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Minor in Legal Studies

Legal studies is a minor designed to help students understand what the law is, where it comes from, and how the laws of a community or nation interact with its culture to affect social justice outcomes. The minor prepares students for a professional career in a law-related field (law, politics, business) and is open to anyone interested in law in society and legal development.

Roosevelt University and The John Marshall Law School cooperate in offering combined credit programs leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor and the baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) in six years. Under these programs, successful completion of the first 29 credit hours at John Marshall Law School may be credited toward the completion of the baccalaureate degree at Roosevelt.


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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Minor
Students interested in the BA/JD or BS/JD program with John Marshall Law School must be admitted separately to each institution. They may begin their courses at John Marshall after completing 91 or more credit hours at Roosevelt, after successful completion of the required courses, and after successful application to the law school program, reflecting the qualifications needed for admission as established by The John Marshall Law School Admission Office.

At least 61 credit hours must be taken at Roosevelt University, with no more than 30 credit hours transferred from another undergraduate institution. The final 30 hours must be taken at Roosevelt. All university core requirements (including distribution and other general education requirements) must be completed as part of the 91 or more credit hours.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

The courses of the minor are divided into legal ideas and legal skills categories. Students can expect to engage in contemplation of what "justice" is, when and whether laws are just, and develop skills in interpretation, critical analysis, and evaluation of legal concepts and questions.

Sample Courses

  • Philosophy of Law
  • U.S. Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Logic
  • The Art of Persuasion
  • Business Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Outcomes

Career Options
  • Public or private sector lawyer (e.g., district attorney, counsel at large)
  • Staff for an elected or public official (e.g., legislative analyst, chief of staff)
  • Government affairs/lobbying

Preparation for Law School
Legal studies minors have gone on to attend the following programs: Kent College of Law, DePaul University College of Law, Loyola University School of Law, The John Marshall Law School