Legal Studies: Political Science Overview
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.
Please note that this Specialization does not prepare students for a career as a Paralegal and that the Specialization in Political Science is not approved by the American Bar Association. If you are interested in becoming a Paralegal please view our Paralegal specialization page.
Positions in politics and government are the most typical choices for political science graduates, in addition to law-related careers. You could also use your political science specialization as a springboard into any number of nonpolitical, nongovernmental fields as well, from business to the media.
Career fields include:
- campaign management
- conflict management
- government services
- interest representation (lobbying)
- international affairs
- non-profits/non-governmental (NGOs) advocacy
- public advocacy
The Mercy Advantage
Learn by participating in community service opportunities
Preparation for law school or other graduate degrees
Learn from faculty with practical experience in their fields
Internship opportunities to gain hands-on knowledge in the field
Frequently Asked Questions
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships.
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.
Yes. With 75 degree credits and 21 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.
While some courses are offered online, the entire program is not available online.
Yes, students are afforded the opportunity to intern.
Program Details & Curriculum
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
Legal Studies: 36 Credits
Open Electives: 24 Credits
Total: 120 Credits
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