Open Doors to Law Careers

Be ready to succeed in law school or another law-related career in our new legal studies major.

Real-world experience will be yours through a guaranteed, paid internship with our Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society. Write briefs in the district attorney’s office, discuss legal opinions with judges and clerks in the county court, represent a child’s interests as a court-appointed advocate and more.

You’ll get a broad-based introduction to the nature and function of the law and our legal system—giving you the freedom to discover if you’d like to continue to law school or pursue a career in a related field like court administration, criminal investigations, public administration or nonprofit work.

This pre-professional program draws on courses from political science, sociology, anthropology and philosophy, making you the kind of well-rounded student that law schools and employers seek.

Because our bold curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, you'll also develop essential skills like writing, teamwork, presentations, critical thinking, interpersonal relationships and leadership.

Susquehanna students have an excellent acceptance record at law schools across the country. Graduates have gained admission to the following schools in recent years:

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • Capital University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Delaware Law School
  • Dickinson School of Law
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • Indiana University
  • Lewis and Clark Law School
  • New England Law
  • New York University
  • Notre Dame
  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Rutgers University- Newark
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Akron
  • University of Baltimore
  • University at Buffalo School of Law
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • University of Denver College of Law
  • University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Vermont Law School
  • Wake Forest
  • Widener School of Law
  • William & Mary

The legal studies minor is not to be regarded as a prelaw program but is designed to be compatible with and complement various major programs, including those that remain traditional foundations for careers in law. Students planning a legal studies minor should declare their intention during their sophomore year to ensure that the required courses will fit into their program.

To complete the 24-semester-hour minor in legal studies, students must take the following courses: ACCT-210 Legal Environment, POLI-215 Law and Politics, and one of the following: SOCI-255 Crime and Justice, SOCI-350 Punishment and Society, or SOCI-405 Law and Society. Twelve additional semester hours must be selected from the following (at least one of these electives must be at the 300 or 400 level and not already counted toward one of the above requirements): ACCT-220 Introduction to Taxation; ACCT-310 Advanced Business Law; ANTH-311 Regulating Bodies; COMM-481 Media Law; ENST-335 Environmental Laws and Regulations; PHIL-125 Justice; PHIL-122 Resolving Moral Conflicts; POLI-334 International Organizations and Law; POLI-411 Constitutional Law; POLI-412 Civil Liberties; SOCI-255 Crime and Justice; SOCI-350 Punishment and Society; SOCI-405 Law and Society; and LGST-505 Internship in Legal Studies. Other courses may count as electives with the approval of the legal studies coordinator. Students minoring in legal studies are urged to take additional courses in history, economics, sociology, political science and other related fields.

Further information may be secured from Assistant Professor of Political Science Alison Merrill, coordinator of the legal studies program.

Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: only 8 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.

Nicholas J. Clark, Ph.D.

Department: Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email Address clarkn@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4726

Rick Davis, M.Tax/J.D.

Department: Accounting
Professor of Accounting

rdavis@susqu.edu
570-372-4460

Coleen Patricia Zoller, Ph.D.

Department: Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy

Email Address zoller@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4163

Andrea M. Lopez, Ph.D.

Department: Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science

lopez@susqu.edu
570-372-4179

Michael Smyth, Ph.D.

Department: Sociology/Anthropology
Associate Professor of Sociology

Email Address smyth@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4694

Heather Lang, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English

langh@susqu.edu
570-372-4658

Alison Merrill

Department: Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Email Address merrill@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4181

Rolfe D. Peterson

Department: Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science

peterson@susqu.edu
570-372-4170

Michael Thomas

Department: Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Email Address thomasm@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4487

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Legal Studies Program

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Nick Clark
570-372-4726
clarkn@susqu.edu

Arlin M. Adams Center

Gain invaluable real-world experience as you take an up-close look at the criminal justice system with the help of our Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society.

The center helps students land internships and do field research that impacts law enforcement both locally and throughout the country.

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