocacy skills

Academic Program Sequence Map