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  • B.S. in Legal Studies

    Interested in a Career in Law?
    Your negotiation and mediation skills will flourish in Mercy's Legal Studies B.S. program.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Legal Studies B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Legal Studies* 36 Credits
Open Electives 24 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Legal Studies must complete:

  • LAWS 130 Intro Legal Studies
  • LAWS 255 Managing Human Conflict I
  • LAWS 310 Intro Law School Experience
  • LAWS 220 The Art of Legal Reasoning or LAWS 310 Intro Law School Experience
  • LAWS 361 Constitutional Law & Policy

and

five additional courses in Legal Studies numbered 203 or above or Paralegal Studies Courses numbered 201 or above.

and

three courses from the following:

  • LAWS 203 Law of Evidence
  • LAWS 220 The Art of Legal Reasoning
  • LAWS 235 Argument/Debate & Court Room
  • LAWS 210 Exploring the NY Courts
  • LAWS 256 Managing Human Conflict II
  • LAWS 295 Contemp Issues Legal Studies
  • LAWS 380 Co-op Education in Laws I
  • LAWS 381 Co-op Education in Laws II
  • ENGL 402 Applied English Grammar
  • ENGL 404 The Structure/Form of English
  • Any Political Science Course numbered 300 or above.

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration in Legal Studies.

* Note: No more than twelve credits of Paralegal Studies courses may be taken for the Legal Studies major.

How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Will you accept transfer credits toward the major?
Yes, we will review courses from accredited institutions and accept up to 18 credits in transfer toward the major.
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 workplace experience.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1-800-MERCY NY to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
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.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Do you have an internship program?
Yes, students are afforded the opportunity to intern.
Do you offer the program online?
While some courses are offered online, the entire program is not available online.
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.
Diana D'Amico Juettner Professor, Social Sciences
Donna Bookin Assistant Professor, Legal and Justice Studies

Legal Studies Overview

The Legal Studies program is designed for students who are interested in a career in the law. The program gives you the opportunity to learn from legal professionals. 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 will be introduced to the techniques of successful negotiation and mediation and will have the chance to develop these skills in more advanced courses.

Legal Studies FAQS

Will you accept transfer credits toward the major?
Yes, we will review courses from accredited institutions and accept up to 18 credits in transfer toward the major.
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 workplace experience.

Legal Studies Fast Facts

  • Internships are available

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Legal Studies program are prepared for Law School, Careers in Politics & Administration, Interest Representation (Lobbying), and Conflict Management.

Other Legal Studies Programs
  • Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies
  • Legal Studies: Political Science