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BA in Political Science-Legal Studies Concentration

 

While successful pre-law students can major in almost any area of study, many pre-law students have an overlapping interest in law and politics. For these students, Edinboro University offers a bachelor's degree in political science that allows for a concentration in legal studies.

To download a pdf copy of the curriculum requirement sheet for the BA in political science-legal studies concentration, click here.  

Legal studies program description

Political Science-Legal Studies students at Edinboro University develop a sophisticated understanding of politics, law, and legal systems, as well as an understanding of related fields of knowledge, such as history, ethics, and economics. Students develop skills in critical thinking, research, legal analysis, and oral and written communication. In class and through an optional internship experience, students learn to use their knowledge and developed skills to address real life problems in politics, policy, and law, and are prepared to serve in roles of responsibility in the community. Legal Studies is an ideal major for students who want to practice law or work in any law-related field.

Legal studies program objectives

What do we want legal studies students to learn while they are at Edinboro? Our B.A. in political science-legal studies  is meant to achieve five major objectives:

Objective 1: Knowledge of politics, law, and legal systems. Students will possess a sophisticated undersatnding of politics in all of the major fields of political science (comparative politics, political theory, international relations, and American politics). Students will also possess a sophisticated understanding of the major fields of law and the components and dynamics of legal systems. Furthermore, students will possess a competent understanding of fields of knowledge that are related to and affect the law and legal systems (history, ethics, psychology, and economics). 

Objective 2: Critical analysis. Students will possess the ability to interpret, analyze, and critique political and legal phenomena. Student facility in critical analysis is enhanced by the following:

  • Critical thinking skills: Students can analyze empirical phenomena carefully, reasonably, and skeptically
  • Normative analysis and critique: Students are able to engage in rigorous normative analysis of political phenomena
  • Research skills: Students have developed research skills, including question formulation, research design, data gathering, and data analysis and interpretation
  • Skill in legal analysis: Students are able to read, analyze, and critique legal language, such as that found in statutes and court opinions
Objective 3: Practical application of knowledge. Students possess the ability to use their knowledge and research skills to address real-life problems. 

Objective 4: Effective communication skills. Students are able to communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively orally and in writing. 

Objective 5: Preparation for the workforce and responsible citizenship.  Students are prepared to enter the workforce and serve in roles of responsibility within the community. This includes preparation to succeed in law school and in legal practice.