Legal Studies Minor

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Legal studies minors get prepared to thrive by studying how law functions in our society.

This interdisciplinary minor can provide you with perspectives on legal systems and processes. These are the experiences that position you to succeed in law school, legal careers, the courts, and public affairs.

Where a background in legal studies can take you.

The minor in legal studies is a great compliment to a major in political science, business administration, philosophy or history. A background in legal studies can propel toward an interesting career in politics, public service or policy, corporate relations, and many more.

A closer look.

The legal studies minor is based upon common coursework in constitutional law, the legal system, and American government. It provides an opportunity to gain perspectives on the law through elective coursework in areas like history, philosophy, and business. Beyond the classroom, all students are required to spend time with legal practitioners in contexts like drug court, the District Attorney’s Office, or a law firm.

Beyond the basic.

Like all Hartwick students, legal studies minors learn by doing. They study in small classes with expert faculty. They travel the world. They get ready for meaningful careers and interesting lives. They thrive.

Putting legal studies to work.

Legal studies minors are employed in wide variety of interesting fields, and many go on to study at the most prestigious law and graduate schools in the nation.

Meet the legal studies faculty.

James Buthman
Associate Professor of Political Science & Coordinator of Environment, Sustainability & Society
Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
Areas of expertise:
Public policy and American government with an emphasis on environmental and energy policy.
Matthew Chick
Assistant Professor of Political Science & Pre-Law Program Coordinator
Ph.D. Washington University
Laurel Elder
Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Areas of expertise:
American politics with a particular focus on public opinion and voting, political parties and elections, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender.


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