The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies is a liberal arts program designed for students interested in public or private sector opportunities which require broad-based knowledge of the law, such as legal assisting or paralegal careers. The program also provides a foundation for students interested in attending law school or other post-graduate legal studies programs.
Using Legal Studies as a vehicle for reflection and analysis, students are encouraged to examine both the philosophical and the practical. Students will be asked to consider important moral and ethical questions, such as “What is the law?” “What is justice?” and “How do American legal institutions contribute to our democracy?” More practical courses, such as The Legal Reasoning Process and Mock Trial, allow students to hone their abilities to think critically and express themselves logically, persuasively, and clearly.
Students may either major or minor in Legal Studies. This intellectually challenging sequence of study includes classes from a variety of NEC programs, such as Criminal Justice, the Social Sciences, Business, and Political Science. Accordingly, Legal Studies at NEC is an interdisciplinary curriculum which allows students to study legal ideas, institutions, and process and to develop the analytic and composition skills necessary for success in a variety of law-related endeavors.
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